PhD Scholarship

Wanting to make a difference in the world of Swimming and Water Safety?

A PhD Scholarship opportunity is available now with Deakin University – Health and Royal Life Saving Society – Australia to initiate and conduct research on ‘Reducing drowning: understanding factors which contribute to risk and targeting those at risk’. Find out more about this PhD opportunity and how to apply by visiting:

Project Supervisor: Prof Lisa Barnett

Additional Supervision
Stacey Pidgeon (Royal Life Saving Society)
Penny Larson (Royal Life Saving Society)

School: School of Health and Social Development

Faculty: Faculty of Health

Location: Melbourne Burwood Campus

Important dates

Applications will remain open until a candidate has been appointed


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $28,900 per annum tax exempt (2022 rate)
  • International students only:  Tuition fees offset for the duration of 4 years. Single Overseas Student Health Cover policy for the duration of the student visa.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be either a domestic or international candidate. Domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship.
  • meet Deakin’s PhD entry requirements
  • be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master’s degree with a substantial research component.

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information.