Fraser Mustard PhD Top-Up Scholarship

Applications open
Open now
Applications close
30 April 2022
Payment per year
$12,000 per annum ($8,000/pa stipend + $4,000/pa operating)
Up to 3 years
Postgraduate Research
Australian Citizens
Australian Permanent Residents
New Zealand Citizens
Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holders
International Students
Type of Scholarship
Supplementary Scholarships
Available In
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics (ABLE)
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Available To
Future Students
Commencing Students

The Fraser Mustard Centre, named in honour of Dr Fraser Mustard’s contribution to child development in South Australia, is a research collaboration between the Department for Education and the Telethon Kids Institute.

The Fraser Mustard PhD Top-Up scholarship provides funding to a PhD candidate who has received an Australian post-graduate award. Commencing in 2022, a three (3) year PhD Top-up Scholarship is available for an outstanding student who is passionate about improving developmental, health and education outcomes for children and young people.

Potential area/s of study

The following areas are of interest, but all topics will be considered:

  • Social and emotional wellbeing, mental health, school engagement and academic achievement of South Australian primary and high school students.
  • School breakfast programs designed to reduce breakfast skipping among students, as well as effects of skipping breakfast on child and adolescent wellbeing and academic outcomes.
  • The home environment including language exposure and screen use, during the early years and its influence on children’s health and development.
  • Genetic testing, childhood disease/disorder and wellbeing and education outcomes
  • Early education and care pathways and children’s later development outcomes


To be eligible, applicants must:

  • have completed an undergraduate degree with First Class Honours (or demonstrate equivalent research experience);
  • meet the admission requirements for a PhD at an Australian University. See eligibility for PhD admission and how to apply for information relevant to University of Adelaide applicants.  
  • be willing to enrol full-time for a research higher degree (PhD or equivalent) in an Australian University;
  • have submitted an application for a Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship or equivalent scholarship. See apply for scholarship for information relevant to University of Adelaide applicants.

The successful PhD candidate will be co-supervised by a team member from the Telethon Kids Institute and/or Department for Education and they will be expected to spend some of their time at the centre working on their PhD.


The top-up scholarship is valued at $12,000 per annum (comprising $8,000/pa stipend and $4,000/pa research support).


To apply, applicants should please provide:

  • a cover letter outlining your research interests and how they align with the work of the Fraser Mustard Centre.
  • a copy of your university scholarship application (please note that you must apply separately for scholarship support - see University of Adelaide scholarship ) - students should email verification that a scholarship has been awarded as soon as possible.
  • your tertiary studies academic record - students should email Honours or Masters results as soon as possible.
  • your updated curriculum vitae (CV)
  • contact details of 2 referees.

Applications will be judged on merit. 

Applications close 30 April 2022.

Alanna Sincovich
08 8207 2039

Trudy Crickmar 

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