HDR scholarship opportunity! School Engagement of African Heritage Students

Applications are now open for a PhD scholarship to initiate and conduct research on the topic ‘School Engagement of African Heritage Students’.

Addressing the problem of school disengagement is of great importance. In Australia, school disengagement is a ‘hidden crisis,’ and the problem is even deeper among refugee youth such as those from African backgrounds. Educationally disengaged youth are at greater risk of unemployment, poverty, risky health behaviours, and social withdrawal. This PhD project is part of a larger Australian Research Council (ARC) funded four-year Future Fellowship project investigating the issue of school engagement among African heritage students from refugee backgrounds. The Future Fellowship project aims to advance an innovative approach to understanding and improving school engagement of refugee students. The findings of the project will:

  1. Inform policy, school practices, and community services.
  2. Enhance the educational attainment of refugee students.
  3. Make a theoretical contribution to equity research in the sociology of education.

The PhD project associated with this Future Fellowship will investigate school engagement among refugee students. The candidate can choose one or more of the fellowship’s five interactive inquiry domains. These are sectoral policies, school practices, biographical contexts of students, parental engagement, and community-based educational services. The PhD project may involve interviewing students and their parents, visiting schools, and reviewing relevant policy documents. The exact nature of the PhD project will be developed in consultation with supervisors Dr Tebeje Molla and Prof Amanda Keddie. The PhD will provide opportunities for the candidate to present and publish with the principal supervisor Dr Tebeje Molla as part of the project outcomes. This research is partially funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council.

If you are passionate about equity, student engagement, and refugee education and interested in doing a PhD in education find out more: HDR Scholarship – African Heritage Students

News 21 March 2023
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