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Scholarship details

HDR Scholarship 2023 - PhD Scholarship - Youth drinking trends

Status: Closed

Applications open: 18/04/2023
Applications close: 31/05/2023

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About this scholarship

Young people are drinking less than ever. But we don’t know whether this continues over the life-course. This ARC-funded scholarship will help identify ways to ensure that recent declines in adolescent drinking are maintained and reinforced as these young people age. It will generate new knowledge on the trajectories of youth drinking into young adulthood, changing risk and protective factors for alcohol problems and will help develop new and effective harm prevention policies and interventions. The project focuses on young people in Australia, Sweden and the UK and will involve significant collaboration with key international research teams and likely international travel.

The PhD candidate will join the growing Melbourne office of the National Drug Research Institute and will tackle key components of the overall project, including for example, the relationship between health inequalities and drinking trends.

  • Future Students
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Higher Degree by Research
  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • Merit Based

The scholarship provides a living stipend of $32,250.00 p.a. indexed, based on full-time study for up to 3 years

Scholarship Details


Any HDR student with strong quantitative skills and an interest in the topic

The team is inviting applications for PhD candidates to join the NDRI Melbourne office

Applicants should:

  • Be based in Australia
  • Have a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline requiring the completion of a publicly available thesis or research project to an acceptable standard; OR
  • A Bachelor’s degree with first class honours

Relevant disciplines include Public Health, Epidemiology, Statistics, Psychology and related fields.

Additionally, the applicant should have:

  • Quantitative research skills and some experience in the use of statistical packages

Application process

Please email Assoc Professor Michael Livingston ( an expression of interest with:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Academic transcripts
  • A brief covering letter (no more than 2 sides A4) that addresses the eligibility criteria. The letter should explain why you are interested in the project and how your skills, attributes and experience make you a good candidate for the award.

Enrolment Requirements

Must enrol in the PhD Program via full-time study mode and meet the relevant milestone requirements for a PhD.


Please email any queries to Michael Livingston (

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