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Scholarship details

2023 HDR Curtin round - COVID-19, Impacts on Family and Domestic Violence and Refugee and Migrant Communities

Status: Closed

Applications open: 8/07/2022
Applications close: 18/08/2022

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About this scholarship

Global and national reports have revealed the devastating impact of the COVID-19 social isolation measures on victims of DFV. National statistics highlight that DFV continues to be a major health and welfare issue. CALD women, including refugee and migrant women and their children, are particularly vulnerable, especially women without family in Australia, women financially dependent on their husband/partner and limited proficiency in English. Whilst DFV occurs across the spectrum of class, age and culture, some women have been identified as being at greater risk, these include:  women who are Indigenous, pregnant, separating from partners, have disabilities, experiencing financial hardship and CALD women.

Recent cases of intimate partner homicide nationally have involved CALD women and highlight an urgent need to undertake research to provide evidence to study the impact of COVID-19 lockdown and social isolation on DFV among CALD women. The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2022 -2030 states that current knowledge needs strengthening to fill gaps and support effective responses for CALD women and their children. 

Therefore, there is an urgent need to undertake robust research that can be translated into culturally safe interventions. This project responds to this urgent need and will develop a multi-stage, trauma-informed, culturally responsive, self-help and safety intervention using Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR). The research will co-design a Self-Help and Safety intervention (SHSI), pilot and evaluate it and propose policy and program recommendations. 

An Internship opportunity may also be available with this project.

  • Future Students
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Higher Degree by Research
  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • International Student
  • Merit Based

The annual scholarship package (stipend and tuition fees) is approx. $60,000 - $70,000 p.a.


Successful HDR applicants for admission will receive a 100% fee offset for up to 4 years, stipend scholarships, valued at $28,854 p.a. for up to a maximum of 3.5 years, are determined via a competitive selection process. Applicants will be notified of the scholarship outcome in November 2022. 


For detailed information, visit: Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships | Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

Scholarship Details


All applicable HDR courses

A domestic or international student with expertise in mixed methods and strengths in qualitative research. Has some experience in community based research and working with migrant populations. 

Application process

If this project excites you, and your research skills and experience are a good fit for this specific project, you should contact the Project Lead (listed below in the enquires section) via the Expression of Interest (EOI) form. ahead of the closing date.

Enrolment Requirements

Eligible to enrol in a Higher Degree by Research Course at Curtin University by March 2023


To enquire about this project opportunity that includes a scholarship application, contact the Project lead, Dr Jaya Dantas via the EOI form above.

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