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Scholarship details

2023 RTP - Understanding digital behaviours in children and how they might influence movement

Status: Open

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

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About this scholarship

Digital technologies are an integral part of children’s lives, and create potential benefits in relation to education and social connection, but also potential risks for children’s health, wellbeing and development. These benefits and risks are yet to be clearly understood. Evidence is needed to build an understanding of what technology children are using, when and how much they are using it, what other activities this might be displacing, and what physiological and biomechanical impacts this use may have. Currently, information about technology use is based on parent-report diaries and questionnaires that are of limited fidelity, with little information on contemporary technologies such as mobile touch screen devices. 

The aim of this project is to utilise best available methods to capture what, when and how much digital technology is being used by young children and assess short term physical impacts to better understand the movement and health implications of digital device use in young children. 

The proposed program of research will include a systematic review, field observation studies and laboratory studies. The systematic review will cover the best ways to track children’s behaviours when using digital devices. The field study will involve observation and wearable sensor data collection of young children in their daily lives. The laboratory study will include detailed physiological and biomechanical measures such as heart rate, muscle activity, posture and movement. 

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
  • 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

• English language IELTS level of: 7
• Future PhD applicants
• First class honours
• Experience working with children desirable
• Experience with posture/physical activity research desirable
• Experience with sophisticated numeric data analysis desirable 

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, Associate Professor Amity Campbell via the EOI form above.

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