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PhD scholarship for Science Education Research - Closed

PhD scholarship for Science Education Research is now closed.

Status: Closed
Applications open: CLOSED
Applications close: CLOSED

About this scholarship

Description/Applicant information

Two PhD scholarships (covering the living stipend for three years), funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project grant, are available for the holders to conduct research in a project that investigates students’ interactions in drawing science diagrams and their benefits in enhancing students’ scientific creativity. Nationally and internationally, there is a growing demand to engage students in scientific thinking and build their creative problem-solving capabilities through evidence-based teaching strategies. This project is addressing the challenge by:

(1) identifying students’ creative thinking from their science diagrams and their interaction with peers;

(2) devising and evaluating teaching strategies to support students’ creative scientific thinking. The PhD students will work with high school science teachers to develop teaching materials, video-record classroom interactions, conduct interviews, analyse class videos and diagrams, and write peer-reviewed journal articles.

The successful PhD students will be supervised by a team of experienced science education researchers (Dr Mihye Won, Professor David F. Treagust, and Dr Kok-Sing Tang) from the STEM Education Research Group (formerly Science and Mathematics Education Centre—SMEC) at Curtin University.

Student type
  • Current Students
  • Future Students
  • Humanities
Course type
  • Postgraduate Research

Non-gender specific

  • Australian Citizen
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • International students
Scholarship base
  • Merit Based
Maximum number awarded



$27,082.00 per annum for 3 years (2018 RTP rate)

Eligibility criteria
Candidates for these PhD scholarships are expected to:
 Hold an undergraduate degree in science or education at a high level (honours) of academic achievement;

• Demonstrate an aptitude for research through their analytical skills and creative thinking;

• Be able to work in a team setting and take responsibility for their individual tasks;

• Be experienced in the use of digital technology and software packages;

• Possess excellent spoken and written communications skills that may be evidenced, for example, through their undergraduate   thesis/project work and presentations given; and

• Practise well-developed time- and self-management skills with strong personal discipline and drive in their work.

How to apply

Application process
Interested applicants please email expression of interest to Dr Mihye Won with the CV and transcripts.
Shortlisted applicants will be contacted to apply for admission via Curtin online e-application:
Scholarship is subject to approval of admission at Curtin in the HDR course.

Need more information?

For more detail or informal discussion of the research project and/or your suitability, please contact: Dr Mihye Won, (, +61-8-9266-4074).


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