PhD Scholarship with the Edge Study

Opens: 25 June 2022  | Closes: 31 August 2022  |  Study Level: PhD

The Research in Effective Education in Early Childhood (REEaCh) Hub at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education seeks expressions of interest from eligible graduates for a PhD position studying the quality of child–teacher interactions in three-year-old kindergarten programs. The PhD position is part of the Educational and Developmental Gains in Early Childhood (EDGE) Study, a partnership between REEaCh and The Front Project, working closely with the Victorian Department of Education and Training for a five-year evaluation of the state-wide roll-out of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten in Victoria.

The PhD project is focused on the quality of feedback in learning experiences, how teachers respond to young children’s interests and how children’s inquiry is supported and extended by responsive engagement. The quality of interactions in early childhood environments has an impact on children’s learning and development. The PhD candidate, with support from academic supervisors, will investigate the details of these interactions to identify how responsivity is achieved. The aim of this higher degree by research is to contribute to the EDGE team’s investigation of what matters most in the provision of three-year-old Kindergarten.

The successful candidate will:

* Have experience in designing and implementing a research project and working with empirical data ;

* Demonstrated experience and interest in young children’s learning and/or teacher practices in early childhood education;

* Strong communication skills, demonstrated through presentations in seminars, workshops and conferences;

* Demonstrated ability to work with a team;

* Independent capacity to lead and collaborate in research outputs (e.g. publication of journal articles, book chapters, research reports)


The successful candidates will receive a scholarship of approx. $32,400 pro rata per year for 3.5 years of the PhD (full time).


To be eligible or considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • have an honours or postgraduate degree in early childhood education, psychology (with evidence of an interest in young children’s learning), linguistics (with focus on language acquisition, pragmatics or conversation analysis) or related discipline.
  • satisfy the School’s PhD entry requirements (e.g. a research component in a relevant postgraduate degree).
  • Must commence by January 2023

Full-time enrolment is a condition of this scholarship position.

We encourage you to contact us at if you wish to discuss your eligibility, the requirements of the research proposal or any other aspect of the scholarship.


Applicants will be considered based on:

  • A research proposal stating the rationale, aims, and methological design of a possible PhD project focusing on child–teacher interactions. The successful candidate will be supported to use conversation analysis as a method; ideally this would be included in the design of a proposed project. The proposal should be no longer than 1,500 words (excluding references)
  • Curriculum vitae – with a focus on previous research and professional experience, current educational qualifications, research and professional publications
  • Academic transcript
  • Contact details for two academic referees


Candidates will be advised of the outcome of their EOI by email as soon as possible.


For EOI, please contact: Dr Amelia Church ( EOI (Proposal, CV with referee contact details, Academic transcript) should be emailed as a single PDF document.

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