Inclusive Classrooms. Inclusive Schools.Inclusive Communities.

Research in Inclusive and Specialised Education (RISE) is a multidisciplinary team of researchers, consultants and professional educators located within the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work.

We bring deep industry knowledge and research expertise related to all aspects of inclusive education. We are committed to strengthening inclusive classrooms, schools and communities where every child and young person can thrive.

Flinders University is one of Australia’s most experienced providers of education for specialist teachers and leaders working with students with disabilities, advanced abilities and special educational needs across a range of settings. We have a sustained track record of collaborating with industry partners and producing quality research with real-world impact.

RISE aims to produce and disseminate research that informs and enhances effective, inclusive education for diverse children and young people.

PhD Scholarship Opportunity

Establishing and Sustaining a Schoolwide Tiered Support System for Inclusive Education

Opening Date: 01/02/2022                   Closing Date: 28/02/2022


We are seeking candidates for a PhD scholarship for an industry funded research project focused on inclusive education: Establishing and Sustaining a Schoolwide Multi-Tiered System of Support for Inclusive Education. The project is a long-term, five-year partnership between the Flinders University Research in Inclusive & Specialised Education (RISE) team within the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work, and Riverbanks College, to support the establishment of Schoolwide Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) for inclusive education. It is based on an iterative co-design approach, such that specific components and strategies to address the College’s broad aims will develop over time and in collaboration, as Riverbanks College and its priorities related to inclusive education develop. Within this project, the PhD candidate will have scope to research an area of interest that addresses tiered academic, social, emotional and/or behavioural MTSS (e.g., Schoolwide Positive Behaviour Support). This scholarship provides an excellent opportunity for a suitable candidate to develop academic and applied research skills while working with a team of experienced researchers and educators in an area of national significance.


The scholarship includes:

  • a stipend valued at $28 854* per annum (2022 rate) tax free
  • a Research Training Program Fee Offset Scholarship to cover tuition fees for Australian Citizens, NZ Citizens and Permanent Residents.

The scholarship is awarded for three years; PhD completion may be extended to four years.


To be eligible for the award of this scholarship a student must:

Be an Australian citizen; or New Zealand citizen; or have been granted permanent resident status; and

  • meet PhD admission requirements including: an Australian Honours degree Class 1 or 2A or equivalent qualification (at least AQF Level 8), including a research component of at least 6 months (e.g., Master’s dissertation) achieving Distinction (75%) OR including evidence of equivalent research experience, such as a substantial first-author refereed publication or track record as an investigator on a competitive grant; and
  • be available to commence as a full-time PhD student at Flinders University during semester 1 (admitted by March 31, 2022) or no later than May 2, 2022.


Those who apply for the scholarship opportunity must also apply for admission to a relevant Higher Degree Research program (PhD) if they have not already done so.  Instructions on how to apply for PhD admission can be found here:

By lodging the separate application for PhD admission, applicants acknowledge:

  • The ‘Supervisor confirmation’ must refer to the application for this scholarship
  • The application for PhD admission will only be assessed where:
    • The applicant is successful in being awarded the scholarship


  • The applicant confirms in the application for PhD admission that, if they are not successful in being awarded the scholarship, their supervisors agree that the project and enrolment can still proceed and the applicant agrees to this.

All other applications for PhD admission lodged in line with this scholarship opportunity will be not be assessed and will be withdrawn.


The applications for HDR (PhD) admission and the scholarship will be separate processes; applications for admission to candidature are submitted electronically.

Prior to submitting applications, prospective applicants are advised to contact the Project Lead, Dr Julie McMillan via email ( to discuss their interest in and eligibility for the opportunity.  The Project Lead may invite you to apply and request a copy of your CV together with a covering letter outlining your relevant qualifications, experience, research experience and reasons for applying for the scholarship.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted via email by March 7th and may be requested to attend an online or in-person interview.

The successful candidate will ideally begin by March 31st, subject to negotiation (and not later than May 2nd, 2022)