A PhD Scholarship opportunity is available within the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle for a student to study the experiences of the children of Australian veterans under the supervision of Dr Milena Heinsch

A range of psychosocial impacts have been identified for the children of veterans, including mental health, developmental, educational and behavioural challenges.

Australian research exploring these impacts is in its infancy. However, an increasing number of non-Australian studies, mainly from America, have highlighted the need to develop interventions which address the multiple challenges faced by the children of veterans.

This PhD Scholarship forms part of a larger project seeking to develop and test and internet-delivered intervention for the children of Australian veterans.

This will be the first Australian internet-delivered program specifically targeted at improving the resilience and psychosocial wellbeing of children of veterans' families through a self managed form of intervention.

It addresses an identified need for family-centred interventions in defence, that can be scaled up to meet the needs of a dispersed population.

The project is being completed in partnership with DefenceCare Sydney and Newcastle Legacy.


Scholarship Value: $26,682 p.a. (2017 rate), indexed in January each year. The scholarship is for a period of three years, with the possibility of a six-month extension. A relocation and establishment allowance of up to $1,500 is also available.


This scholarship is for domestic students. The candidate must address all the criteria for PhD admission. The preferred application will have a high GPA and First Class Honours or equivalent, and be working towards publication.

Visit the higher degree by research scholarships website for further information about eligibility criteria (http://www.newcastle.edu.au/research-and-innovation/graduate-research/phd-and-research-degrees/scholarships).