Fostering wellbeing in regional communities through arts

Building resilience and fostering wellbeing in regional communities through arts participation

Degree type


Closing date

30 August 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore


$28,597pa for 3.5 years

About the research project

During the COVID pandemic, there has been increased interest in the arts as a form of creative expression to manage stress, and support wellbeing. International research is demonstrating that active engagement with the arts can provide benefits to mood, cognition, emotional regulation and self-confidence for individuals, while group projects can be a powerful way of building cultural understanding, strengthening communities and a sense of belonging.

We are seeking proposals for an interdisciplinary project in the field of Creative Arts and Health that will investigate a novel application of music, visual arts, theatre or creative writing, drawing on established research, that aims to build qualities of resilience and foster physical and mental wellbeing for people in Tasmanian communities.

Drawing on specific skills as a practitioner in the performing or visual arts, candidates will develop and implement a participatory arts project for a specific group of people (e.g. young people, people with specific disabilities or conditions, migrants, refugees, older people, people with dementia or an intergenerational group in a given region). The candidate will evaluate the impacts and outcomes of the project through primarily qualitative research methods.

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof Anne-Marie Forbes


The scholarship supporting this project provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,597 per annum (2021 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years;
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000;
  • a tuition fee scholarship for up to 4 years (successful domestic applicants will be awarded an RTP Fees Offset and successful international applicants will be awarded a University of Tasmania Fees Offset)

The scholarship supporting this project is funded by the University of Tasmania and the Australian Government through the Research Training Program.


The project is open to domestic (Australia and New Zealand) and international applicants who are already in Australia (onshore) at the time of submitting their application.

Due to current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions the University cannot accept applications from International applicants who are currently overseas.

Applicants should review the PhD minimum entry requirements.

Applicants from the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:

  • Music, Visual Arts, Theatre, Dance, Creative Arts and Health, Performing or Creative Arts Therapy

Selection Criteria

The project/scholarship is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional selection criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Practical experience in community arts or working in a healthcare environment

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, A/Prof Anne-Marie Forbes, if you have any questions about the project; and
  3. Click here to submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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