Community-based Family Literacies program

Degree type


Closing date

30 August 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore


$28,597pa for 3.5 years

About the research project

This research project focuses on families with children aged 3-7 years living in locations in North and North West, Tasmania, in areas of identified generational disadvantage. The study will develop a replicable model of engaging with families who experience intergenerational disadvantage, through an informal program that will support young children and families to build the literacy knowledge to participate effectively in formal schooling. This participatory project will be co-designed with families and young children in each location. It will seek to include the views and experiences of grandparents, carers, siblings, and extended family members, as well as young children themselves in the development and trial of an informal family literacy model that will bridge family, community, and school practices and settings.

The project will (i) work in the community to explore the experiences of families in relation to literacies (including digital literacies); (ii) collaboratively create a project model of family literacy activities and supports; (iii) trial the model across 18 months with a series of check-ins and re-designs; and (iv) showcase the learnings developed by the families, community, children and researchers through videos, community events, invited seminars, and a report for local authorities in each location.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Victoria Carrington


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 and the Destination Australia 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 and the following additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applicants must be commencing a new course of study with the University of Tasmania in the 2021 academic year

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 requirements

  • Applicants must maintain full time enrolment for the full duration of their candidature.
  • This project position is offered at the Launceston campus. The successful applicant must remain enrolled at and study at that campus for the course duration.
  • The successful applicant must commence their candidature by 15th December, 2021.

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, Prof Victoria Carrington, 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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