Social experiences of adults with intellectual disability

Degree type

PhD

Closing date

29 October 2021

Campus

Launceston

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

Connection to others is an essential element of a good quality of life; however, those with intellectual disability often report that they are dissatisfied with this aspect their life.  Adults with intellectual disability are reported to experience loneliness and social exclusion at high levels, experiences which are associated with a number of negative social and physical outcomes.  Social networks of those with intellectual disability differ in both quantity and quality from those of same age peers.  This project will explore social opportunities and experiences of adults with intellectual disability using multiple data gathering approaches that tap into both the experiences of the individual and the social world they inhabit, with the aim of identifying mechanisms that may assist these individuals to develop and maintain satisfactory social relationships.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Monica Cuskelly

Funding

Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, 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; and
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.

Eligibility

The project is open to domestic (Australian 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 Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Selection Criteria

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

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Knowledge of intellectual disability

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Experience of working with individuals with nan intellectual disability

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select the project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Prof Monica Cuskelly, 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.

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