Connections, Experiences, and Breaking the Cycle

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

Tasmania’s rate of incarceration is currently higher than Victoria’s and with the continued growth in women’s incarceration in this state (the highest of any state or territory in the country) it is imperative that research and policy attention focuses on the women who are imprisoned and who constitute some of the most disadvantaged women in Tasmania and Australia. The bulk of female prisoners have children who are primarily in their care at time of imprisonment, and any period of incarceration impacts on mother-child bonds.

This research project focuses on Tasmanian mothers who are currently or formerly incarcerated to discover women’s experiences of incarceration and the effect that this had on their connection with their children. You will explore the dynamics of their relationships, and the effects that these relationships have had on the possible reoffending behaviours of these women and impact it may have on driving harmful or criminal behaviour in their children. As part of this project, you will explore the possibility of developing and evaluating a program in conjunction with the Tasmanian Prison Service (TPS) that can run with women currently incarcerated to begin building healthy bonds with their children.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Vicky Nagy


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
  • 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.


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 and the following additional eligibility criteria specific to this project:

  • The applicant will need to have a background in Criminology

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.

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, Dr Vicky Nagy, 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 contact details of two 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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