Janet Cretan Elite Research Scholarship


Janet Cretan is a respected member of the Tasmanian community, who has a long and involved history with the University of Tasmania and the broader community. Her father, the Late Professor Keith Isles CMG was Vice-Chancellor of the University for a decade from 1957 to 1967. Being the daughter of the Vice-Chancellor, and at a challenging time for the University, meant that the University was a significant part of Janet’s life, living on the University campus in Sandy Bay.

Janet studied at the University on two occasions. In 1959 she completed a Bachelor of Economics with Honours and returned some years later to complete a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Classics in 1988.

Janet has been a significant supporter of the University for most of her life and, along with her husband Nick Cretan, has generously agreed to endow a perpetual scholarship for a PhD student researching in the fields of philosophy and sociology.

Type of Scholarship

Top-Up Scholarship

Next Scheduled Offer

March 2022*

*Please check back regularly as this date is subject to change

Scholarship terms

  1. An amount of $100,000 donated by Mrs Janet and Mr Nick Cretan to the University of Tasmania Foundation, together with a contribution of $50,000 provided by the University of Tasmania Foundation, along with any interest from time to time forms the endowment component of a scholarship to be called the "Janet Cretan Elite Research Scholarship".
  2. The Scholarship will be awarded as a Top-up Scholarship for PhD candidates eligible for a Research Training Program (RTP) stipend or equivalent base living allowance stipend.
  3. The scholarship is to be awarded to a UTAS PhD candidate in an area identified as a research strength in the disciplines of philosophy or sociology.
  4. The scholarship will be awarded following applications and with endorsement from the Dean of the Faculty of Arts (or nominee), a member of the Cretan Family (while they wish to be involved) and the Dean of Graduate Research (or nominee).
  5. The Scholarship is tenable for up to 3.5 years of the student’s course of study. The duration of the Scholarship will be reduced by any periods of study undertaken towards the degree during suspension of the top-up and is subject to the student:
    1. continuing in full-time study or in part-time study if approved by the Graduate Research Office
    2. continuing to make satisfactory academic progress in accordance with the Higher Degree by Research Candidature Management and Higher Degree by Research Reviews of Progress Policies
    3. providing a written report on their progress to the Graduate Research Office where specified in the conditions of the award
  6. One scholarship will be offered at any time, with the scholarship being open to application at any time it is not held by a PhD candidate.
  7. The Advancement Office will set the annual value of the scholarship from time to time having regard to the income from the endowment.
  8. The Dean of Graduate Research and the Graduate Research Office will determine all other matters concerning the Scholarship, including advertising, application procedures and the method and time of payment.