PhD Scholarship: Using children’s literature to teach marine science concepts

We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student to join the DeakinSeaEd Research Group for a project based at the Deakin University Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus examining the use of children’s literature to teach marine science concepts, supervised by Dr Prue Francis (STEM & marine education specialist), Dr Paul Venzo (children’s literature specialist) and Dr Alecia Bellgrove (marine biologist).  The project will develop and test the effectiveness of an online marine education resource aligned with children’s literature that Australian schools can utilise to develop effective inquiry-based learning of the Australian curriculum.

The successful applicant will receive a 3-yr PhD scholarship at Deakin University (currently valued at approximately AU$28,092 per annum) and research funding support.

Australian Honours graduates with a H1A and score above 85% will be considered; international applicants should have a Masters of Science or Masters of Education (Science).  PhDs at Deakin University are 3 years and free of tuition fees for scholarship holders if completed within the 3-year period.

Interested applicants should send:

  1.  a 1 page cover letter stating reasons for wanting to do a PhD, a summary of research experience, information on how your skills will be relevant to the project, and a statement about your undergraduate track record;
  2. a 2 page CV (including a list of any peer-reviewed papers);
  3. a statement addressing the key selection criteria (see below).

Key Selection Criteria

  1. Well-developed understanding and knowledge of marine biology, biology or related fields
  2. An understanding of the education community, particularly in the primary school sector
  3. Experience developing digital resources or experience with using graphic design computer software programs
  4. Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills


Please submit your application to:

Dr Prue Francis via email to

This position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.


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