Doctoral Research Scholarships in Alcohol Epidemiology and Public Health


Two doctoral research scholarships in alcohol epidemiology and public health are to be awarded to outstanding candidates to undertake research aimed at understanding harm from others’ drinking in Australia.

These prestigious scholarships, established by La Trobe University associated with an Australian Research Council Linkage grant, will be awarded to outstanding applicants who are interested in exploring harms from others’ drinking using epidemiological survey methods, statistical analyses of response agency data, health economics and in-depth interviews.

  • Scholarship #1 will focus on estimating the extent and cost of harm experienced from others’ drinking nationally using and developing their epidemiological and health economics skills.
  • Scholarship #2 is a survey and mixed-methods doctoral research studying the harm experienced from others’ drinking in families and among respondents in different relationships with drinkers.

Applicants should have a high level of achievement, including a first-class honours degree or equivalent.

As an applicant you should have an interest in public health, quantitative and/or qualitative methods, and health economics. An interest in international health is desirable.

Your project will address a range of potential problems linked to the drinking of others, including family violence, car crashes and more subtle impacts on relationships and roles.

Benefits of the scholarship include:

  • a La Trobe Research Scholarship for three and a half years, with a value of $28,092.00 per annum, to support your living costs (2020 rate)
  • a fee-relief scholarship for up to four years to undertake a PhD at La Trobe University
    opportunities to work with La Trobe’s outstanding researchers, and have access to our suite of professional development programs.

Are you eligible to apply?

To be eligible, you will need one of the following:

  • an Australian Masters by research degree in epidemiology, public health, health economics, psychology or statistics or other relevant discipline completed within the last ten years assessed at a La Trobe Masters by research standard of 70 or above; OR
  • an Australian Bachelors (Honours) degree, Masters by coursework or ungraded Masters by research degree completed within the last ten years where you achieved a weighted average mark of 70 or above across any coursework subjects; and
    • your degree includes a research thesis of 15,000-20,000 words*; or
    • your degree includes a written research component comprising at least 3/8 of one year*; or
    • you are the lead author of a peer-reviewed publication or other research published within the last ten years*

How to apply

If you wish to apply for a La Trobe Doctoral Scholarship in Alcohol Epidemiology and Public Health, follow these steps:

  • review details on how to apply for candidature
  • please contact potential supervisors Anne-Marie Laslett ( for the quantitative scholarship #1 and Sandra Kuntsche ( for the mixed methods scholarship #2 to discuss and secure agreement of their supervision.
  • submit an enquiry using our online enquiry system, indicating that you wish to be considered for a La Trobe Scholarship.
  • When you have received in-principle agreement for supervision, complete and submit your application to the La Trobe Graduate Research School ( by midnight 30 September 2020 Melbourne time for international students or midnight 31 October 2020 Melbourne time for Australian students for admission into La Trobe’s PhD program, indicating you wish to be considered for either or both of these scholarships.

The University will carefully review your application and consider you for these scholarships.

You will be advised of an outcome in December.

Who to contact for further information

Anne-Marie Laslett,

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