Eastern Palliative Care PhD Scholarship


Yearly for three and half years

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Who is it for?

Future graduate researchers, Future PhD candidates

Where is it available?


How is it paid?

fortnightly stipend


A prestigious scholarship, established by La Trobe University in partnership with the Eastern Palliative Care, will be awarded to an outstanding applicant who is interested in exploring the role of storytelling in the palliative care setting.

Since 2006 Eastern Palliative Care Association Incorporated (EPC) has collected over 1,100 biographies of clients in their care. EPC conducts Australia’s largest volunteer-based palliative care biography program and receives local, national and international interest due to its successful outcomes. Volunteers work one on one with clients in their own place of residence, allowing them to tell their story.

The candidate will be enrolled at La Trobe University and will work collaboratively with EPC to explore the role of storytelling in the lives of clients approaching death, and to understand the role this storytelling plays in the lives of family members, and biographer volunteers.

Benefits include:

  • A fee-relief scholarship for up to four years to undertake a PhD at La Trobe University

  • Opportunity to undertake innovative research in the area of biography research.

Are you eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, applicants must:

  • have a Masters by research degree in a relevant discipline completed within the last ten years assessed at a La Trobe Masters by research standard of 75 or above; or
  • equivalency based on an Honours or other minor thesis as determined by the Academic Entry Requirements in La Trobe University’s Graduate Research Admissions Policy.

Recipients of the scholarship shall be selected by the University based on their:

Applicants should be:

  • Able to appreciate life in the nearness of death and have a high level of emotional intelligence and resilience when dealing with sensitive issues
  • Community-focused in their approach to the study
  • Be interested in understanding the role of a volunteer in Palliative Care
  • Be prepared to undertake qualitative research with the capacity to act as a ‘reflective practitioner’ in the field, and have a belief in the power of storytelling.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for a La Trobe-EPC PhD Scholarship, follow these steps:

1. Submit a full application for the scholarship and PhD candidature. You are not required to identify a potential supervisor – A supervisory team led by Associate Professor Bruce Rumbold will supervise this project.
For instructions on how to apply visit our website and follow Step 3.
In your application, indicate clearly that you wish to be considered for the La Trobe – Eastern Palliative Care PhD Scholarship.
2. Interview: If you are shortlisted for the scholarship and candidature, you will be invited to an interview with representatives of La Trobe and EPC.
3. Final decision: The final decision will be made based on your application and interview. The successful candidate will be made an offer for candidature and scholarship.

Please make sure your application is complete and reaches us within the deadline, as we are unable to consider incomplete and/or late applications.

La Trobe will carefully review your application and consider your suitability for this scholarship. We anticipate that shortlisted applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application in November 2019 and that successful applicants will commence candidature in early 2020.

Who to contact for further information

Associate Professor Bruce Rumbold, B.Rumbold@latrobe.edu.au