Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University


VietSpeech: Vietnamese-Australian children’s speech and language competence

Applicants are sought to undertake a PhD supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Full-Time Scholarship (AGRTP) scholarship to work in a dynamic team on an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant titled “Vietnamese-Australian children’s speech and language competence”.

Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents are encouraged to apply for an AGRTP scholarship, which will be awarded to a postgraduate researcher with exceptional promise on the basis of academic merit and research potential. Further information regarding the Australian Government's Research Training Program is available on the Department of Education and Training website.


AGRTP scholarships are generally for full-time study towards higher degrees by research. These scholarships are highly competitive, and only applicants who meet the following eligibility criteria will be considered:

AGRTP scholarships will not be available to those who:

  • Are enrolled concurrently in any other program, unless it is essential to the success of the HDR, or exceptional circumstances exist and are approved.
  • Are receiving another Commonwealth-funded postgraduate research scholarship

CSU will rank scholarship applicants according to criteria specified below.

Award Value

The scholarship provides the following benefits:

Stipend: $27,082 per annum, payable in fortnightly instalments.

Tuition Fees: Fee exemption for a period equivalent to three years (six sessions) for PhD/Research Doctorate.

Operating Funds: Scholarship recipients are allocated an allowance per session of enrolment to assist with the reimbursement of costs associated with the candidate's research.

Relocation Allowance: Scholarship recipients may be eligible to receive a relocation allowance for the cost of relocating themselves, their spouse, and dependants to a CSU campus, to a maximum of AUD $5,000.

Scholarship Duration

AGRTP scholarships are normally tenable for three years for Research Doctorate (PhD) studies subject to satisfactory progress

An extension of up to six (6) months may be granted for Research Doctorate candidates, where the candidate is making satisfactory progress and the grounds for the extension relate to the study and are beyond the control of the candidate.

Scholarship candidates are entitled to 20 paid annual leave working days per year, 10 paid sick leave days per year and may be eligible for up to 12 weeks paid maternity leave with the duration of the scholarship.

Further details of the conditions of award are outlined in the Higher Degree by Research Scholarships Policy – Research Training Program Funded Scholarships.

Criteria for Assessment of Applications

Essential criteria

Applications are assessed against four key areas (essential criteria) and six desirable criteria:

  1. Academic merit as an indicator of capacity. This assessment considers the nature and level of the applicant's highest, relevant qualification as well as the grade point average (GPA) achieved in that program.
  2. Evidence of an applicant's research achievements and relevant professional experience. This includes such aspects as peer-reviewed research outputs, high esteem academic awards and prizes, relevant research or professional experience.
  3. Eligibility for a Working with Children Check
  4. Ability to travel (domestic)

Desirable criteria

  1. Speech pathologist, linguist, phonetician, psychologist, teacher, or similar professional qualification
  2. Bilingual, preferably in Vietnamese and English
  3. Experience assessing and working with children
  4. Experience in data collection and analysis
  5. Ability to transcribe and analyse speech using the International Phonetic Alphabet
  6. Driver’s licence

Location is negotiable:  Bathurst, Albury (or via distance education)


Professor Sharynne McLeod:

Dr Sarah Verdon:; (02) 6051 9357

How to apply

Applications should be emailed to and include:

  • A document addressing the selection criteria;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Relevant academic transcripts;
  • Proof of citizenship/residency;
  • An outline of relevant employment experience; research experience & any scholarly publications contributed to.
  • 500-1,000 words describing the importance of multilingualism and maintaining children’s home language(s) (reference list is not included in the word count).

Application Closing Date

Friday 2nd February 2018.