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PhD Studentship: "Helping People to Become Strategic in their Goal Pursuits; Testing the Tripartite Model of Goal Strivings"

Curtin University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Perth - Australia
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: AU$28,092
£14,883.14 converted salary* stipend per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 16th January 2020
Closes: 24th February 2020

Curtin University is offering a PhD studentship to a domestic or international student to work on the PhD project described below. The stipend rate is $28,092 per annum for a maximum of 3.5 years (indexed annually), pending compliance with milestone and candidacy requirements. There is an option for a top-up of $5,000 in the stipend, which could be available to suitably qualified applicants. For international applicants, a tuition fee waiver is available, provided they meet the university’s criteria for a studentship.

The successful student will register for a PhD in Psychology under the primary supervision of Prof. Nikos Ntoumanis (email: 

The successful student needs to:

  • be enrolled as a full-time student and reside in Perth for the duration of the scholarship;
  • be available to start in April 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate must meet the minimum academic entry requirement for admission into the Doctor of Philosophy program including the English proficiency levels

Candidates should have:

Graduated with or qualified for the award of the degree of Bachelor in Psychology, Sport/Exercise Science, Public Health or related area, with First Class Honours (evidence of a Dissertation) or equivalent level of attainment; or

Completed a Master's degree with Course Weighted Average minimum 70% and at least 25% of the course completed as a thesis/dissertation.

Additionally experience in the following is desirable:

  • Training/experience in quantitative research methods, particularly experimental methodology (lab and field studies);
  • High quality verbal and written communication skills as well as excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Knowledge of theories of motivation, goals, and self-regulation;
  • Capacity to work independently and as part of a team.

Application Deadline: 24th February 2020. To apply, please email Prof. Ntoumanis a copy of your CV, a 2-page summary of how you meet the selection criteria, and the contact details of 2 academic referees.

Project Description

The PhD project will be embedded within a recently awarded Australian Research Council (ARC) grant awarded to Prof. Ntoumanis, Prof. Sedikides (University of Southampton, UK), Assoc Prof. Daniel Gucciardi and Prof. Cecilie-Thogersen-Ntoumani (Curtin University), and Assoc Prof. Ben Jackson (University of Western Australia). The ARC-funded project will undertake a number of laboratory and field studies to test the tripartite model of goal strivings, proposed by Ntoumanis and Sedikides (2018); The laboratory studies will include a number of widely utilised experimental tasks in social psychology for manipulating goal difficulty. The field studies will be undertaken with reference to parenting/career management goals, as well as with financial goals. The PhD student will support the post-doc on the project to undertake data collection for some of these studies, and will include in his/her PhD thesis research questions that are off-shoots of the questions that will be pursued in the ARC project. There is also the possibility for conducting additional studies that will be broadly based on a similar research theme (e.g., reviews, experiments with different tasks and/or related research questions). 

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