Study with SSAC: scholarship

BooksAre you interested in studying addiction from a social science point of view? The Social Studies of Addiction Concepts Research program (SSAC) invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified candidates for a PhD scholarship in qualitative research on addiction. The scholarship will be based in Melbourne, Australia.

The scholarship will carry an annual tax-free stipend of $29,549 a year for three years. It will commence in 2014 and is based at NDRI’s Melbourne office, located at Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre in Fitzroy. Candidates receive an annual research allowance to help cover research costs. Additional paid work may also be available.

The National Drug Research Institute
NDRI is a centre of excellence in alcohol and other drug research and receives core funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. It is one of the largest centres of alcohol and other drug research expertise in Australia, employing about 30 research staff in Perth and Melbourne across a range of disciplines, including anthropology, epidemiology, psychology, public health and sociology. It has a strong national and international profile, and is involved in collaborative research in Australia and overseas.

The Application
The successful applicant will:
• be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian Permanent Resident;
• hold or expect to obtain First Class Honours or equivalent results in sociology, cultural studies, gender studies, anthropology or a related discipline; and
• be able to undertake theoretically informed qualitative research on issues of addiction.
Experience of qualitative research in a relevant field will be highly regarded.

Expressions of interest comprising a current CV (including academic results and contact details for two academic referees) and a one to two-page expression of interest should be emailed to Suzanne Fraser at The expression of interest should outline the proposed research topic, reasons for pursuing doctoral study and any relevant research experience.