Curtin University is accepting applications from outstanding candidates for a PhD scholarship in Psychology “Helping People to Become Strategic in their Goal Pursuits; Testing the Tripartite Model of Goal Strivings” in the 2020/21 session.

Project details
A great deal of research has examined how goals should be framed to facilitate persistence and performance. Much less is known, though, about persistence in the face of difficult goals or about goal disengagement. This project focuses on the motivational antecedents of decisions to persist, disengage, or reengage during goal striving, under conditions of high goal difficulty. The project aims to answer the following question: “Can people become strategic in their goal pursuits by deciding early in their goal striving whether to persist on a difficult goal or give up and strive for a compatible goal”?The PhD project will be embedded within a recent Australian Research Council (ARC) grant awarded to Prof. Ntoumanis, Prof. Sedikides (University of Southampton, UK), Assoc Prof. Daniel Gucciardi and Prof. Cecilie Thøgersen-Ntoumani (Curtin University), and Assoc Prof. Ben Jackson (University of Western Australia).

Worth of Award

  • The successful candidate will receive a stipend of $28,092 per annum (tax-free), indexed annually for the duration of the award.  There will be an option for a top-up scholarship valued at $5,000 per annum (tax-free) for suitably qualified applicants.
  • The duration of the award shall be for three years with a maximum possible extension of up to six months (assess on a case by case basis).
  • In addition, this scholarship will include a tuition fee waiver for a successful international candidate.


  • The successful candidate must enrol in a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program, full-time study mode and be available to start in March 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.
  • The successful candidate must meet the minimum academic entry requirement for admission into the Doctor of Philosophy program including the English proficiency levels set by Curtin University

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);
  • Evidence of high quality verbal and written communication skills as well as excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Evidence of knowledge of theories of motivation, goals, and self-regulation;
  • Capacity to work independently and as part of a team.

How to Apply

To apply, please email an expression of interest to Professor Ntoumanis ([email protected]) with a copy of your:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • A 1-2 page summary of how you meet the selection criteria and why are a suitable candidate.
  • Contact details of two (2) academic referees.

Deadline: Applications close on February 22, 2020.


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