Language for Learning

Language for Learning

Programs Available

MRes Y2 and/or PhD 

Reference Number


Opening Date

01 Aug 2019 12am AEST 

Closing Date

30 Sep 2019 11pm AEST 

Scholarship available to



This study is a longitudinal investigation of relationships between the language-learning environment in infant-toddler rooms of Australian long day care settings and the development of pre-school foundational learning skills that underpin later academic success. It is investigating the development of children’s learning-oriented talk from infancy to age three from a multi-dimensional perspective, proposing that verbalnon-verbal and auditory conditions may, together or independently, play decisive roles. The study also includes a case study component to identify and evaluate how specific features of educator-child interactions support the development of learning-oriented talk.

Students will work with a multidisciplinary research team to develop and implement a project to analyse features of the language-learning environment. Projects may involve analysing: the quantity and quality of educators’ talk to infants; infants’ own verbal and non-verbal contributions; and the listening environment, in terms of quantity and quality of auditory signals delivered to and heard by infants. 

Applications are open to candidates who have appropriate qualifications and experience in a relevant discipline field such as: i) early childhood education, ii) audiology or speech pathology, iii) educational linguistics, or iv) psychology. The successful candidates will work in collaboration with their supervisors to develop a project topic within the parameters of the above project description.

Applicants are asked to provide their CV, academic transcript, a sample of their writing (e.g., a publication, coursework assignment, or extract from thesis) and a covering letter explaining their particular area of interest within the scope of the project.


This scholarship is available to eligible domestic candidates to undertake either a MRes Year 2 + PhD (total 4 years) or direct entry PhD (3 years).

Candidates must be available to commence in 2019.

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Scholarship Components

The scholarship is comprised of a Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) Stipend and a Tuition Fee Offset Scholarship.

The value and tenure of the stipend scholarship is $27,596 per annum (tax exempt, 2019 rate).

Contact Details

Name: Sheila Degotardi
Phone: +61 2 9850 9895

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