Understanding the link between reading impairments and emotional problems

Understanding the link between reading impairments and emotional problems

Programs Available

MRes Y2+PhD bundle 

Reference Number


Opening Date

17 Apr 2020 12am AEST 

Closing Date

31 Oct 2020 11pm AEDT 

Scholarship available to



This Project aims to understand why children with reading impairments are at increased risk for emotional problems. By integrating the statistical power of large-scale longitudinal studies with the causal testing power of precise training studies, it seeks to fast-track the development of a comprehensive evidence-based theory of the mechanisms linking reading impairments and emotional problems. The outcomes will pave the way for future diagnosis and treatment of concomitant reading and emotional difficulties in children. These outcomes improve our capacity to reduce the incidence of two common problems that limit the life success of children - poor literacy and poor emotional health.


This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake a direct entry 3-year PhD program.

There is also the option of an MRes-PhD scholarship if a qualified person was able to start a Masters of Research (MRes) by July 1 2020 to complete the second year of an MRes before embarking on a 3-year PhD.

Scholarship Components

The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend. The value and tenure of the scholarship is a “MQRES” full-time stipend rate of $27,596 per annum (in 2020 tax exempt for up to 3 years - indexed annually).

Contact Details

Name: Professor Genevieve McArthur
Email: genevieve.mcarthur@mq.edu.au
Phone: 98502954

How to Apply

New applicants to Macquarie University will need to complete the OnlineHDR Candidature and Scholarship Application via the Online Application System and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Further information can be found on the How to Apply page.

Current applicants with a successful candidature offer less than 12 months old and currently enrolled Macquarie University candidates:

  • MUST submit a Scholarship Only Application form with supporting documents to hdrschol@mq.edu.au.
  • Include any additional documentation/research output
  • MUST indicate the allocation number under the scholarship details question
  • MUST include ID number and full name in email subject line (in one PDF attachment)

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.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

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