Australian Research Council Linkage Grant “NDIS: Rhetoric versus Reality”

*** An exciting opportunity! Two PhD scholarship positions currently on offer. Application closing date has been extended. ***

The Centre for Disability Studies, through its affiliation with The University of Sydney, welcomes applications for two PhD research scholarships to work on an exciting Australian Research Council Linkage Grant titled “NDIS: Rhetoric versus Reality”. 

This project aims to explore the realities of living with intellectual disability in Australia and the impact of individualised funding arising from the introduction of the NDIS. This project will examine, within this era of disability reform, how people with intellectual disability are having their needs met and the extent to which they are involved in decision making about their lives.

The successful students will have an opportunity to develop their own research initiatives that relate to the objectives of this project.

This opportunity may interest prospective students from the following discipline areas: disability studies; occupational therapy; social work; education; and other allied health areas.

The Chief Investigators working on this project include Professor Emerita Patricia O’Brien, Professor Emeritus Trevor Parmenter, Clinical Professor Vivienne Riches and Associate Professor Mary-Ann O’Donovan. 

For more information about these scholarship opportunities and to apply, please visit

General enquiries can be sent to Dr Zachariah Duke via or phone +61 (0) 401 068 324. 

Applications close at 5pm on 28 February 2021.