Margaret Cohan Research Scholarships

23rd Feb 2017
24th Apr 2017
Study level
Honours, Graduate coursework, Graduate research
Enrolment status
Current student
University Trust Record



Applications also accepted from Psychology students.

Study Area



The late Margaret Anne Cohan left a bequest to the University of Melbourne Criminology and Psychology Departments for scholarships to research child abuse, to be named the Margaret Cohan Research Scholarships’. The donor died on 2 July 2011.

The scholarships are to fund research-related expenses, including:

  • Conference/seminar registration
  • Travel costs relating to a) conference/seminar presentation, b) fieldwork
  • Other fieldwork costs eg, transcriptions, interview/focus group inducements
  • Materials purchase eg, essential texts, tests (copyrighted)




Open annually to a fourth year or graduate student enrolled in criminology or psychology, who is undertaking research into child abuse.

  • Graduates include students enrolled in coursework and research higher degrees.
  • The scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who makes the most compelling case for the use of scholarship funds in a research project relating to child abuse, and who best demonstrates that the funds would be integral to a successful research outcome.
  • PhD students from the Centre for Youth Mental health who are enrolled in the discipline of Psychology could be considered for and awarded the scholarship on the basis that they are 'graduate students' and enrolled at the University.
  • Child abuse should be a key element of the research being undertaken.


Recipients are required to:

  • Accept award online within 21 days
  • Write two letters of appreciation to the donor/committee (upon acceptance and after completion)
  • Submit a final report.


Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email within 6-8 weeks after the closing date.

Application process

Complete online application including budget details and upload the following supporting documents:

  1. A one page proposal that includes: Name and program of study, 200 word description of research and 200 word description of proposed expenditure
  2. Letter of support from your supervisor
  3. Any other information which may assist the Committee in making its decision

Please ensure you have the above information available before you commence your online application.





The amount available for this award is approximate. It will be confirmed at the time of awarding and determined by the committee according to the terms of the award.

The judges' decision will be final and the University reserves the right not to award the prize in the event it is considered that no work of sufficient merit has been submitted. Winning applicants please note the University of Melbourne reserves the right to publish the name of the winning applicant on its websites and other University of Melbourne publications.

Taxation on scholarships

Scholarships awarded to part-time students are assessed as taxable income by the Australian Taxation Office (under section 51-10 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997).

To ensure the correct rate of income tax is withheld, part-time students will be asked to provide a Tax File Number (TFN) Declaration Form prior to payment.

For further information on whether a scholarship is taxable, please visit the Australian Taxation Office website.