Margaret Cohan Research Scholarships

26th Feb 2018
23rd Apr 2018
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)


Approximately $1,400


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

Eligible applicants must complete the online application form (via the link below) which requires a 300-500 word proposal of research, budget details and the documents as outlined below:

  1. Letter of support from your supervisor
  2. Any other information which may assist the Committee in making its decision