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RMIT-VCOSS Partnership


RMIT University and VCOSS are proud to present an exciting new Industry Fellowship Research Program, aiming to further enhance the research capability of Victoria’s community service sector.

In June 2105 VCOSS and RMIT University entered into a new partnership to fund researchers on innovative projects that broaden our understanding of critical social issues in Victoria.

The partnership has two main components.

Industry Fellowship Research Program

The Industry Fellowship Research Program will support a chosen fellow to spend up to six months researching an area relevant to their own field of expertise, to assist their organisation and the community services sector as a whole.

The fellow will conduct their research from the RMIT School of Global, Urban and Social Studies. They will receive an honorary fellowship/appointment with RMIT University for the period of the fellowship, along with project support from RMIT and VCOSS. Read more (PDF)


RMIT-VCOSS PhD Scholarship


Emma King (CEO, VCOSS), Professor David Hayward (Dean, RMIT School of Global, Urban and Social Studies) and RMIT Vice-Chancellor Martin Bean at the partnership launch.


The RMIT-VCOSS PhD Scholarship aims to generate new evidence to benefit the community services sector and the people who use their services.Specific aims of the RMIT-VCOSS PhD Scholarship include:

  • Increasing the community sector evidence base
  • Conducting research based on the priority themes identified by RMIT and VCOSS
  • Generating new knowledge that can support sector workforce development, service system reform, policy development and advocacy.


Learn more about the scholarship via the RMIT website.

We are pleased to award the inaugural RMIT-VCOSS PhD scholarship to Liz Hudson. Liz’s PhD research thesis is titled “Pathways to consumer directed service delivery; an exploration of the experiences facing families, carers and people whose disability is episodic in nature”. Read more here.