Gambling research capacity grants

The objective of these grants is to improve the quality, diversity and impact of Australian gambling research by supporting talented and committed researchers.

We want to encourage the best and brightest minds to contribute to knowledge and develop innovative approaches to working towards zero gambling harm. These are the people who can generate the high-quality research that provides the evidence base for gambling harm minimisation policy, interventions and programs.

Gambling Research Capacity Grants support PhD scholarships, and post-doctoral fellowships to build capability and capacity for Australian gambling research.

For 2022, we are offering two grant types:

  • one PhD scholarship of up to $55,000 per year for 3 years per candidate, or pro-rata for part-scholarships
  • one post-doctoral fellowship up to $150,000 per year for 3 years per candidate.

About our PhD scholarships

We established PhD scholarships to support people involved in gambling research to achieve their proposed research goals and build their career in this important field.

You’re invited to apply for a PhD scholarship if you’ve completed your honours year or hold (or expect to hold) a master’s degree in the same discipline. You must also meet all eligibility requirements for the PhD you intend to pursue or have confirmation of an enrolment offer.

About our post-doctoral fellowships

We established post-doctoral fellowships to support early-career researchers to continue developing their skills and build their career in the field of gambling harm minimisation.

You’re invited to apply for a post-doctoral fellowship if you’re an early career researcher who was awarded a PhD less than 7 years ago.

The research themes we're interested in

Our priority gambling research themes for 2021-2024 are:

  • individual and community level gambling harm-minimisation
  • regulation of gambling products, practices and environments
  • gambling among vulnerable or target groups
  • emerging gambling technologies and   new trends
  • measuring and understanding gambling prevalence and harm
  • efficacy and effectiveness of treatments.

We’ll prioritise research that directly contributes to gambling harm prevention and minimisation in NSW.

Applications for the 2022 Gambling Research Capacity Grants open Monday 1 November 2021 and close 21 January 2022.

Applications are to be submitted through our Grants Portal

The submission guide below provides further information and spells out our expectations for the 2022 grant round.

Submission guide: Gambling Research Capacity Grants 2022

If you need assistance please contact us on (02) 9995 0992 or email the Office of Responsible Gambling.

Gambling Research Capacity Grants recipients

NameType of ScholarshipUniversityTopic
Thomas SwantonFull PhD ScholarshipThe University of SydneySupporting informed gambling choices in the age of digital transactions.
Dan MylesPart PhD ScholarshipMonash UniversityDo "losses disguised as wins" in Australian pokies cause harm?
Hayden CahillPart PhD ScholarshipQueensland University of TechnologyIn it to win it: interdisciplinary investigation of sports betting
Stephanie MerkourisPost-doctoral fellowshipDeakin UniversityFamily member treatment for gambling harm: Development and evaluation
Megan WhittyPost-doctoral fellowshipThe Australian National UniversityDevelopment of an Implementation Framework for Indigenous Digital Health Promotion
Catherine TullochPart PhD ScholarshipCentral  Queensland  University Welbeing in those affected by problem gamblers
Gianluca Di CensoFull PhD ScholarshipThe University of AdelaideThe effects of gambling advertisements on young people