Experiences navigating doctoral education and motherhood
This #PhDMums study is a research project led by Dr Shannon Mason, Assistant Professor at Nagasaki University and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Murdoch University. The study aims to gather and better understand the lived experiences of doctoral candidates who are also mothers and carers of children, in order to:
- highlight the possibilities and challenges for mothers in the doctoral education space,
- provide a source of guidance and comfort for current and future doctoral researchers,
- identify potential areas for improved support mechanisms that promote student well-being and satisfaction, and
- identify potential areas for improved policy guidelines that promote increased retention and completion rates.
We are seeking self-identified women and people identifying as mothers, who are currently undertaking or who have recently (since 2015) completed a doctoral degree, in any field and in any country, and who during at least part of their doctoral study period have or had the responsibility of caring for at least one child.
If you are a self-identified mother, who is currently undertaking or who has recently completed a doctoral degree, and you had the responsibility of caring for at least one child during that time, please share your unique experiences by taking part in our survey.
You may also opt in for the chance to win one of 4 x $50 Amazon vouchers, as a thank you for taking the time to share your experiences.
Learn About the Researchers
Dr Shannon Mason
Shannon is an Assistant Professor at Nagasaki University in Japan, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Murdoch University, Australia. She completed her doctoral studies, while also caring for her two children, both of whom were born during her candidature.
Dr Melissa Bond
Melissa is a researcher and EPPI-Reviewer Support Officer at University College London in the United Kingdom, and is a mum to an 8 year old and step-mum to two teenagers. She is a former high school teacher and recently defended her PhD in educational technology and student engagement.