Funded research projects

Below are existing PhD research projects with scholarship funding that are NOW recruiting.


PhD Scholarship in Social Science – Family Violence and Gender Equality (3 positions)

These PhD scholarships are funded as part of a Victorian Government program of research led by the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre (MGFVPC). The MGFVPC is at the forefront of research and education aimed at preventing domestic and family violence. The successful applicants will join the MGFVPC and contribute to the Centre’s program of research while also undertaking their own distinct PhD projects. The PhD projects should be focused in the area of gender, domestic and family violence.

Find out more


PhD Scholarship in Criminology

The larger project, of which the PhD project is part, aims to identify the temporal and spatial elements that influence the crime prevention actions of private citizens. Taking an interdisciplinary approach and applying a cutting edge methodology, it will be the first study to consider the capacity and availability of capable guardians and their intersection with the environmental contexts they frequent. The project intends to generate new knowledge on the resources needed to ensure individuals can effectively respond to problems when and where they occur. Given the enormous costs of crime to society, the expected outcomes of this project will lead to the development of economically efficient and practical community crime prevention programs that benefit the wider community.

Find out more


PhD Scholarship in Social Science (Geography) - Processes and Places: how urban experimentation accumulates to influence urban water sustainability transitions

This Monash University Arts funded PhD scholarship opportunity is an integral part of an ARC Discovery project - Tracing the impact of urban experimentation in water and energy domains – and will examine how place-specific conditions shape socio-technical urban water experimentation to deliver more resilient infrastructure. Under the supervision of Associate Professor Megan Farrelly (School of Social Sciences – Human Geography) and Professor Rob Raven (Monash Sustainable Development Institute), the successful applicant will join an energetic research team to undertake their own distinct PhD project while also contributing towards the overall research project by generating case studies for the experimentation database and relevant analytical insights.

Find out more


PhD Scholarship in Interventions to Prevent and Disrupt Deepfakes and AI-Facilitated Abuse

Monash University's Data Futures Institute is developing a community of outstanding critical thinkers with a deep understanding of social, scientific and policy issues, and advanced knowledge in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the data sciences. The Institute brings together leading cross-disciplinary expertise, international partnerships and one of the largest cohorts of AI and data science researchers in the Asia-Pacific. This project will examine potential legal, social and technical interventions to disrupt and respond to deepfake technologies and the harms generated by deepfake content.

Find out more


PhD Scholarship in Environmental Communications and Media Studies

This PhD scholarship is funded as an important part of an Australian Research Council funded project conducted by Professor Brett Hutchins (Professor of Media and Communications Studies and Head of the School of Media, Film & Journalism at Monash University), Professor Libby Lester (Director of the Institute for Social Change and Professor of Media at the University of Tasmania) and Professor Toby Miller (Professor of Cultural Policy Studies at Murdoch University). The successful applicant will join this outstanding international research team and contribute to the overall project, which investigates the popular communication of environmental messages and polices.

Find out more


PhD Scholarship in Social Science – Muslim women, social cohesion, and Islamophobia

This PhD scholarship is funded as an important part of an ARC-funded project Living Well Together: Muslim women, social cohesion, and Islamophobia conducted Dr Susan Carland. The broader project the PhD sits within investigates the role of gender in initiatives to counter Islamophobia by Muslim women, the reception to these initiatives by non-Muslims, and how these groups understand social cohesion in relation to one another. A mix of qualitative and quantitative methods is used.

Find out more


PhD Scholarship in Digital Media Studies – Chinese social media platforms, industry, and policy

This PhD scholarship is funded as an important part of an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project “Outbound Chinese social media platforms and platform governance” conducted by Dr Luzhou Li. The successful applicant will contribute to the wider project by undertaking their own distinct PhD project. This may involve an in-depth investigation of the political economy of Chinese social media platforms, the regulatory and policy issues they raise, social media entrepreneurs and content creators, digital labor, online communities, the operation of Chinese social media platforms outside of China, etc.

Find out more


Practice PhD scholarship in a multimedia digital history project – Using virtual and augmented reality to engage audiences in the impact of convicts on Australian democracy

Monash University Arts Graduate Research is funding an inter-disciplinary Practice/Exegesis PhD scholarship to investigate how virtual and augmented reality and enhanced data visualizations can be used to understand the impact of transported convicts on Australian democracy. The research will form part of an ARC funded research project and will contribute to specific components of the project, notably a travelling digital exhibition, an online transmedia hub delivering content to a variety of display devices, and educational resources.

Find out more