Funded research projects

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


Cecile Parrish Memorial Scholarship for Research Excellence

We are seeking an enthusiastic and committed graduate research student to undertake research in any area of English Literary Studies, but particularly those seeking to contribute to existing staff strengths in the long nineteenth century, gothic and fantastic literature, and/or literary materialities. The successful candidate will have a background in the discipline of English literary studies (including literatures in English) and be of outstanding merit. The scholarship will enable a PhD scholar to pursue a full-time program of specialist research in English Literary Studies.

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PhD Scholarship in Practice Analytics and Ethics – Optimising the actionability of patient reported experience and outcome measures

This PhD scholarship is funded as an important part of a Digital Health CRC (DHCRC) funded program of work on Practice Analytics. The Practice Analytics program seeks to understand how hospitals can provide clinical teams and individual clinicians actionable data that relates to the quality of clinical practice. This project is a collaboration between a number of partners across Australia including the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Cabrini Healthcare (VIC), Sydney Adventist Healthcare (NSW), St John of God hospital (WA), Ramsay Hospital Research Foundation and Epworth Healthcare (VIC).

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PhD Scholarship Opportunities in the History of Philosophy (2x positions)

Project One: The purpose of the project is to show that the history of women’s rights is much longer and richer than previously thought. The project expects to generate a new understanding of feminist history by investigating several texts calling for the recognition of women’s dignity, worth, nobility, and excellence (cognate concepts to rights) in England and Europe from 1600 to 1750, against the backdrop of the rise of Cartesianism. Project Two: The project aims to create new and more inclusive histories of philosophy by promoting research on currently marginalized philosophers and philosophical themes in the European tradition and other traditions, with an emphasis on recovering the philosophical works of women.

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PhD Scholarship in Media and Emerging Technologies: Workers in transition through automation, digitisation and robotisation of work

The successful candidate will participate in a collaborative research project on automation, digitalization and robotization of work: Workers in transition through automation, digitalization and robotization of work (www.autoworkproject.org). The goal of the project is to produce new knowledge and responses to societal challenges arising from the automation, digitalization and robotization of work, in relation to inclusion and sustainability.

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PhD Scholarship in Criminology – Social Infrastructure in Prison: A focus on Indigenous Prisoners

A competitive scholarship is available to undertake full-time PhD research as part of the ARC Discovery Grant project ‘Social Infrastructure in a Society of Captives: Promoting positive human connections in Australian prisons’ (DP210102508), led by Associate Professor Anna Eriksson. This project explores how the concept of ‘social infrastructure’, normally applied to the city and local communities, can be applied to understanding daily life in a society of captives.

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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.

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PhD Scholarship in Anthropology – Uterus Transplantation

The larger socio-cultural study, of which the PhD project is part, aims to undertake a comparative study of the new Australian Uterine Transplant (UTx) trial with established and emerging UTx programs in the US and India. The project is anticipated to provide theoretical insights on the social and ethical impacts of this technology for improved public policy responses.

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PhD Scholarship in Anthropology – Assisted Reproduction in Southern Africa

The larger project, of which the PhD project is part, examines aims to investigate the global networks and emerging markets for assisted reproduction in Southern Africa. It will focus upon the mobilities of patients to South Africa for assisted reproduction and mobility of ova providers, gametes, embryos and medical staff across Africa and to and from Australia. This project is anticipated to provide theoretical insights on the social impacts of reproductive travel across national borders for improved public policy responses.

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PhD Scholarship in Bioethics – Ethical and Social Issues in Translating Epigenetics into Antenatal Care

This project investigates how knowledge about the intergenerational transmission of health and disease is shaping antenatal care in Australia. It focuses on the ethical and social implications of epigenetics for pregnant women considered to be at-risk for maternal behaviours that are linked with foetal harm. The successful applicant will join the research team and contribute to the wider project by undertaking a PhD project on the ethical and philosophical issues raised by alcohol consumption in pregnancy or obesity prevention through preconception health. The candidate would be primarily supervised by Professor Catherine Mills.

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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.

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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.

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