Three PhD scholarship opportunities available to work with MMIC academics and leading industry partners on key migration, diversity, and inclusion challenges

The Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre is pleased to be working with leading industry partners to support three PhD candidates to become the next thought leaders responding to key migration, diversity, and inclusion challenges.

Members of the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre (MMIC) executive and academic network are pleased to be working with leading industry partners to offer scholarships for three PhD candidates. Two outstanding candidates will work with MMIC academics and industry partners as part of the Monash University Graduate Research Industry Partnership (GRIP) program, and one as part of a broader ARC-funded project, to develop research to understand and respond to major challenges relating to migration, diversity, and inclusion.

Closing on Monday 13 July, expressions of interest (EOIs) are open for PhD candidates to join two GRIP programs with industry partners, Scanlon Foundation and Catholic Education Melbourne, and leading academics from across Monash. The first opportunity, Capturing diversity and social cohesion in a modern Australia, will support a PhD student to advance the theories and methods used to study cohesion within various migrant populations in Australia. The candidate will work with MMIC Director Rebecca Wickes and Scanlon to better understand how social cohesion can be sustained, by systematically researching migrant experiences of settlement, employment, and inclusion.

A second GRIP scholarship opportunity is also available for a candidate to work with a leading academic team from across Arts and Education, including MMIC Deputy Director Helen Forbes-Mewett, and Catholic Education on research to ensure young people of refugee background can achieve their fullest education potential. By providing insights into the engagement, behaviour and learning of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Catholic schools, the candidate will inform the design of education programs that make a positive difference in the school outcomes for these students.

I don’t think we can solve some of the challenges that are coming our way without a really strong partnership with industry. We need industry, industry needs us. This Graduate Research Industry Program paves the way for us to mould and shape the next thought leaders in this space that are going to take us much further through a partnership than if either of us tried to do this on our own. — Associate Professor Rebecca Wickes, Associate Professor in Criminology and Director of the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre

A third scholarship opportunity is available for a PhD student to work will leading academics, including MMIC Deputy Director Helen Forbes-Mewett and key members of our academic network Dharma Arunachalam and Andrew Markus, as part of the ARC-funded project on migration, mixed-marriage and integration in Australia. The candidate will join an important project that is undertaking a comprehensive analysis of cross-cultural and cross-religious marriages and de-facto partnerships in contemporary Australian society. Explore the topic through the dimensions of ethnicity, religion, gender and generation across three broad age groups, the candidate will join the research team and contribute to the wider project but will also undertake their own distinct PhD project. EOIs for this opportunity close on 31 July 2020.

Successful candidates also have the opportunity to participate in the MMIC Next Generation Network (NGN), a cross-disciplinary, multi-institutional network of postgraduates and early career researchers whose research interests are focused around migration, diversity, and/or social inclusion The NGN hosts events each year providing an opportunity for network members to present their work and learn from senior academics and practitioners through masterclasses, workshops, and symposiums.

For more information on these three opportunities, please see the relevant links below.

Capturing diversity and social cohesion in a modern Australia

Lead supervisor: Associate Professor Rebecca Wickes
Project partner: Scanlon Foundation
EOIs close: 13 July 2020, 11:59pm
Click here for more information and to apply.

How can we better support school engagement and academic needs of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds?

Supervisors: Dr Ruth Fielding, Professor Jane Wilkinson, and Associate Professor Helen Forbes-Mewett
Project partner: Catholic Education Melbourne
EOIs close: 13 July 2020, 11:59pm
Click here for more information and to apply.

Migration, mixed marriage and integration in Australia

Supervisors: Associate Professor Dharma Arunachalam, Professor Andrew Markus, and Associate Professor Helen Forbes-Mewett
EOIs close: 31 July 2020, 11:55 pm
Click here for more information and to apply.