Monash & MORA PhD Knowledge Sharing Session

On 25 June 2020, Monash University hosted a joint webinar with the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MORA), Republic of Indonesia.

Nearly 300 participants joined the webinar to hear about:

  • the MORA 5000 Doktor Scholarship
  • how to develop a good research proposal
  • the Monash Doctoral Program.

Ms Selvi Tanggara, Chief Representative, Monash Indonesia Representative Office (MIRO) provided a welcome and background to the partnership between Monash University and MORA before handing over to the session’s moderator, T. Zulfikar, M.Ed, Ph.D (Monash alumnus; Reviewer of 5000 Doktor and Head of Department of English Education, UIN Ar-Raniry Banda Aceh). Mr Zulfikar introduced the three speakers, the first of which was Didin Nuruddin Hidayat, Ph.D (Coordinator for Australia, Europe and North America, MORA 5000 Doktor Scholarship, MORA).

Dr Didin provided an overview of the MORA institutions, noting there were three State Islamic universities in 2002 (now there are 17), part of a network of 800 Islamic Higher Education Institutions. He dispelled the misconception that the institutions only offer Islamic studies, noting the diverse range of subjects on offer (for example, medicine, pharmacy, agribusiness, and social and political science, etc.). Dr Didin provided detail on the scholarships on offer, which aim to improve academic quality. The ‘Scholarships for the Agent of Change’ provide for 3-6 months of language and academic preparation, tuition fees and a generous living allowance for up to four years of doctoral study. MORA has established an alumni association for scholars that complete their study under the 5000 Doktor Scholarship to maintain connection and provide a network of scholars to enhance research publication and collaboration.

Professor Julian Millie (Professor, Indonesian Studies, Monash University) then provided participants with an overview of how to develop a good research proposal. Professor Millie outlined the essential elements of a good research proposal: brief background of the research, research question (the critical piece that is continually referred to throughout doctoral study), method – qualitative, quantitative, mixed, etc. (must be realistic), outline of key literature (you must know the most important work in your field), and why the proposed research is important. Professor Millie advised participants to ensure they checked the preferred research method of their potential supervisor for alignment. Speaking in a mixture of Bahasa Indonesia and English, Professor Millie also advised those pursuing PhD candidature to be persistent with their communications to their prospective supervisor.

In the final presentation, Ms Michelle Lopez (Director, Monash Graduate Research Office, Monash University), provided an overview of the Monash Doctoral Program. Ms Lopez noted that in the Monash Doctoral Program, you gain access to high-quality supervision, leading research infrastructure, a world-class research environment, international networks and professional development opportunities. The Monash PhD combines the proud tradition of an original research project with innovative training options. Professional development covers excellence in research and teaching; professionalism, innovation, and carer. In addition to the MORA 5000 Doktor Scholarship, there are Monash funded scholarships available for Indonesian students. These include the Monash Graduate scholarship, Monash International Tuition scholarship and the Indonesian Women in STEM scholarship.

The webinar finished with a lively Q&A session that covered topics from the availability of specific research topics at Monash to application deadlines. Thank you to MORA for collaborating with us in this successful joint event. To learn more about collaboration between Monash University and Ministry of Religious Affairs, please contact the Monash Indonesia Representative Office (MIRO).

Contact: MIRO