18 Apr, 2024

Indigenous PhD Scholarship

$45,000 yearly
  • Swinburne University of Technology
Full time, Fixed term Students

Job Description

Indigenous PhD Scholarship

  • Based at the National Centre for Reconciliation Practice
  • Will work on a reconciliation based project
  • $45,000 p.a. for up to 3.5 years (full-time, fixed term)


It is a genuine occupational requirement that the incumbent must identify as Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic).


About the National Centre
Over the past five years, Swinburne has provided national academic and industry leadership with Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) and reconciliation. We were the first university to have our RAP (2017-19) recognised by Reconciliation Australia as an Elevate RAP. Our key national commitment in our current RAP (2020-23, also an Elevate) is to further develop our national leadership by creating the National Centre for Reconciliation Practice. The National Centre, to be launched in early 2022 and to be led by Professor Andrew Gunstone, will develop national community, industry and academic understandings on a wide range of significant reconciliation areas, and will strongly contribute to national systemic change in reconciliation.

About the Scholarship
The National Centre is looking for a PhD candidate who will work on a specific project on the Australian reconciliation movement. We are flexible about the discipline the project is based in. Possible disciplines include Indigenous studies, history, public policy, politics, education and psychology. The candidate will be closely integrated with key industry partners, including Reconciliation Australia.

Key Responsibilities

  • Undertake a detailed review of the literature in the field and develop an understanding of the existing literature and opportunities for new research activities
  • Develop a research plan in collaboration with the supervisory team
  • Data collection
  • Work independently to undertake research activities
  • Prepare written and oral research reports throughout the program to explain your research activities and outcomes
  • Prepare and submit publications from your research activities to peer reviewed journals and conferences
  • Prepare and submit milestone reports and thesis to meet the requirements of the University’s HDR Training Policy
  • Work within a wider multidisciplinary research team that will include end users and industry and researchers and collaborators from across the University
  • Be prepared to participate in group development and research activities and contribute to other projects within the team where it is deemed appropriate by the supervisor

To be eligible for this scholarship you need to have:
  • Analytical thinking, data analysis and critical problem-solving skills
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to work independently
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team
  • Evidence of good oral and written communication skills
  • Applicants with publications will be highly regarded
  • Must meet Swinburne’s entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy
  • Be in a position to commence the PhD candidature in early 2022

It is a genuine occupational requirement that the incumbent must identify as Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic).

To start an application please click on 'apply' or ‘begin’ and submit a resume and cover letter outling your PhD proposal.

Close date
Applications will close when the successful candidate has been appointed.

Start date
As soon as the applicant is selected.

Enquiries
Professor John Evans – jrevans@swin.edu.au

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