PhD Scholarships

ACIAC PhD Scholarship 2018: Australia-China Literary Interactions

Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture & Writing and Society Research Centre

Scholarship code: 2018-087colourful photo with 4 students sitting on grass

About the project

The Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture is a hub and national resource centre for cultural exchange between Australia, China and the Sinosphere (including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and other centres of Chinese culture), and for collaborative action in the arts and cultural fields. It enhances exchanges between Western Sydney University and partner universities overseas, particularly in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore and engages in research programs of relevance to the Australia-China relationship. The Institute engages with the local community in Western Sydney, and particularly with ethnic Chinese groups, businesses and individuals.

The Writing and Society Research Centre’s core interest is in literature as a form of knowledge, and as an agent for the examination of social and cultural values. It provides a rigorous and active context for researchers and higher degree candidates. The aim of the Centre is to build on the already established reputation of its activities, which are often collaborative and interdisciplinary in nature, and to assist the development of a sustaining literary milieu, particularly in the Greater Western Sydney region, where it has established projects that encourage young and emerging writers of immigrant background. The Centre has research strengths in modern literature and contemporary writing, critical theory, literature and philosophy, literary translation, cross-media arts, literary publishing and the new technologies of writing. A strong commitment to producing high quality research outcomes in the form of creative work and scholarship publications and research projects is encouraged at the Centre.

The doctoral candidate, under the supervision of WSU-based academic, Anthony Uhlmann, and Professor Nicholas Jose, from The University of Adelaide, will focus on a project concerned with China and Australia and arts and culture, with themes relevant to the academic concerns of the Australia China Institute of Arts and Culture and the Writing & Society Research Centre. Of interest to the Institute and Centre is a candidate specifically interested in Chinese literature, including the translation of Chinese literature into English or foreign literary works, particularly Australian literary texts, into Chinese. The candidate will also have the opportunity to be an active participant in Institute and Centre seminars and workshops.

What does the scholarship provide?

  • Domestic candidates will receive a tax-free stipend of up to $30,000 per annum for up to 3 years to support living costs, supported by the Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset.
  • International candidates will receive a tax-free stipend of up to $30,000 per annum for up to 3 years to support living costs. Those with a strong track record will receive a tuition fee waiver and Overseas Student Health Cover (single policy).
  • Funding is also available for project costs subject to approval by the Institute.

Eligibility criteria

This scholarship is open to domestic and international applicants.

The successful applicant should:

  • hold an Australian Bachelor (Honours) degree in Literature (H2A or H1) or equivalent overseas qualifications and experience OR equivalent qualifications and evidence of research experience (including publications) in Australian-China arts and culture.
  • have demonstrated excellent academic performance.
  • a good understanding of cultural and artistic theories and their application.
  • be highly motivated to undertake further study at an advanced level.
  • have excellent oral communication skills and good team-working experience.
  • research experience in arts and culture.
  • propose a research project that works within the project aims listed above.

International applicants must also demonstrate English language proficiency (opens in a new window).

How to apply

1. Contact Lindsay Liu ( at ACIAC and Dr Melinda Jewell ( at WSRC to discuss your eligibility and your intention to apply.

2. Contact Professor Anthony Uhlmann ( to discuss the project and its objectives.

3. Complete the scholarship application form (PDF, 222.11 KB) (opens in a new window).

3. Compile your CV, contact information for two referees and a one-page proposal stating how your research interests align with the project aims.

4. Ensure all documentation is certified according to Western Sydney University requirements (opens in a new window).

5. All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted directly to the Graduate Research School as follows:

  • Use the email subject line: Application_2018_087_ACIAC
  • Submit to
  • All attached documents must be submitted as PDF.
  • In the body of your email, include your full name, your student ID (if you are a current or previous Western Sydney University student) and the full title of the scholarship.

Applications close 3 June 2018.