PhD Scholarships

ACIAC PhD Scholarship 2019: English-Chinese Translation Studies

Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture & School of Humanities and Communication Arts

Scholarship code: 2019-003

About the project

The Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture (ACIAC) 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.

One of the key research areas of ACIAC is translation studies which include Audiovisual Translation, Literary translation and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Translation. The doctoral candidate, under the supervision of Western Sydney University based academic, Dr Jing Han, a leading expert in subtitling and translating Chinese culture, will develop a research project concerned with China and Australia and arts and culture, with themes relating to audiovisual translation and reception studies of subtitled films and TV programs, or Chinese translations of Australian literature or English translations of Chinese literature, or TCM translations, with a focus on translating culture and translation as a communication. Experts in the relevant field will be invited to join the supervisory panel. The candidate will also have the opportunity to be an active participant in ACIAC 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

We welcome applicants from a range of backgrounds, who are keen to apply their skills to English-Chinese translation and Australia-China cultural communication. In particular, the project is suitable for candidates with strong interests in English-Chinese audiovisual translation and reception studies of subtitled films and TV programs, or Chinese translations of Australian literature or English translations of Chinese literature, or Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Translation with a focus on translating culture and translation as a communication.The successful applicant should:

The successful applicant should:

  • hold an Australian Bachelor (Honours) degree in Arts (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.
  • demonstrate a good understanding of cultural translation theories and their application.
  • be highly motivated to undertake further study at an advanced level.
  • have excellent oral and written communication skills and good team-working experience.
  • have research experience culture and translation.
  • provide a research proposal that works within the project aims as listed above.

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

How to apply

1. Contact Dr Jing Han (jing.han@westernsydney.edu.au)  to discuss your eligibility and your intention to app

2. 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 well-developed 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_2019_003_ACIAC
  • Submit to grs.scholarships@westernsydney.edu.au
  • 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 31 May 2019.

*Applications close at 11.59pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).