Current HDR Opportunities

We are now offering a number of research scholarships to highly motivated PhD candidates as part of the ICS 2020/2021 program. If you are interested in applying for one of the opportunities listed please get in touch with the relevant contact person.

We encourage candidates to check this page regularly as scholarships may be added throughout the year as projects are awarded. Please note that some scholarship applications may have closed.

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New Chinese Migrants and Everyday Citizenship in Sydney Suburbs. CURRENTLY OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS - applications close 30/09/2020

We are offering a research scholarship to a highly motivated PhD candidate to work within a research team on the project 'Civic Sinoburbia? New Chinese Migrants and Everyday Citizenship'. The project is funded through the Australian Research Council.

The Sinoburbia Project examines everyday, local civic participation in three Sydney suburbs with a high proportion of China-born residents. It focuses on how new Chinese migrants participate in everyday civic spaces in Sydney’s suburbs, assessing the barriers and opportunities they face and examines how local organisations representing everyday civic spaces (e.g. schools, libraries, sports clubs, churches, cultural venues, care facilities and community centres) across different domains of suburban civic life are adapting to and being transformed by the presence and participation of new Chinese migrants. The project is suitable for candidates with strong interests in sociology, cultural studies, urban studies or ethnic and racial studies who have skills or interests in qualitative or quantitative social research. Bilingual skills in Mandarin/English would be desirable.

Contact: Associate Professor Shanthi Robertson

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Autonomy, Disability, Diversity: Everyday Practices of Technology

We are offering a research scholarship to a highly motivated PhD candidate to work within a research team on the project Autonomy, Disability, Diversity: Everyday Practices of Technology (ADDEPT).

The ADDEPT Project investigates how current and emerging consumer autonomous technologies (AT) can work to strengthen or impede inclusive participation for culturally and linguistically diverse communities (CaLD) living with disability in urban Australia.

The PhD project will be based at ICS with the opportunity to work with ICS-based supervisors, Associate Professors Karen Soldatic, Liam Magee and Shanthi Robertson on any specific dimension of the role of AI and autonomous technology in the lives of people from CaLD backgrounds who are living with disability.

Contact: Associate Professor Karen Soldatic 

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Fashioning Fiji: Investigating Creative Industries in a Developing Context

This PhD scholarship project will focus upon the development and changes in the Fijian fashion industry across regional (Sydney, Auckland) sites, particularly following the COVID-19 pandemic. It will focus on two of three areas: the use of digital and social media to build and expand markets, new approaches to production, consumption and waste (including recycling and second hand clothing) and/or the relationship between fashion and design as a source of national and regional identity

Contact: Professor Heather Horst

Schooling, Parenting and Ethnicity Scholarship 
Schooling, Parenting and Ethnicity: Asian Migration and Australian Education

Asian migration is transforming many aspects of life in migrant-based societies such as Australia. In education, an arena of aspiration and anxiety for many parents, social anxieties are increasingly ethnicised drawing on simplistic stereotypes of ‘Asian cultures’. The children of Asian migrants are disproportionately successful in Australian education, but are there different Asian and Western approaches to parenting? Domestic education policies are an important part of this social context. The acceleration of Asian migration has coincided with changes in Australia’s education system such as the greater prevalence of selective schooling and the marketization of education.

The PhD project will be geared towards how parental influence extends into students’ choice of tertiary study focusing on the impact of Asian migration at this level of education, with the successful candidate having the flexibility to develop a project that aligns with the aims of the broader study.

Contact: Professor Megan Watkins

Australia a Space-faring Nation Awarded 
Australia a Space-faring Nation: Imaginaries and Practices of Space Futures - AWARDED

The Institute for Culture and Society is seeking applications for a PhD scholarship on ‘Australia a space-faring Nation: Imaginaries and Practices of Space Futures’ with Professor Juan Francisco Salazar.

The project is funded through the Australian Research Council and investigates the challenges, opportunities and implications of outer space as a site of economic, political, environmental and cultural interest. Combining ethnography, science and technology studies, and creative practice, the project analyses how a range of imaginaries of outer space are produced through a series of case studies including: the development of Australia’s National Space Agency; the role of new venture capital firms; scientific research on alien life in terrestrial analogue sites; and Indigenous imaginaries of outer space.

Contact: Professor Juan Francisco Salazar

Visit the Graduate Research School for other current opportunities.