The MARCS Institute PhD Scholarship on Indigenous Language Revitalisation

Indigenous Language Revitalisation

Scholarship code: 2021_037_MARCS

Domestic Applicants Only

About the project

The MARCS Institute(opens in new window)Opens in a new window studies the scientific bases of human communication. Situated on four campuses, MARCS research on brain, behaviour and development encompasses such areas as how we learn language and handle foreign accents, how to program robots for human interaction, how we can enhance communication with infants, those with hearing impairments, and the elderly, and how music and dance communicate universally. We apply our work to advanced technology, biomedical engineering, and improving physical and mental health by designing electronics inspired by neural systems, building better biomedical devices, analysing heightened performance in the creative arts, and addressing impaired performance in developmental delay and sensory deficit.

MARCS invites applications from highly motivated graduates seeking to undertake a Master of Research (MRes)(opens in new window)Opens in a new window to work with Professor Caroline Jones, Dr Clair Hill and Dr Mark Richards on a project in Indigenous language revitalisation. The project suits applicants with interests in linguistics, education and/or technology. The broad aim of the project is to investigate how online dictionary software can be used by Indigenous community members to create teaching and learning resources for their language. The MRes provides research training (coursework then thesis) and is an excellent preparation pathway for PhD study.

What does the scholarship provide?

  • Domestic candidates will receive a tax-free stipend of $30,000(AUD) per annum for up to 2 years to support living costs, with the MRes thesis year (Stage 2) supported by the Research Training Program (RTP) Fee Offset.
  • Access to the extensive range of MARCS specialised equipment, laboratory space and facilities.
  • Additional funding to support training and equipment purchases.
  • A rich environment of support and academic expertise via supervisory panels, seminars, colloquia, international and industry collaborations.
  • In addition, this scholarship is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL). The MRes student will enjoy the high-quality, interdisciplinary, and national research training environment offered by CoEDL.

    International candidates are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Eligibility criteria

We welcome applicants from a range of backgrounds, who are keen to apply their skills to the area research.

The successful applicant should:

  • hold qualifications and experience equal to a Bachelor or Masters (coursework) degree, with an admission average mark of 65+ in the most recent degree.
  • identify as being an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person (being an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational qualification as authorised under Section 14 (D) of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act, 1977 NSW) as per the University guidelines [PDF, 97.34 KB].(opens in new window)Opens in a new window
  • provide a statement of support of their application indicating how they believe the receipt of the scholarship will assist them with their studies and future career (including a sufficient explanation of the applicant's background and current circumstances to enable the University to assess their eligibility, need and merit).
  • be enthusiastic and highly motivated to undertake further study at an advanced level.

The successful applicant will be selected based on their written application, academic potential, their ability to meet the criteria and, where appropriate, their performance in an interview before a selection panel.

International candidates are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.

How to apply

Follow the step-by-step instructions on the how to apply for a project scholarship(opens in new window)Opens in a new window page.

Incomplete applications or applications that do not conform to the above requirements will not be considered.

For questions and advice about the research project, please contact the Lead Researcher;
Professor Caroline Jones: caroline.jones@westernsydney.edu.au

For questions and advice about the application process, please contact the Graduate Research School: grs.scholarships@westernsydney.edu.au.

Applications Close 30 April 2021

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