Migration and Return Migration of Skilled Health Workers from Fiji

PhD Fee Remission Scholarship

School of Social Sciences

Lead Researcher:

About the project

Skilled migrants from Fiji pursue work in countries that feature large health systems such as Australia, New Zealand and the United States. On the one hand this migration pattern represents a 'brain drain' for Fiji, on the other it offers significant labour and mobility opportunity for workers in areas of high unemployment, and is a solution for domestic worker shortages in host nations. It is also a pattern that is likely to continue, especially as the demand for health care workers in the aged care sectors in host countries increases.

Although the pattern of 'brain drain' from Fiji has been known for some time, little research has examined the dynamics of this skilled worker migration in the last decade. While there is some acknowledgement of factors that complicate skilled migration patterns, such as the feminisation of nurse migration, there is no analysis of what this means for the migration experience. The research that does exist tends to be narrowly focused on economic remittance and global south to north migration. It therefore does not consider the gender and kinship dynamics of migration, social remittances or experiences of return migration, all of which have been highlighted as significant in understanding migration dynamics, consequences and possibilities.

Objectives of the project

The PhD Project will focus on Fijian skilled healthcare migration to Australia. The student would be expected to carry out a discrete research project on skilled Fijian health care migrant workers that will complement a broader project on skilled health worker migration. The researchers are particularly interested in proposals for projects that:

1. Document migrants' economic and social remittance practices

2. Map migrants' return aspirations and motivations

3. Examine how migrant workplace experiences are gendered and mediated by other identity dynamics.

What does the scholarship provide?

Domestic and international students will receive:

  • Tuition fee remission for up to four years (i.e. the successful applicant will not be charged tuition fees).

This scholarship does not provide a stipend or cover any additional fees.

Applicants are eligible to apply for Western Sydney University release scholarships. These are assessed on different criteria to this fee remission scholarship.

Eligibility criteria

The successful applicants must:

How to apply

Follow the step-by-step instructions on the how to apply for a project scholarship(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;
Associate Professor Kate Huppatz: k.huppatz@westernsydney.edu.au

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

Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Scholarship reference code: 2020_003_SoSS