Intending PhD and DCA candidates

Bicycle On Campus PhD DCAThe Writing & Society Research Centre welcomes suitably qualified applicants for postgraduate study. The supervision of doctoral theses is one of our main teaching activities. We have a strong cohort of doctoral candidates, many of whom are published authors and critics.

Our postgraduate program offers both PhDs and DCAs (Doctor of Creative Arts) for students pursuing historical or theoretical research on literary topics, or creative writing projects with an exegetical component. It is designed to facilitate discussion through expert supervision, presentations in reading and writing groups and masterclasses, as well as participation in the centre's research seminars led by distinguished scholars and writers.

In these ways the program seeks to provide a common foundation in literary history and Australian literature for the research projects pursued individually by candidates. A regular postgraduate seminar [insert link] provides practical information on the preparation and writing of theses.

Successful applicants are also often awarded scholarships. Financial assistance is available to all doctoral candidates to support travel, research and publication expenses.

How to apply

1. In order to apply you must hold an undergraduate degree, and to be competitive you must have a first-class or high second-class honours degree OR equivalent (postgraduate degree with research component; publications; relevant professional experience)

2. Please read our people pages to determine whether Writing and Society Centre members can offer you appropriate supervision for the project you have in mind.

3. If you feel there is someone who is suitable to supervise you, we would like to find out more about you. Please make contact with Melinda Jewell, (opens in a new window) our Research Project Officer, and send her a copy of your CV (including publications), a research proposal and a sample of your writing (critical or creative). We would also recommend that, before you apply, you meet with the potential supervisor/s to discuss your project in more detail.

4. Should you choose to apply, you can find information on the application process at the following webpages:

5. If you wish to apply for a scholarship you will find information at the follow webpages:

NOTE: If you apply for a scholarship you DO NOT need to apply for admission separately

6. Please be aware that the University accepts applications to undertake postgraduate research at any time, however scholarship applications are only assessed twice a year. The deadline for round one of scholarships is 26 June 2015. The deadline for round two is 16 October 2015.
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