HDR Scholarship - One-Year PhD scholarship in the Creative Arts based on Prior Publications

Applications now open

A one year PhD scholarship is available for the PhD by Prior Publication program in Deakin's School of Communication & Creative Arts, Faculty of Arts & Education. The successful applicant will be based at either the Melbourne Burwood Campus, Geelong Waurn Ponds campus or Geelong Waterfront Campus.

Research topic

The PhD by Prior Publications in the Creative Arts one-year scholarship is designed for practitioners in any of the creative arts, including creative writing. This innovative PhD model offers a unique opportunity for professional artists with a distinguished national or international level reputation to work alongside pre-eminent supervisors in state of the art facilities.

The successful applicant will have access to Deakin University's innovative PhD Xtra Program to support them in writing a substantial exegesis which addresses a research problem through critical engagement with a representative selection of the candidate's own creative outputs. PhD Xtra includes tailored coursework, research funding support, and access to a wide range of additional program content and opportunities.

The successful applicant will commence study in 2018 and must be based at one of Deakin's Victorian Campuses.

Project aim

The aim of the project will be determined through consultation between the candidate and the supervision panel based on analysis of the candidate's research interests, expertise and prior creative-arts achievements.

Value and duration


    A stipend of $27,082 per annum tax exempt (2018 rate)


1 Year

Important dates

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Eligibility criteria

This scholarship is only open to domestic candidates (domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Resident, New Zealand Citizenship).

Applicants must be enrolling full-time in a Deakin University PhD course and meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements. The applicant must hold an Honours degree (First Class) or an equivalent standard Master's degree with a substantial research component. Please refer to the entry pathways to higher degrees by research for further information.

Applicants must provide evidence of scholarly achievement equivalent to First Class honours and a demonstrated capacity for scholarly writing and research.

How to apply

Applicants should email their CV (no more than 5 pages), one-page research proposal and the names of two referees to Dr Patrick West. Intending applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Patrick West for additional information before submitting their application.

Enquiries about entry into the PhD by Prior Publications in the Creative Arts without scholarship, or other postgraduate research degrees in the School, are also most welcome.

Further information

If you wish to discuss your research interests and project proposal before applying, please contact Dr. Patrick West via email or phone +61 3 9244 3953.