PhD Scholarship - History on Australian and New Zealand Aid for the Pacific

A PhD scholarship is available in Deakin's School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Education. The PhD student, under the guidance of the Chief Investigator, will initiate and conduct research on the topic of ‘History of Australian and New Zealand aid for the Pacific' led by Professor David Lowe and Professor Mark McGillvary. The successful applicant will be based at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus.

Value and duration


  • A stipend of $26,682 per annum tax exempt (2017 rate)
  • A relocation allowance up to $1,500 (2017 rate) awarded to students who are moving from interstate or overseas in order to study at Deakin
  • Paid sick, maternity and parental leave


  • Three years

Project aim

The project will result in a comparative history of Australian and New Zealand aid for the Pacific region since the Second World War. Located primarily in the discipline of history, it will make an important contribution to our knowledge of Australian and New Zealand’s aid policies and programs and the relationships these two countries have built in their region.

The doctoral project is part of an ARC-funded project investigating relationships between Australian foreign aid and Australian national interests, acknowledging changes in these twin themes.

Important dates

Closing date

1 March 2017


  • Domestic candidates  only (Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Resident, New Zealand Citizenship)
  • Applicants must meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements, be enrolling full-time and hold an Honours degree (First Class) or a Master's degree with a substantial research component in a related field. Please refer to the entry pathways to higher degrees by research for further information.

How to apply

Please refer to the How to apply for a research degree page for application information.

Further information

If you'd like to discuss your research interests and project proposal before applying, please contact:

Professor David Lowe
+61 3 5227 2698
Email Professor Lowe 

Professor Mark McGillivray
+61 3 5227 8011
Email Professor McGillivray