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Our scholarship opportunities
These are the current Faculty of Arts and Education scholarship opportunities available to be awarded outside the annual scholarship rounds.
To apply for any of the below scholarships, please complete an Expression of Interest for the Faculty of Arts and Education, noting the scholarship you are interested in.
Please note the University wide scholarship dates do not apply to these scholarships. You may apply at any time whilst they are advertised as available.
PhD scholarship for Indigenous Discovery
Deakin University is seeking expressions of interest from potential Indigenous PhD candidates seeking to undertake research into Indigenous representation in design practice. This ARC scholarship position will see the successful Indigenous candidate align their research with the broader aims of the established research team who are examining the effectiveness of the Australian and International Indigenous Design Charter documents. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop their own research project as they work with the research team to examine Australian and Canadian practice-based design case studies and interrogate the process undertaken to build ethical relationships between practitioners, stakeholders, and Indigenous Knowledge.
The research outcomes are envisaged to provide significant benefits such as increased Indigenous representation, strengthening relationality methodologies and new methods, and the development of resources to engage appropriately with Indigenous Knowledge. An expected outcome of this research is to enhance Indigenous presence in professional creative practice and to facilitate greater international collaboration between practice-based researchers. Applicants for this PhD candidature should have a demonstrated background in cultural studies, social sciences, design anthropology, or a creative practice discipline which could include communication design or architecture.
PhD scholarship in Aboriginal objects in the art museum: histories, issues and exhibitions
Expressions of interest are sought for a PhD scholarship focused on historical Aboriginal objects in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria’, and more generally, on how art museums in Australia engage with ‘ethnographic’ objects. Students and professionals in the fields of anthropology, history, art history, cultural heritage, museum studies, and related fields are encouraged to apply. Indigenous applicants are preferred however non-Indigenous applicants will also be welcomed.
The candidate will be supervised by Associate Professor Tiffany Shellam and Professor Gaye Sculthorpe, leading scholars in history and museum studies at Deakin, in association with Dr Myles Russell-Cook, Senior Curator Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Victoria.
PhD scholarship in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander collections in museums
Expressions of interest are sought for a PhD scholarship for candidates interested in undertaking research that engages Aboriginal communities in the production of new knowledge about under-studied Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander collections in museums. Candidates with established community and museum relationships are particularly encouraged to apply. Indigenous applicants are preferred, however, non-Indigenous candidates will also be welcomed.
PhD scholarship in understanding re-engagements with Aboriginal collections
Expressions of interest are sought for a PhD scholarship attached to Dr Jason Gibson’s DECRA project ‘After the Return: Understanding Re-engagements with Aboriginal Collections.’
This project involves research into the history of Indigenous cultural collections and their contemporary uses. The candidate will develop new critical histories of key Australian ethnographic/anthropological collections, interrogate the complex intercultural exchanges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in this process, and analyse the production of cultural knowledge over time. Students and professionals in the fields of anthropology, history, art history, archaeology, cultural heritage, museum studies, and related fields are encouraged to apply. Indigenous applicants are preferred however non-Indigenous applicants will also be welcomed.
School of Communication and Creative Arts
Our researchers produce high-quality research outcomes across a traditional and non-traditional research spectrum, and our staff include award-winning and internationally renowned artists, writers and performers, and leading scholars publishing with prestigious international presses.
Our research priority areas include:
- Arts, health and wellbeing
- Communication and media studies
- Literature and writing
- Virtual production (DML)
- Visual and performing arts
School of Education
Our researchers work collaboratively with industry and community to address the challenges of our time, encouraging creative responses from informed and innovative thinkers.
Our research priority areas include:
- Innovating teacher education
- Being and becoming learners
- Transforming professional lives: learning and learnership
- Educating for sustainable and just digital societies
- Transforming curriculum, assessment and pedagogy
- Regenerating education for uncertain futures.
School of Humanities and Social Science
Our research spreads across diverse fields from humanitarian and disaster relief to philosophy, contemporary history, cyber crime and all the key social sciences.
The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is closely aligned with the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI), a leading humanities and social sciences research institute whose researchers aim to understand the complex meanings of citizenship, social inclusion and globalisation.
Our research priority areas include:
- Contemporary histories
- Cultural heritage
- Humanitarian leadership
- Political science
Experience a PhD with Dr Fiona Hillary
Take advantage of generous government and university-funded scholarships to support you during your candidature. The Faculty of Arts and Education is keen to attract candidates to enrich our capacity for research innovation. If you’re interested in pursuing a Higher Degree by Research (HDR), you’ll need to align your research proposal with one of our research priority areas identified above. There are over 400 research scholarships available across the university.
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