Research projects and scholarships

The Faculty of Arts and Education is at the forefront of teaching, learning, creating and social development. We are dedicated to conducting and supporting cutting-edge research and discovery across a diverse range of disciplines.

Our research

We are driven by research that has resonating impacts around the world, supporting and encouraging communities to be resilient, vibrant and inclusive as we thrive and grow together. Our team of dedicated research fellows and academics take risks and break down barriers in discipline knowledge, providing our higher degree by research students with expert guidance and inspiration, led by principles of innovation and creative discovery within a supportive research environment.

Our schools

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

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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.

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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:

  • Anthropology
  • Contemporary histories
  • Cultural heritage
  • Humanitarian leadership
  • Political science
  • Sociology

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Experience a PhD with Dr Fiona Hillary

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.

Learn more about scholarship eligibility and how to apply

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Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowships shape research and innovation excellence by supporting early career researchers identified as potential rising stars. The Fellowships aim to enhance and nurture talent to build the next generation of high achieving, internationally competitive researchers.

Applications open on Monday 4 July 2022 and close on Wednesday 31 August 2022.

Find out more about the eligibility criteria and application process

Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Fellows talk about their research

Dr Renae Fomiatti - Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Renae Fomiatti explores the sociocultural and political dimensions of alcohol and other drug consumption, including its relationship to stigmatised health conditions, such as addiction and hepatitis C, and medical and treatment practices.

Dr N.A.J Taylor - Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow

As an ethical and political theorist, Dr N.A.J Taylor explores human-nature relations via the prism of the nuclear age.

Dr Imogen Richards - Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Research conducted by Imogen Richards has extended theoretical understandings of online far-right phenomena.

Dr Jason Gibson - Former Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow, now ARC DECRA fellow

Jason Gibson looks at the different ways that repatriated cultural collections are being re-integrated back into the social and cultural lives of Aboriginal people and their communities in central Australia.

Connect with our team

Got a question or need more information? Email the Faculty of Arts and Education HDR support office to connect to one of our friendly team and get all your questions answered.

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