HDR Scholarship - Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies'.


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Research topic

This is a PhD opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research at the Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies (CRIS).

CRIS is an independent think-tank consortium of eight Australian and international academic, community and industry partners - Deakin University, Western Sydney University, Victoria University, Resilience Research Centre—Dalhousie University (Canada), Australian Multicultural Foundation, Centre for Multicultural Youth, RAND Australia and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (UK). Our research programs engages with public policy to advance and enrich local, national and international community cohesion and resilience. CRIS is funded by a grant from the Victorian Government alongside significant investment by partner institutions. CRIS is focused on bringing innovative research together with real-world challenges to offer new ways of thinking about and responding to contemporary social challenges. CRIS is interdisciplinary, international and strongly committed to the ethical conduct of research alongside community partners.

We are seeking an outstanding PhD applicant based in social sciences or multidisciplinary inquiry to work with CRIS in the thematic research focus on Building Resilience to Social Harms, Including Violent Extremism. The successful applicant will be awarded a scholarship to join the CRIS team through a project that aligns with one or more of the focus areas below. Current areas of research and program interest include:

  • Social polarization and disengagement from the public sphere.
  • Recruitment to violent extremist groups online and offline.
  • The rise of social exclusivist identities and narratives based on ethnicity, religion, culture or ideology.
  • The influence of global conflicts and tensions on local environments and actors, both through messaging disseminated via the internet in general and social media in particular, and through engagement with diaspora communities.
  • The social harms created when vulnerability to grievances and alienation translate into support, advocacy, or engagement, in hateful and violent action against specific groups or society at large.
  • The relationships between different forms of hateful and violent extremism, including the relationships between hateful extremism – involving hate speech and incitement to hatred – and violent extremism.
  • Understanding the social ecology of resilience in relation to hatred towards minorities, social conflict and social violence.
  • Understanding trust flows between community and government, including police and community responses to countering violent extremism

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to also draw on the wealth of expertise within the CRIS Consortium, and will be expected to take a proactive role in relevant CRIS initiatives as part of their PhD project. We strongly encourage proposals that align with the following current or planned projects:

  1. Tackling Hate project
  2. Understanding and intervening in recruitment to violent extremism
  3. Understanding trust flows between communities and government

Further information about these projects and the on Building Resilience to Social Harms is available on the CRIS Consortium website, www.crisconsortium.org

Project aim

Applicants are asked to develop a research proposal that aligns with one of the focus areas listed above. We welcome social sciences-based proposals encompassing a range of research methodologies. Supervision options will be organised based on the proposal topic/s selected.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Thursday 30 July 2020


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $28,092 per annum tax exempt (2020 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate or overseas
  • International students only:  Tuition fees offset for the duration of 4 years. Single Overseas Student Health Cover policy for the duration of the student visa.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be either a domestic or international candidate
  • meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements
  • be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component.

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information.

How to apply

Interested applicants should contact Isabel FitzGerald via email with a research proposal before applying for the project. Applicants invited to submit a full application should follow the instructions on the How to apply page.

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Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Ms Isabel FitzGerald or Prof. Michele Grossman

Ms Isabel FitzGerald
Coordinator, Senior Policy and Research
Email Isabel FitzGerald
+61 3 924 45750

Prof. Michele Grossman
Research Chair in Diversity and Community Resilience
Email Michele Grossman
+61 3 924 68893