HDR Scholarship - Does Intercultural Dialogue work in Fragile Contexts?

Applications now open

Two PhD scholarships are available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Does Intercultural Dialogue work in Fragile Contexts?'

Project Supervisor

Prof Fethi Mansouri (Deakin University) and Dr Serena Hussain (Coventry University)


Alfred Deakin Institute (Deakin University) and Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (Coventry University)


Melbourne Burwood Campus, Australia and Coventry University, UK

Research topic

These PhD scholarships are part of the Cotutelle arrangement between Coventry University, UK and Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. The candidates will spend time at Deakin and Coventry, with a supervision team drawn from the two Universities. This project is offered as part of the Deakin-Coventry cotutelle program where the student is enrolled at both Deakin University and Coventry University (UK). This rewarding program offers international research experience undertaken at both institutions with a tailored program.

The Intercultural Dialogue (ICD) approach differentiates itself from other methods of engaging with diverse societies, principally by encouraging dialogue with the cultural ‘Other’ for its own sake, rather than being outcome focused. However, critics of ICD ask whether it is relevant outside of the European context where it was developed; and whether it is applicable in fragile contexts, where for example, there is conflict over sovereignty. In recognition of such critiques this project explores the utility of ICD as a framework in:

  • A non-European/Western setting which is
  • A fragile context and
  • has a long standing disputed status

The PhD candidates will conduct ICD workshops with youth belonging to stakeholder communities within the disputed region in order to explore the utility of ICD as both a) a research tool for academic exploration of community and stakeholder perspectives; and b) a framework for promoting inter-group dialogue between communities and stakeholders within fragile contexts. The candidates will be provided with extensive training and guidance on ICD by the supervision team and will work closely with a partner NGO within the setting, who will support with the facilitation of workshops for qualitative data gathering and participant observation.

Project aim

These projects explore the utility of intercultural dialogue (ICD) as a framework outside the European context and in a fragile context.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Sunday 31 March 2019.


For the candidate with Deakin University as the home Institution, the scholarship is available over 3 years with a:

  • Stipend of $27,596 per annum tax exempt (2019 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate or overseas
  • International students only: Tuition fee and overseas health coverage for the duration of 4 years
  • For the candidate with Coventry University as the home Institution, the scholarship is available over 3.5 years with a:

  • £15,000 Bursary plus tuition fees

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
  • be able to physically locate to both Coventry University (England) and Deakin University (Australia).

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information or contact Coventry University via email.

Additional desirable criteria include:

  • Experience of conducting research in non-European/Western fragile context

How to apply

Applicants must apply to both institutions.

Learn more about submitting a successful application on Deakin's How to apply page.


Applicants should apply via the Coventry online portal.

Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Prof Fethi Mansouri or Dr Serena Hussain

Prof Fethi Mansouri
Director, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation
Email Fethi Mansouri
+61 3 924 43914

Dr Serena Hussain
Senior Research Fellow & Communities and Change Research Group Lead
Email Serena Hussain