HDR Scholarship - Maar Nation Aboriginal Art and Culture

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Maar Nation Aboriginal Art and Culture'.

Project Supervisor


Warrnambool campus in partnership with the Warrnambool Art Gallery

Research topic

The successful applicant will work closely with the WAG’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection, under the supervision of Deakin academics and with support and input from the gallery staff, including the gallery Director, the Curator of Cultural Engagement and the Maar Nation Steering Committee, to facilitate culturally-sensitive research and outcomes.

A number of potential research topics have been identified by the gallery staff. However, individual PhD research programs can be co-designed with the successful applicant to match their goals, interests and skills.

Applicants may choose to complete a standard doctoral dissertation or pursue research by creative practice with an accompanying critical exegesis.

Potential topics related to the WAG collection may include:

  • Collection management, policy and access
  • Contemporary or historical arts and cultural production
  • Maar Nation health systems
  • Maar Nation music and performance arts
  • Language and storytelling
  • Natural history and ecology
  • Architecture and infrastructure

Project aim

Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG), in partnership with Deakin University, is seeking expressions of interest for students to undertake a PhD focused on South West Victorian Aboriginal art and culture. This position is funded by a scholarship and is based at Deakin’s Warrnambool campus. The PhD project may be focused on one or more of the following areas: South West Aboriginal Art, History, Health, Cultural Heritage, Storytelling and Language.


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

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be a domestic candidate (domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship).
  • 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.

Southwest-connected Maar Nation candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

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

Key selection criteria include:

  • Demonstrated well-developed understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture, and knowledge of the history, art, culture and people of the Maar Nation of south west Victoria.
  • Evidence of the capacity to undertake and complete a sustained project in a relevant field, and to work both independently and collaboratively, as required.
  • Skills in research and communication that indicate a capacity to complete a PhD of this kind.

How to apply

Please apply using the expression of interest form and include:

A one-page cover letter outlining your interest in this project, relevant experience and skills

A two-page curriculum vitae outlining educational qualifications, publications, evidence of research and/or creative practice relevant to the position and

A 500-word statement addressing the key selection criteria.


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Dr Paul Venso.

Dr Paul Venzo
Senior Lecturer
Email Paul Venzo
+61 3 556 33210