HDR Scholarship – Migrant Youth, Multiculturalism and Human Mobility

Applications now open

A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct social science research on migrant youth, multiculturalism and human mobility.

Research topic

The PhD student will undertake research on migrant youth, multiculturalism and human mobility. This scholarship is part of an project led by Professor Fethi Mansouri in collaboration with colleagues in Canada and the UK. This research is partially funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council

We are looking for an innovative PhD research project that creatively engages with the possibilities and opportunities embodied in young migrants’ identities and competencies (rather than the tensions or problems that are often associated with diversity). The position will suit a student with a background in sociology, politics and international relations, anthropology or a similar social science discipline. Empirically the PhD project will focus on Australia, although comparative research with Canada and the UK is also welcome. The successful applicant will be based at Deakin’s Melbourne Burwood Campus and will be supervised by Prof Fethi Mansouri.

Project aim

While the PhD project will be undertaken independently, it will generate additional data to complement the empirical foundations of the larger ARC-funded project. This international project explores the comparative experiences of transcultural capital among migrant youth in three highly diverse cities across three continents: Melbourne (Australia), Toronto (Canada), and Birmingham (UK). Through primary research, we are investigating the skills, resources and knowledge that migrant youth access and develop from balancing, concurrently, the demands of their cultural identities and broader social belongings.

In addition, we are examining how this balancing act affects the ability of migrant youth to instigate, negotiate and maintain socio-cultural connections at different scales and their contributions towards their communities and broader societies. The project's expected outcomes will contribute to scholarly and policy discussions on migrant youth in the West and improve understanding of their overall social well-being. More information on the research team and the project’s background, aim and design is available on the project’s website.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 30th October 2019.


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • 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

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.
  • have a background in sociology, politics and international relations, anthropology or a similar social science discipline.

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

How to apply

Please apply using the expression of interest form


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Dr Magdalena Arias Cubas.

Dr Magdalena Arias Cubas
Associate Research Fellow
Email Dr Magdalena Arias Cubas
+61 3 9246 8842