HDR Scholarship - Politics of Postgenomic Life in the Global South: India

Applications now open

A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Politics of Postgenomic Life in the Global South: India'.

Project Supervisor


Melbourne Burwood Campus or Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus or Geelong Waterfront Campus

Research topic

This PhD project contributes to existing research about the social and political implications of emerging models of epigenetic life in the Global South. Integrating approaches from anthropology, history of the body/medicine, Science and Technology Studies, and social theory, this project will contribute to tracking how epigenetic ideas are reshaping notions of body, heredity and biological plasticity.

The research will focus on the significance of epigenetics and Development Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) in India and its material implications for the governance of the material body and vulnerable populations in general. The research aims to contribute to a comparative understanding of how bodies are made permeable, and thus available for intervention, across different sites in the Global South.

Project aim

Shifts in scientific understandings of biological heredity, development and health driven by epigenetic knowledge pose major challenges for biology and also for the social sciences and public health. The PhD research contributes to a wider project on whether and how epigenetic and DOHaD (Developmental Origins of Health and Disease) models are arrived in policy, transforming prior discourse on wellbeing, risk and responsibility, with particular focus on vulnerable minority groups in India.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Monday 15th July 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.

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 A/Prof Maurizio Meloni or Mr Luke Cuttance

A/Prof Maurizio Meloni 
ARC Future Fellow
Email Maurizio Meloni
+61 3 5227 8811

Mr Luke Cuttance
Executive Officer
Email Luke Cuttance
+61 3 9244 6384