HDR Scholarship - The Effects of Transnational Mobility on Youth Transitions

Applications now open

A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'The Effects of Transnational Mobility on Youth Transitions'.

Research topic

The PhD student will initiate and conduct a doctoral research project affiliated with an Australian Research Council funded 5-year Discovery Project on ‘The Effects of Transnational Mobility on Youth Transitions’, known as the ‘YMAP’ project (Youth Mobilities, Aspirations and Pathways: see ymapproject.org). This is led by Professor Anita Harris (Deakin), Professor Loretta Baldassar (UWA) and Dr Shanthi Robertson (Western Sydney University). This research is partially funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council.

The YMAP project brings together youth studies and migration studies approaches to investigate the relationship between youth mobility and transitions. Young people increasingly migrate abroad for work and education, and Australia is a significant hub for sending and receiving. Migration and education policies encourage this mobility, which is expected to provide youth with enhanced life chances and competitive skills. However, very little research examines its effects on young people’s transitions: that is, its impact on their establishment of ongoing social and familial ties, capacity for engaged citizenship and sustained belonging, and efforts to make adult identities and imagine and enact longer term plans and life trajectories.

This project investigates how transnational mobility affects young people’s ability to not only achieve desirable qualifications and livelihoods, but to be connected and engaged in their social and civic worlds as these become more dispersed spatially and less predictable temporally. It suggests that youth and migrancy are no longer straightforward states of transition, and proposes that old frameworks of sequential passaging towards adulthood and settlement need to be rethought with conceptual tools that can capture more complex and less fixed routes that characterise young lives on the move.

Through a mixed methods longitudinal study, including 3 waves of surveys with a large sample of mobile youth, and supported by a digital ethnography and biographical case studies, the project explores how youth (aged 18-30) from various cultural backgrounds (including British, Chinese, Indian and Italian) moving in and out of Australia manage mobility and develop economic, social and civic benefits for themselves and the broader community.

Project aim

We are now offering a scholarship to a highly motivated PhD candidate to work on this project. Applicants are invited to propose a project on any aspect of the impacts of transnational mobility on young people’s social and/or family ties, citizenship and civic lives, and/or economic opportunities and transitions to adulthood. The proposed doctoral project must align with the focus of the YMAP ARC project. This PhD will be based at Deakin and supervised by Professor Anita Harris with external supervision from Prof Baldassar and Dr Robertson.

Important dates

Applications will remain open until a candidate has been appointed


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $28,092 per annum tax exempt (2020 rate)
  • A relocation allowance from $500 to $1,500 awarded to students who are moving from interstate or overseas in order to study at Deakin
  • 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, anthropology, politics, cultural studies or a cognate discipline.
  • include a writing sample in their application.

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

Additional desirable criteria include:

  • Applicants with Chinese language skills are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Please apply using the expression of interest form

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Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Prof Anita Harris

Prof Anita Harris
Research Professor
Email Anita Harris
+61 3 924 45476