HDR Scholarship - Popular Fiction and Global Medievalism

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Popular Fiction and Global Medievalism'.

Project Supervisor

Additional Supervision


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Research topic

This PhD project is part of a larger Future Fellowship project ‘The Politics of Medievalism: Persuasive Narratives”, led by Dr Helen Young.

The larger project explores how medievalisms, the reception and re-imagining of the European and global Middle Ages, work to construct identities and spread ideologies, including in political discourse and popular culture.

Project aim

This scholarship is for a candidate seeking to pursue a practice-based PhD in creative writing, focussing on popular fiction in a genre such as fantasy, historical fiction, YA, or romance (other genres will also be considered). The recipient will conduct a PhD project that explores medievalism in popular fictions construct identities and embed ideologies. The project will consider:

  • What identities and ideologies are embedded in current convention in the chosen genre
  • How subverting or otherwise changing conventions can change identities and ideologies encoded in the text

The focus will be global medievalism, that is, drawing inspiration from the Middle Ages in regions such Oceania, Asia, Africa, the Americas and/or networks and movements between different regions, rather than principally or exclusively from medieval Europe. The successful candidate will design the project within this framework in consultation with the supervisory team.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 15 November 2023


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $33,500 per annum tax exempt (2023 rate)
  • International students only:  Tuition fees offset for the duration of 4 years. Single Overseas Student Health Cover policy for the duration of the student visa.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be a domestic or international 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.

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

Additional desirable criteria include:

  • Potential candidates who have not completed an Honours or suitable Masters degree may also demonstrate research equivalency through creative and/or professional writing.

How to apply

Please email a CV and cover letter to Dr Helen Young. The CV should highlight your skills, education, publications and relevant work experience. If you are successful you will then be invited to submit a formal application.

Contact us

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