HDR Scholarship - Global South and Great Exhibitions

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Global South and Great Exhibitions'.

Research topic

This PhD supports research funded as part of an ARC Discovery Indigenous Project titled 'The Great Exhibitions and their Lost Indigenous Objects', led by Prof. Gaye Sculthorpe of Deakin University. Other researchers involved in this project include Flinders University, the Australian National University, the University of Tasmania and the University of Queensland. Overseas research partners include the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge and the Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac in Paris. The project is also seeking a PhD candidate for research based at Flinders University, supervised by Prof. Penny Edmonds to investigate Aboriginal representations from South Australia and the Northern Territory within Australian exhibitions up to 1939. This research is partially funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council.

Project aim

The project aims to develop a comparative study of how the Global South was exhibited at international, colonial and intercolonail exhibitions held within Australia between c.1855 and 1939. It will look at representations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures and compare this with how objects and people from New Caledonia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Aetearoa/New Zealand and Mauritius were represented. The candidate will have the opportunity to research relevant objects in museum collections and archives in several states of Australia and also engage with cultural represenatives of the places researched. Overall, it will contribute to finding significant objects in collections and telling new stories of Australia and its near neighbours.

Important dates

Applications will remain open until a candidate has been appointed


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $34,400 per annum tax exempt (2024 rate)
  • Top-up stipend of $10,600 per annum tax exempt for an Australian Indigenous candidate
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate

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.

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

Additional desirable criteria include:

  • We are seeking to appoint an Australian Indigenous candidate for this position.

How to apply

Please email a CV and cover letter to Prof Gaye Sculthorpe. 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

For more information about this scholarship, please contact:

Prof Gaye Sculthorpe
Email Prof Gaye Sculthorpe
+61 3 9244 5909