HDR Scholarship - Indigenous Cultural Heritage and Collections

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Indigenous Cultural Heritage and Collections'.

Research topic

This project is looking for a candidate interested in carrying out research into the history of Indigenous cultural collections, Indigenous cultural heritage and contemporary life. The candidate will develop new critical histories of key Australian ethnographic/anthropological collections, interrogate the complex intercultural exchanges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in this process, and analyse the production of cultural knowledge over time. The candidate might also investigate how museums and other collecting institutions can better respond to Indigenous interests, experiences, and ways of knowing, as well as consider the future of museum anthropology/ethnography as a sub-discipline at a time of increased interest in repatriation, decolonisation and Indigenisation. Students and professionals in the fields of anthropology, history, art history, archaeology, cultural heritage, museum studies, and related fields are encouraged to apply. Indigenous applicants are preferred however non-Indigenous applicants will also be welcomed.

Project aim

The scholarship is for a candidate interested in undertaking research on Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander collections and contemporary re-engagements with these materials. Candidates may have backgrounds in Indigenous studies, anthropology, archaeology, art history, archives, or other related fields. Potential topics include examinations of key collections, the history of museum anthropology in Australia, working with a community to re-engage with specific collections, the politics of repatriation, and/or studying the afterlives of objects or collections once they are returned in digital or physical form to to communities.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Friday 30 June 2023


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $33,500 per annum tax exempt (2023 rate)
  • 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.

Indigenous applicants are preferred, however, non-Indigenous candidates will also be welcomed.

How to apply

Please apply using the expression of interest form


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Dr Jason Gibson

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