HDR Scholarship - Islamic Collections in Australian Museums

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Islamic Collections in Australian Museums'.

Research topic

This PhD supports research funded as part of an ARC Discovery Early Career Award, led by Dr Virginie Rey of Deakin University, entitled "Muslim Museums: Curating Islam in Multicultural Societies". This project seeks a PhD candidate to investigate Islamic Collections in Australian Museums.

Project aim

The project aims to develop a social history of Islamic collections in Australia from the 19th century to present day. It will look at collection development and the representations of Islam/Muslim art or heritage and material culture in Australian museums and compare this with how objects and people from the Islamic World were collected and exhibited elsewhere, in Europe and in North America, for example. The candidate will have the opportunity to research relevant objects in museum collections and archives in several states of Australia. Overall, it will contribute to finding significant objects in collections and telling new stories of Islamic collections and Australia.

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)
  • 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 Dr Virginie Rey. 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:

Dr Virginie Rey
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+61 3 924 68219

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