HDR Scholarship - Muslim and Anglo-Australian co-existence in rural Australia

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Muslim and Anglo-Australian co-existence in Rural Australia'.

Project Supervisor


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Research topic

The PhD candidate will work with Prof Ihsan Yilmaz to conduct research on any aspect of the research project on Muslim and Anglo-Australian co-existence in rural Australia.
This PhD project builds upon, and contributes to, an established research agenda of the Chair in Islamic Studies and Intercultural Dialogue at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Dialogue, Deakin University.

The Chair aims to investigate the adoption of and adaptation to Australian identity by Muslim migrants over three generations in rural and regional towns and cities to generate new knowledge about migrant integration in rural/regional Australia by employing a longitudinal interdisciplinary method, combining archival research, social-media analyses, surveys and interviews. Integrating approaches from Political Science, Political Psychology, Anthropology and Sociology, this project will contribute to understanding of majority-minority relations in understudied rural/regional parts of Australia.

Mutual perceptions, anxieties, populism, victimhood, intergroup contact, friendship, civic and political participation, intergenerational difference, and impact of government policies at local-state-federal levels on the dynamics of this co-existence are some of the aspects of this project.

Project aim

The student can propose to work on any of the above-mentioned aspects or any other aspect that is not mentioned.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 30 September 2020


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $28,092 per annum tax exempt (2020 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 either a domestic or international candidate currently residing in Australia (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.

How to apply

Please apply using the Faculty of Arts and Education expression of interest form on the 'How to apply' page.


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Professor Ihsan Yilmaz

Professor Ihsan Yilmaz
Research Chair in Islamic Studies and Intercultural Dialogue
Ihsan Yilmaz
+61 3 924 68542