HDR Scholarship - Young Workers and Post-Industrial Citizenship

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Young Workers and Post-Industrial Citizenship'.

Project Supervisor


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Research topic

Two PhD scholarships are offered as part of a wider program of Australian Research Council funded research that explores the experiences of young workers in relation to questions of political participation and employment precarity. This program of work is led by Dr David Farrugia and is exploring issues connected with identity, skills and productivity, and labour practices, all in relation to the role of young workers in public life. The program is conceptually driven and critical, employing qualitative methods. It spans disciplinary areas including education, youth studies, labour studies and branches of sociology connected with politics and economic life.

Project aim

Students would be supported to develop a project in an area aligned with the broader program of research on issues connected to young workers, work, labour and politics. Within this, issues connected with migration, ethnicity, gender and sexuality, student workers, or other similar topics would be welcome. Potential candidates should consider how their ideas might connect with the overall program of research, and a project idea can be developed in consultation with Dr Farrugia.

The PhD students would be part of a collaborative and supportive team, and would have access to the rich research environment within the Centre for Research for Educational Impact in Deakin’s School of Education. Interested applicants should contact Dr Farrugia to discuss their ideas and see how they might connect with the broader program of work.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Monday 2 October 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
  • 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:

  • Applicants should have a background in critical social scientific research from disciplines including education, sociology, anthropology, political science or industrial relations.

How to apply

In the first instance applicants should email Dr David Farrugia to develop their project idea, and can then apply through Deakin’s usual channels. Please apply using the expression of interest form


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Dr David Farrugia

Dr David Farrugia
Email Dr David Farrugia
+61 3 924 46586