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PhD Scholarship at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Applications Close: 1 November 2017
Eligibility:To be eligible, you must:
  • Be assessed by the Graduate School as meeting all conditions for admission to the PhD.
  • Have an academic qualification equivalent to an Australian Bachelor’s degree with Honours Class I.
  • Not hold a qualification at the same or a higher level than the research higher degree program you are undertaking.
Available to: 
Future Student
Level of study: 
Postgraduate Research
Australian and Permanent Residents or NZ citizens
International student

Award value:
The scholarship will offer a stipend of $27,082 (2018 rate) and a top up of $7,500 per annum for a total of three years, with the possibility of extension to a maximum of four years.
Applications open: 
13 September 2017
Applications close: 
1 November 2017

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) was founded in July 2015.  It seeks to promote high level research in traditional humanities disciplines such as history, philosophy, and literature, while also engaging with more recent developments in the humanities and other fields, including cultural studies, communication, politics and international studies, and science communication.
The Institute consists of a number of full-time research-focused academics, postdoctoral fellows, faculty fellows, and visiting fellows.  IASH is supported by strategic funding from the UQ Senior Executive and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.  Most of its specific research projects are funded by external grants.

The scholarships

In conjunction with the School of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) and the School of Communication and Arts (SCA) the Institute is offering up to four PhD scholarships (domestic and international) to study under one of two research projects. 
Project: Justice, Recognition, and Power in World Politics
The contemporary international order is being reshaped by shifting configurations of power, new articulations of cultural difference, and competing justice claims. These developments challenge our most basic theoretical, empirical, and normative assumptions, leaving us poorly equipped to understand the dynamics of contemporary global change. This project will investigate the nature and complex interconnection between these developments, seeking to enhance theory, revise historical understandings, and better inform normative reasoning.
Successful applicants will be supervised by Professor Christian Reus-Smit. While all dissertation projects that engage the project’s central themes will be considered, we are particularly interested in projects that are conceptually and theoretically innovative, draw on diverse Western and non-Western histories, or explore the ethical implications of shifting relations between justice, recognition, and power.

Terms and conditions

A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.
Students can be considered for scholarship only twice. Consideration can be prior to enrolment, or in the first round after the confirmation milestone is achieved*.
*conditions apply, see the scholarship rules for further details
In instances where the candidate is awarded a scholarship after commencement there will be no retrospective payments of this scholarship. 

How to apply

To apply for admission and this scholarship please visit the UQ Graduate School website and review instructions.
When completing the online application form ensure you indicate in the free text field in scholarships that you are applying for a Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities PhD Scholarship.
All applicants must supply the following documents. These documents should be uploaded in the 'Evidence & Document Upload' section of the online application form.
  • A cover letter that proposes an original research project that fits within the larger parameters of one of the three projects described;
  • A curriculum vitae detailing education, professional experience, research experience, publications, and relevant competencies;
  • Evidence of citizenship status;
  • The name and contact details of three referees.
Shortlisted applicants may be called for interview.

The person

In addition to the documents mentioned above, applicants should meet UQ's admission requirements for PhD at this link: https://graduate-school.uq.edu.au/uq-research-degrees.


Professor Christian Reus-Smit (c.reussmit@uq.edu.au).
Applications close: 
1 November 2017
Before you apply:
  • You are encouraged to read the definitive rules for this scholarship prior to application, in particular any specific eligibility conditions and check the FAQs if you have any questions.