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2 x PhD scholarships at Monash with Population, Migration & Social Inclusion Focus Program

2 x PhD scholarships at Monash with Population, Migration & Social Inclusion Focus Program


Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts

Department/Unit: School of Social Sciences

Funding:  $26,682 per annum for the RTP Stipend (formerly APA) and up to $7000 for research funding and travel over the course of the candidature.

See, http://www.monash.edu/graduate-research/future-students/support/stipend

Employment type: Three year fixed-term appointment

Work location: Clayton campus

Start date: July 2017 (can be negotiable)

Research environment

Monash is a university of transformation, progress and optimism. Our people are our most valued asset, with our academics among the best in the world and our professional staff revolutionising the way we operate as an organisation. For more information about our University and our exciting future, please visit www.monash.edu

Monash Arts is one of the largest, most diverse and dynamic arts faculties in Australia, with particular strengths in the humanities, performing arts, languages and social sciences. We encourage the development of innovative studies that operate at the intersection of traditional academic disciplines.

The faculty delivers programs via eight schools and across six campuses, both in Australia and offshore, with courses ranging from undergraduate diplomas and degrees through to postgraduate coursework and research degrees. Monash Arts is justly proud of the research capacity of its staff, who work at the cutting edge in their fields and carry this expertise and enthusiasm into their teaching. To learn more about Monash Arts, please visit our website: www.artsonline.monash.edu.au/

The Population, Migration and Social Inclusion Focus Program is an exciting new research-based initiative located in the School of Social Sciences in the Faculty of Arts, promoting and facilitating cross-faculty partnerships within the University. It is constituted by researchers working in the social sciences and other disciplines whose primary goal is to produce high quality research that supports and builds knowledge on issues surrounding migration and migrant settlement, whilst working with government and the civil society sector to improve the lives those crossing borders, create safe migration pathways and support migrant communities. Professor Sharon Pickering and Associate Professor Rebecca Wickes lead this program of research.

Project Description

The Population, Migration and Social Inclusion Focus Program is forging cutting edge research on the short and long term benefits and challenges of increased immigration for social inclusion in regional and urban areas. Three complementary themes bringing together advanced methods and theoretical insights from sociology, criminology and urban studies are at the core of this endeavour:

  • The spatial concentration of immigrant groups and consequences for the economic and social life of urban and regional communities
  • Temporal changes in social relationships, attitudes and social actions in communities experiencing increases in diversity and/or immigrant concentration; and
  • Negotiating settlement in Australia for new arrived immigrants.

PhD projects will take a multi-disciplinary approach and will involve working with government, non-government and industry partners. The successful applicants will work with Rebecca Wickes and other members of the focus group program and will be expected to advance one of the aforementioned key thematic areas. This PhD project is funded with a full, independent scholarship and PhD students will play in important role in advancing migration research at Monash University.


All applicants must be able to demonstrate a capacity to carry out independent research and have adequate training and ability to pursue the proposed course of study. The minimum qualifications for admission to PhD enrolment are:

  • a bachelor’s degree requiring at least four years of full-time study in a relevant field, and which normally includes a research component in the fourth year, leading to an honours 1 or 2A in a relevant field
  • a course leading to a level rated by the relevant department, faculty and committee as equivalent to an honours 1 or 2A in a relevant field
  • a master’s degree that entails work, normally including a significant research component, including at least 25% of one full time equivalent year of work, including a thesis. It is normally expected that a grade of honours 2A has been obtained for the research thesis or project. Where ungraded, examiners’ reports will be taken into account; or
  • have qualifications which in the opinion of the Graduate Research Committee are deemed equivalent.

Knowledge and Skills

As our projects cut across various disciplines, we will consider applicants who have majored in sociology, criminology, social psychology, urban studies, demography, human geography or community development. Preference will be given to students with quantitative experience.

Other related information

Applicants must have a driver’s license and an ability to travel.

Expressions of interest (EOI)

Applications should be sent to Rebecca Wickes at Rebecca.wickes@monash.edu

The documents should comprise:

  • a cover letter that includes a brief statement of the applicant’s suitability for and interest in the position
  • a curriculum vitae, including a list of any published work
  • a statement from the candidate explaining their interest in the field
  • a statement of academic record, supported by scanned copies of relevant certified transcripts and grading systems of each qualifications
  • completed Expression of Interest Form (pdf, 144KB)

Legal compliance

Ensure you are aware of and adhere to legislation and University policy relevant to the duties undertaken, including: Equal Employment Opportunity, supporting equity and fairness; Occupational Health and Safety, supporting a safe workplace; Conflict of Interest (including Conflict of Interest in Research); Paid Outside Work; Privacy; Research Conduct; and Staff/Student Relationships.

Contact for further information

Informal inquiries are strongly encouraged and should be directed to Rebecca Wickes rebecca.wickes@monash.edu

Closing Date

Monday 15 May 2017, 11.55pm AEST

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