2017 Scientia PhD Scholarships

As part of the UNSW Strategy 2025, the University is looking to enrol up to 700 new PhD scholars of exceptional quality over the next 10 years under the Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme.

These prestigious scholarships will include a stipend of $40,000 per annum for 4 years and a support package of up to $10,000 per annum to support development activities and international collaboration. Scientia scholars will have a strong commitment to making a difference in the world with potential for contributing to the social engagement and/or global impact pillars of the 2025 Strategy.

Applications for this scholarship program are now closed.

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2017 Arts & Social Sciences priority research areas

Potential Scientia scholars can select from the following priority research areas within UNSW Arts & Social Sciences and corresponding research project. Candidates will be matched with our best researchers in these targeted areas with demonstrated excellence in supervision.

Requirements Before Contacting a Supervisor

If you are interested in being considered for this scheme, please complete the Expression of Interest Form and return it along with your CV to the staff member listed for your area of interest. Please be sure to also cc FASSResearch@unsw.edu.au.

Fundamental and Enabling Sciences - Educational Psychology

A quantitative study of school students to investigate the links between two seminal areas of contemporary educational psychology: (a) academic motivation and engagement and (b) explicit instruction. There has been a great deal of research investigating the links between motivation and engagement and students’ learning and achievement. There has also been significant work into explicit instruction and students’ learning and achievement. However, the link between explicit instruction by the teacher and its effects on students’ motivation and engagement has not been the subject of much investigation. This PhD will explore an integration of these two areas, with particular focus on key aspects of motivation and engagement (e.g., self-efficacy, self-regulation, anxiety etc.) and key dimensions of explicit instruction (e.g., structure, scaffolding, worked examples, deliberate practice etc.).

Please contact Professor Andrew Martin to discuss the scholarship opportunity for this research topic, with a copy to FASS Research.

Contemporary Humanities and Creative Arts - Environmental Humanities

Potential doctoral candidates are able to undertake research in elemental encounters: transnational environmental ideas and settler societies.

This project will recover and explore the environmental ideas and expectations that ordinary settlers brought to New World colonies, and the ways these both shaped and were transformed by elemental encounters with new environments.

Please contact Associate Professor Grace Karskens to discuss the scholarship opportunity for this research topic, with a copy to FASS Research.

Contemporary Humanities and Creative Arts - Australian Studies

Potential doctoral candidates are invited to join an international team in an interdisciplinary study commissions of inquiry that visited nearly every colony in the British Empire between 1819-1838. This project will use corpus linguistics and other digital tools to analyse this transformative moment in British imperial law and governance on a global scale.  

Please contact Associate Professor Lisa Ford to discuss the scholarship opportunity for this research topic, with a copy to FASS Research.

Contemporary Humanities and Creative Arts - Linguistics, Language Learning and Teaching

Potential doctoral candidates are able to undertake research in applied and educational linguistics research into learners and learning of Japanese and other foreign languages from sociocultural perspectives. Topics include Communities of Practice, learner agency, autonomy, and identity.

Please contact Professor Chihiro Thomson to discuss the scholarship opportunity for this research topic, with a copy to FASS Research.

Contemporary Humanities and Creative Arts - English

Potential doctoral candidates are able to undertake research in: Modern Satire. This project will uncover the roots and track the fortunes of the modern satirical current flowing from Swift. It is interested in how satire shadows humanism as its bad conscience and mocking unmasker. We will probe twentieth-century forms in particular for evidence of satire's relation to the capitalist economy, its cycles of boom and bust, and its critical ability to expose underlying injustice

Please contact Professor Julian Murphet to discuss the scholarship opportunity for this research topic, with a copy to FASS Research.

Contemporary Humanities and Creative Arts - Media

Potential doctoral candidates are able to undertake research in: Multimodal discourse analysis and intersemiosis: This project uses multimodal discourse analysis of contemporary media and communication, to elucidate how visual, verbal, digital, aural and/or spatial resources combine intersemiotically to produce effective and coherent texts.

Please contact Associate Professor Louise Ravelli to discuss the scholarship opportunity for this research topic, with a copy to FASS Research.

Social Policy, Government and Health Policy - Biopolitical Studies

Potential doctoral candidates are able to undertake research in: Public Reason: on an overlap between analytic and continental political philosophy, with reference to Rawls and post-Rawlsian political liberalism and the work of Foucault and/or Derrida.

Please contact Professor Paul Patton to discuss the scholarship opportunity for this research topic, with a copy to FASS Research.

Social Policy - Government and Health Policy Development Studies

Potential doctoral candidates are able to undertake research in: Vernacular Urbanism in Asia/Africa.  Most people living in urban environments in Asia and Africa live in small cities (less than 500k).  Whether rapidly growing or gradually declining, these urban areas reveal dynamics of migration, labour, investment, and the politics of space and place.  Comparative and stand-alone research from interdisciplinary scholars is invited. 

Please contact Professor Duncan McDuie-Ra to discuss the scholarship opportunity for this research topic, with a copy to FASS Research.

Knowledge Exchange - Social Policy, Government and Health Policy - Social and Educational Inclusion and Disability

Interdisciplinary - Water, Climate, Environment and Sustainability - Climate Justice - Environment and Society

The PhD topic is open within the area of climate justice. Moral issues associated with (but not limited to) the following topics are welcome:

· Responsibility and climate harms

· Innovative solutions to climate challenges

· Emissions budgets

· Resources and rights

· Emissions trading

· Ethics and climate transitions

· Non state actors and climate change

Applications that draw on disciplines in addition to philosophy are encouraged to apply.

Please contact Professor Jeremy Moss to discuss the scholarship opportunity for this research topic, with a copy to FASS Research.

Knowledge Exchange - Social Policy, Government and Health Policy - Critical Issues in Social Wellbeing and Public Policy

Indigenous - Decolonisation and Identity

Currently there are many debates regarding Aboriginal identity and the confirmation of Aboriginality. Using an Indigenous methodology, the research will explore a decolonising alternative form of identification and confirmation of Aboriginally.

Please contact Associate Professor Susan Green to discuss the scholarship opportunity for this research topic, with a copy to FASS Research