Two PhD top-up scholarships are now available

 
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An opportunity is available at the University of Melbourne for a research student in anthropology associated with a multidisciplinary ARC Linkage Project ‘Using museums to counter racism and increase acceptance of diversity among young people’. Chief investigators on the project are Associate Professor Yin Paradies (Deakin), Dr Naomi Priest (Melbourne), Dr Emma Kowal (Melbourne), Associate Professor Margaret Kelaher (Melbourne), and Professor Fethi Mansouri (Deakin). This project aims to: 1) gain a broad and representative understanding of the attitudes, beliefs and behaviours of Victorian high school students and their teachers in relation to racism, diversity and identity; 2) develop and implement museum-related programs for secondary school students and teachers that reduce racism and increase acceptance of diversity; and 3) assess the effectiveness, appropriateness and acceptability of the Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours (IYMO) Museum Victoria exhibition and associated programs in reducing racism and increasing acceptance of diversity among secondary students and teachers, together with recommendations for improving the educative potential of the exhibition.
 
A top-up scholarship of $8000 p.a. is available for a PhD student who can secure a primary scholarship (e.g. Australian Postgraduate Award) for full time study at The University of Melbourne. To receive a primary scholarship candidates should have a good honours or masters degree in anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, or other relevant discipline. Relevant work experience or publications are also taken into consideration in awarding primary scholarships. The top-up scholarship is renewable for the duration of the primary scholarship, subject to an annual review of research progress. Additional funding will also be available to support fieldwork and conference travel. The candidacy would commence in early 2013.
 
The PhD research project would involve ethnographic research at Museum Victoria and/or at selected schools in the greater Melbourne area. The precise scope and research questions would be developed by the student, but are likely to focus on attitudes towards racism, diversity and identity within the chosen fieldsite/s and to critically evaluate various attempts to influence such attitudes.
 
The PhD would be based in the Discipline of Anthropology, School of Social and Political Science, Faculty of Arts with Dr Emma Kowal as the primary supervisor and Dr Naomi Priest as co-supervisor. There may be also opportunities for co-supervisors from other relevant disciplines as well as part-time research assistant work associated with the ARC project.
 
To express interest or for more information, email: e.kowal@unimelb.edu.au
For information on the PhD program, see:
 
Note: The 2012 rate for a stipend is $23,728 p.a. ($31,728 with top-up).
 
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A PhD opportunity is available at the University of Melbourne for a project related to biology, culture and difference. A top-up scholarship of $8000 p.a. is available for a PhD student who can secure a primary scholarship (e.g. Australian Postgraduate Award) for full time study at The University of Melbourne. To receive a primary scholarship candidates should have a good Honours or Masters degree in anthropology, sociology, history, cultural studies, Indigenous studies, history and philosophy of science, bioethics, or other relevant discipline. Relevant work experience or publications are also taken into consideration in awarding primary scholarships. The top-up scholarship is renewable for three years, subject to successful progression of the candidacy. Additional funding will also be available to support fieldwork and conference travel. The candidacy would commence in early 2013.
The precise scope and research questions would be developed by the student, but would contribute to social science or humanities scholarship on biological difference. Possible topics for a PhD research project could include: ethnography of scientists and/or Indigenous communities who have participated in biomedical or scientific research; histories of human biological research in Australia (e.g. 20th century scientific expeditions); ethical issues associated with contemporary biobanks in ethnically ‘diverse’ contexts; politics of genetic ancestry testing; modes of racialised personhood in the postgenomic age; the ‘re-biologisation’ of race; other relevant topics. The project would broadly relate to Dr Emma Kowal’s ARC Project “From scientific specimen to Indigenous cultural property: The collection and use of Indigenous DNA samples since the 1960s”, a transdisciplinary study that investigates the provenance and use of Indigenous biospecimen collections held in Australia.
 
Some background in science or medical anthropology is desirable but not essential. The PhD would be based in the Discipline of Anthropology, School of Social and Political Science, and supervised by Dr Emma Kowal, with co-supervision in relevant disciplines (e.g. history, bioethics, cultural studies, history and philosophy of science) arranged as appropriate. Part-time research assistant work may also be available.
  
Applications from Australian permanent residents close October 1st 2012. (Applications from international students welcome but must be received by August 15th 2012.) To express interest and for more information about the application process, contact e.kowal@unimelb.edu.au
 
For information on the PhD program, see:
 
Note: The 2012 rate for a stipend is $23,728 p.a. ($31,728 with top-up).
 
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