PhD Scholarships for First Nations Candidates at Macquarie University: Significances of ‘Childhood’ in Postcolonial Australia

Macquarie University, Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies is advertising for two PhD positions on the research project, ‘Significances of “Childhood” in Postcolonial Australia’ led by Joanne Faulkner.

Closing date: 31 October 2018.

Project Description

Applicants are sought for a Postgraduate (PhD) scholarship attached to an Australian Research Council project on: “The ‘Child’ as a Site of Mediation, Intervention, and Impasse: significances of childhood in postcolonial Australia.”

The project analyses the significance of childhood in Australian cultural history in the context of colonisation. Particularly, the research interest concerns the part that western cultural significances and histories of ‘childhood’ play in mediating settler-Australians’ understandings of how childhood should be experienced, and the effects of this understanding on Aboriginal ways of life and government interventions into Aboriginal communities.

The suitable applicant will have a disciplinary background in cultural studies, philosophy, geography, history, or anthropology, and should be interested in writing a doctoral thesis closely related to one of the following topics:

  • Indigenous ontologies of childhood
  • The place of children in Aboriginal communities, pre- and/or since colonisation
  • The meaning of childhood to contemporary First Nations people
  • Comparative studies of Australian and other colonised Indigenous peoples’ attitudes towards childhood and/or children
  • The impacts of colonisation on Aboriginal peoples’ views of childhood

Other Important Information

Applicants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage will be preferred.

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake a direct entry 3-year PhD program.

The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend. The value and tenure of the scholarship is a “MQRES” full-time stipend rate of $27,082 per annum (in 2018 tax exempt for up to 3 years – indexed annually).


New applicants to Macquarie University will need to complete the Online HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application via the Online Application System and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Further information can be found on the How to Apply page.

Current applicants with a successful candidature offer less than 12 months old and currently enrolled Macquarie University candidates:

  • MUST submit a Scholarship Only Application form with supporting documents to
  • Include any additional documentation/research output
  • MUST indicate the allocation number (2019014; 2019015) under the scholarship details question
  • MUST include ID number and full name in email subject line (in one PDF attachment)

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application.

Contact Name: Joanne Faulkner

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: (02) 9850 2190

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