The Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) Program of the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at ACU in Melbourne invites applications for competitive PhD scholarships in connection with its new research project ‘Religious Mobilities: Medieval and Early Modern Europe and the World.

A major new international research collaboration with partners in Leuven, London, Princeton, Stanford, and Toronto, ‘Religious Mobilities’ seeks to investigate the multiple and intersecting roles that religion has played in relation to mobility in this critical period for the formation of a globalised world.

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Study mode and location

Full-time for three (3) years based at the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry Melbourne Campus, commencing as soon as possible.

For Domestic applicants: these scholarships are for commencement as soon as possible.

For International applicants: these scholarships are for onshore commencement though temporary offshore commencement may be possible in certain circumstances (refer to 'If you receive an offer’ for further information).

Value and duration

Successful applicants will be awarded:

  • An Australian Government Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship of A$29,863 (tax-free, indexed, full-time rate) or an ACU Stipend Scholarship of A$29,863 tax-free, indexed, full-time rate). Both stipend values are per annum for three (3) years subject to satisfactory progress; plus
  • A Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship; that is, a tuition fee waiver for three (3) years for domestic candidates or an ACU tuition fee waiver for three (3) years for international candidates.
  • A single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) policy for international candidates.
About Australian Catholic University

ACU is a world-leading research university in our priority areas of education, health, theology and philosophy and other liberal arts. Research excellence at ACU is aligned with our mission and identity as a Catholic university and attracts leading experts, students and collaborators from across the globe. Ranked in the top 300 universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World Universities Rankings 2021), ACU was rated above or well above world standard across twelve fields of research in the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment.

About the Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) Program

ACU’s MEMS program is a dynamic, supportive, internationally engaged research community based at ACU’s Melbourne Campus, with activities also on ACU’s Rome Campus. PhD candidates in ACU’s MEMS program are fully immersed in the intellectual life of the program, work closely with supervisors, draw extensively on the talents of the MEMS team, participate in the program’s seminars, workshops, and special lectures, contribute to our international collaborations, and pursue research opportunities with our international partners and in relevant archives.

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PhD eligibility criteria

The eligibility criteria for the PhD at ACU can be found in the Higher Degree Research Regulations.

How to apply

Applications are currently open until the ideal candidate is found. Closing date TBC. 

Applicants are encouraged to contact the MEMS director, Prof. Megan Cassidy-Welch (, to discuss their application and proposed projects in connection to the key aims of the ‘Religious Mobilities’ project.

To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must submit all documentation required for an application to the PhD program at ACU, as detailed in the ‘How to Apply’ instructions.

As part of the application process, candidates may be invited to a virtual interview.


For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on, with the subject line “PhD Stipend Scholarships: specialist research area: Medieval and Early Modern Studies ‘Religious Mobilities’ ”.

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