Specialist Research Area The Vandal Renaissance: Latin Literature in Post-Roman Africa (435-534CE) $28,854 p.a (full-time)

The Biblical and Early Christian Studies (BECS) Program of the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at ACU in Melbourne invites applications for one (1) competitive PhD scholarship in connection with the Australian Research Council funded project The Vandal Renaissance: Latin Literature in Post-Roman Africa (435-534CE). ACU is a partner organisation to this project, which is based at the University of Sydney. The project has four chief investigators: Assoc. Prof. Paul Roche (Sydney), Prof. Richard Miles (Sydney), Dr Anne Rogerson (Sydney), and Dr Michael Hanaghan (ACU).

The project aims to investigate the Latin literature of the Vandal kingdom of North Africa. It expects to identify a vibrant literary culture that celebrated multicultural diversity, embraced the Classical tradition, and contributed to Christian theology, while helping form a distinct Vandal identity. Expected outcomes include a more detailed understanding of the intellectual influences on Vandal African authors, the mechanics of Vandal court patronage, and the breadth of these authors' contribution to the history of Latin literature.

The PhD thesis will constitute a ‘deepdive’ into one of the texts of the project, (Dracontius, Luxorius, Corippus, Victor of Vita, Quodvultdeus, Fulgentius of Ruspe, Fulgentius the Mythographer, selections from the Anthologia Latina, or any other Latin literature produced in Vandal North Africa between 435-534CE). It may take the form of a full-scale edition with commentary or an exploration into the relationship of the text to classical literature and contemporary contexts.
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About the Biblical and Early Christian Studies (BECS) Program of the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry

ACU’s BECS 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 BECS program are fully immersed in the intellectual life of the program, work closely with supervisors, draw extensively on the talents of the BECS team, participate in the program’s seminars, workshops, and special lectures, contribute to our international collaborations, and pursue research opportunities with our domestic and international partners. Learn more about our research interests, publications and activities online here.
PhD Eligibility criteria
The eligibility criteria for the PhD at ACU can be found in the Higher Degree Research Regulations
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.
Value and duration

The successful applicant will be awarded:

  •  An Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship ( or an ACU Stipend Scholarship of A$28,854 per annum (tax-free, indexed, full-time rate) 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; plus
  •  Overseas Student Health Care Policy (Single) for international candidates

The University may also offer a RTP Allowance (relocation) to assist with relocation from an overseas country to Australia for the purposes of commencing an ACU HDR program. Refer to the RTP Policy for details

Application closes

11:59pm (AEST) Monday 1 August 2022
As part of the application process, candidates may be invited to a virtual interview.

Application instructions:

Step 1. Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Michael Hanaghan (michael.hanaghan@acu.edu.au), to discuss their application and proposed projects in connection to the key aims of the ‘The Vandal Renaissance’ project.

Step 2.  To be considered for this scholarship opportunity, applicants must submit all documentation required for an application to the PhD program at ACU, as detailed in the ‘How to Apply’ instructions on the ACU Research Web Page, plus:

  • a 1-2 page cover letter outlining their proposed text(s) and research questions and methodology.
  • a 1 page curriculum vitae detailing how they meet the eligibility criteria.

For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au, with the subject line “PhD Stipend Scholarship: specialist research area: Biblical and Early Christian Studies ‘The Vandal Renaissance’.”

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