Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences

Our areas of research include: gender and women's history; histories of refugees, migration and humanitarian studies; European empires and Global world histories; colonial and comparative Indigenous histories; social and political change; 
political economy; and literature.

Our people

Our global team of scholars are experts in the fields of history, politics, sociology, and literature.

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Higher degree research

IHSS welcomes applications to the PhD and MPhil programs from prospective domestic and international candidates whose research interests align with the research strengths of our academic staff. Applications are accepted year round and scholarships are available.

Application deadline for general-round stipend scholarships is 11.59pm 23 April 2023 AEST:

We strongly encourage applicants to seek out a suitable supervisor and suggest visiting Our People.

For further information, please click on the link below.

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Research Centre for Refugees, Migration and Humanitarian Studies

The Research Centre for Refugees, Migration, and Humanitarian Studies explores the experiences of refugees across the world.

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Research Centre for Social and Political Change

The Research Centre for Social and Political Change explores realignments of power and how to theorise them.

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Gender and Women’s History Research Centre

Gender and Women’s History Research Centre explores the experience of a diverse array of individuals in times past.

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Level 3, 250 Victoria Parade
East Melbourne, Victoria, 3002

Mailing address

115 Victoria Parade
Fitzroy, Victoria, 3065