Higher Degree Research Program

Applications to the PhD and MPhil are now open for domestic and international Higher Degree Research candidates with intended research topics in one of IHSS's areas of expertise: gender and women's history, refugees, migration and humanitarian studies, social and political change, British empire and Atlantic world history, Australian colonialism and Indigenous history, political economy, literary studies and who wish to commence their studies in 2021.

Successful applicants will be fully immersed in the intellectual life of the Institute, at ACU’s St. Patrick’s Campus in Fitzroy, Melbourne, participating in seminars, conferences, and reading groups, and working collaboratively with our team of world-class scholars on the cutting edge of history, politics and literature.

Successful applicants are eligible for financial support through one of the University’s competitive research scholarships. Financial support includes a stipend scholarship, a fees-offset scholarship or a tuition fee waiver (as appropriate). Full details are found in the University’s research scholarships website.

At ACU the PhD is a three year degree, while the MPhil is a two year degree. A PhD Thesis must make an original contribution to the field, whereas an MPhil Thesis is required to display mastery of its field.  For more information about HDR/graduate degrees at ACU, consult the following links:

Before you apply:

Prior to submitting your application you should review:

How to Apply:

Applicants must follow the instructions on the ACU Become a Research Candidate Page and submit their completed application by 11:59pm Sunday 18th October 2020 (AEDT).

Further information

 For further information please contact Candidature Services on res.cand@acu.edu.au


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