The Institute for Religion, Politics and Society welcomes enquiries from high-quality research candidates (Honours, Masters, PhD) to undertake projects in our areas of research:

Join our team

Our Institute is a research intensive institution with a global faculty of world-class researchers who provide multiple and diverse strengths and ideas within an internationally renowned collaborative environment.

The Institute provides a dynamic interdisciplinary training ground for aspiring researchers, which includes:

  • leading international academics providing experienced supervision
  • competitive scholarships
  • an intellectual network of international scholars
  • an inclusive intellectual environment with a strong collaborative ethos
  • financial support for professional development
  • state-of-the-art facilities and dedicated administrative support
  • grant and publication writing support

The Institute is seeking prospective higher degree research students of exceptional quality and international ambition to apply for a number of PhD scholarships within our research streams:

Current focus areas

Law, politics and religion

Through our close ties with the Thomas More Law School (TMLS), IRPS is the leading Australian Research Institute in the field of Law and Religion. Exciting opportunities exist to undertake higher degree research in religion and politics, and projects in countering violent extremism.

Civility and citizenship

Research opportunities exist in identification of the major causes and consequences of the erosion of citizenship and the decline of civility. Whilst our primary focus is on contemporary Australia, we draw on international partnerships, including the Centre for Citizenship, Social Pluralism and Religious Diversity founded by our Max Planck Award Winner Professor Bryan S. Turner.

Please contact if you would like to find out more about undertaking a higher degree research project at The Institute for Religion, Politics and Society.


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