Transgender Australians: The History of an Identity Scholarship

About this scholarship

Australian Catholic University is offering one full-time 3 year PhD scholarship to undertake research as part of the Australian Research Council-funded project ‘Transgender Australians: The History of an Identity’. This project aims to produce a history that traces the emergence of transgender identities in Australia since the early twentieth century. Applicants need to have an appropriate undergraduate Honours or Masters degree in history, Australian studies, gender studies or sexuality studies. We invite PhD applicants to submit a proposal that falls under the remit of this project, looking at a specifically focused aspect of research.

Australian Catholic University, School of Arts, Melbourne

History at ACU was judged 'world-class' in the most recent 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) review. Our historians undertake leading edge academic research as well as making significant contributions to important public debates. Our scholars have diverse research interests in social, cultural and political history, but pay special attention to issues of social justice connected to sexuality, gender, race, class and young people.

Research scholarship: Transgender Australians: The History of an Identity

There is one full-time 3 year scholarship available for a PhD, to undertake research related to the ARC-funded project ‘Transgender Australians: The History of an Identity’. This project aims to produce a history that traces the emergence of transgender identities in Australia since the early twentieth century. Using oral histories, archives and media, the project intends to analyse shifting medical, legal, cultural and popular discourses about what it means to be transgender, as well as study how evolving societal attitudes have affected the lives of gender diverse people. By revealing transgender people’s untold histories, the goal of the project is to explore the ways gender diverse Australians have confronted both internal and external struggles to express their identities amidst changing social norms. The outcomes are anticipated to inform current debates about transgender rights, healthcare provision and social inclusion.

In addition to the application documentation, we invite PhD applicants to submit a cover letter no more than three pages outlining their interest in the specific topic area proposal that falls under the remit of this project of 2,500 words in length, outlining the specific area of research, aims, methodology, feasibility, timeline, and a preliminary survey of sources. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the project leader to discuss ideas before preparing a proposal.

We especially encourage applications from Trans and gender diverse candidates.

The project team is led by Associate Professor Noah Riseman and also includes Dr Fintan Harte of the Australian and New Zealand Professional Association for Transgender Health. The successful candidate will be located in Melbourne.

Application dates

Open Date: Thursday 28 February 2019

Close Date: Wednesday 17 April 2019

Value

  • Australian Government Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship for 3 years duration (that is, a tuition fee waiver); and
  • Stipend of $27,082 per annum for 3 years

Application process

This scholarship is open to domestic applicants only. Please visit the ACU Research website and follow the instructions to submit your application.

Please ensure you clearly state that you wish to apply for the Research scholarship: Transgender Australians: The History of an Identity in the scholarship section on the application form.

Applicants must also include:

  • A cover letter of no more than three pages outlining their interest in the specific topic area, and providing evidence of how they meet the scholarship-specific criteria listed above.
  • A copy of their CV.

Applications should be sent direct via post or via email to:

Candidature Services
Student Administration
Locked Bag 4115
MDC Fitzroy VIC 3065
E: res.cand@acu.edu.au

Selection criteria

  • Academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards or grants.
  • Knowledge and research experience in one or more of the following fields: history, Australian studies, gender studies or sexuality studies.
  • Prior oral history or archival research experience and publication of research findings are desirable.
  • Ability to contribute to a team.
  • Excellent time-management and organisational skills.
  • High level verbal and written English proficiency.

Other

Study mode and commencement date

Full-time from 1 July 2019 (Research Term C).

Contact

A/Prof Noah Riseman, Noah.Riseman@acu.edu.au, +61 (3) 9953 3226

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