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Research School of Humanities and the Arts (RSHA) Director’s PhD award


The Research School of Humanities and the Arts (RSHA) at the Australian National University is offering 2 RSHA Director’s PhD awards for 2018 to support two candidates in the Interdisciplinary and Cross Cultural Research (ICCR) graduate programme.

The two awards will be shared between the RSHA’s Centre for Digital Humanities Research (CDHR) and the Humanities Research Centre (HRC).

The ICCR graduate program offers students a unique interdisciplinary program to explore new modes of research, as well as use traditional scholarly methods, to provide innovative insights into the different ways that cross-cultural relations, histories and public and applied humanities are constructed and represented. As a scholarship recipient you will be encouraged to adopt an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective in your research.

We offer expert supervision within and across a range of disciplinary boundaries. Supervisory coordination will be provided by academic staff from CDHR and the HRC.

Application periods

Applications are received from Tuesday, 12 June 2018 to Wednesday, 12 September 2018 (closes).

Who can apply?

To be eligible for consideration, scholarship applicants must:

  • hold an Honours degree at H1 level, or equivalent prior studies, such as a Master’s degree that includes a significant research component in an appropriate disciplinary area.
  • Be enrolling in the Doctor of Philosophy, Research School of the Humanities and the Arts
  • meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students ANU English Language Policy


To be considered for this scholarship you need to supply the following:

  • Research proposal of 5-10 pages
  • Latest CV
  • Two referee reports (Submitted as part of PhD Admission application)
  • Writing sample

In writing your research proposal you should consider:

  • The field of research or topic of investigation
  • Your primary research objective or central research question to address
  • The value of your research and the contribution it will make to your field
  • The context and background of your research
  • Your research strategy and methods

What should I include in my thesis proposal?

  1. Title: A precise and informative description of the project. Avoid acronyms and phrases such as "A study of . . ."
  2. Abstract: A summary of the proposed research (approx 300 words) that includes the key research question or hypothesis, the rationale for the research, and the method to be employed in the study
  3. Aims & significance: A clearly focused statement of the overall purpose of the proposed research (i.e., why is it important?)
  4. Research questions and/or hypotheses: the questions that the proposed research will address and/or the hypotheses that will be tested
  5. Literature review: A preliminary review of the key research that has already been carried out in the field and identification of the gaps in the literature that the proposed research aims to fill
  6. Methodology: An explanation of what type of data will be required to answer the research questions or test the hypotheses and how the data will be collected and analysed
  7. Timetable: An indication of how the research will be carried out over the duration of a full-time (3 years for PhD, 2 years for MPhil) or part-time (6 years for PhD, 4 years for MPhil) candidature
  8. Resources: An indication of the funding that will be required over the course of the candidature (e.g., for fieldwork) as well any special materials or training that may be necessary for the successful completion of the project
  9. Institutional fit: A statement on why CASS is an appropriate 'home' for the project and an indication of potential supervisors/advisors
  10. Bibliography: A list of references cited in or relevant to the proposal

Conditions of Award

Download the Conditions of Award (PDF 192KB)

How to apply

  1. Determine whether you meet the eligibility criteria listed above and in the Conditions of Award
  2. To apply for the RSHA Director’s PhD Award please fill out the application form below
  3. Submit an application to the Doctor of Philosophy, Research School of Humanities and the Arts, Sir Roland Wilson Building, ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences, The Australian National University, 120 McCoy Circuit, Acton ACT 2601


Kate Bowan
ICCR Convenor
T +61 2 6125 4251

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