Gendered Enterprise: A History of Australian Businesswomen since 1880

Gendered Enterprise: A History of Australian Businesswomen since 1880

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Opening Date

01 Aug 2019 12am AEST 

Closing Date

22 Nov 2019 12am AEDT 

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Applicants are sought for a Postgraduate (PhD) scholarship attached to an Australian Research Council project, “Gendered Enterprise: A History of Australian Businesswomen since 1880”, being undertaken by Dr Catherine Bishop.

This project aims to produce the first substantive history of Australian female small business owners since 1880. It introduces new methodologies and directions to business and feminist history and engages in global conversations about historical female entrepreneurship. It will provide new knowledge about the gendered nature of economic, legal and networking structures and how they have impeded or supported female participation in small business by tracing representations of businesswomen over time. It explores broader, socially-embedded and historically-informed understandings of how gender has operated in business, making valuable contributions to current debates about gender, diversity and small business.

The suitable applicant will have a disciplinary background in history, or related discipline and should be interested in writing a doctoral thesis related to issues of gender and business in twentieth century Australia. Topics that may be relevant include but are not limited to those that relate to the experiences of women in business in a specific cultural group (for which facility in a language other than English would be an advantage), or to businesswomen’s experiences in a particular type of business or industry.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to take part in activities associated with the Centre for Workforce Futures in the Macquarie Business School, where the project is located, as well as connecting with scholars in the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations and Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies. The successful applicant will also be linked to an international network of historians of women in business and have the opportunity to attend workshops and conferences.

For further information or to discuss potential topics, please contact Catherine Bishop (see details below).

We encourage you to apply for this scholarship as soon as possible prior to the scholarship deadline. Applications will be assessed as they are received.

Department: Centre for Workforce Futures, Macquarie Business School


This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake a direct entry 3-year PhD program.

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity at a minimum level of a first-class Honours research degree or Master of Research, in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

If in doubt about your eligibility, please contact Catherine Bishop (see details below).

Scholarship Components

The scholarship is comprised of the Tuition Fee Offset and a Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) Living Allowance/Stipend.

The stipend component of the scholarship is currently valued at AUD $27,596 per annum (2019 rate, tax exempt). The scholarship has been approved for a maximum of 3 years.

Contact Details

Name: Catherine Bishop

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