Significances of ‘Childhood’ in Postcolonial Australia

Significances of ‘Childhood’ in Postcolonial Australia

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Opening Date

29 Jun 2018 12am AEST 

Closing Date

31 Mar 2020 11pm AEDT 

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Applicants are sought for two Postgraduate (PhD) scholarships attached to an Australian Research Council project on: “The ‘Child’ as a Site of Mediation, Intervention, and Impasse: significances of childhood in postcolonial Australia.”

The project analyses the significance of childhood in Australian cultural history in the context of colonisation. Particularly, the research concerns the part that western cultural significances and histories of ‘childhood’ play in mediating settler-Australians’ understandings of how childhood should be experienced, and the effects of this understanding on Aboriginal ways of life and government interventions into Aboriginal communities.

The suitable applicants will have a disciplinary background in cultural studies, philosophy, geography, education, history, sociology or anthropology, and should be interested in writing a doctoral thesis closely related to one of the following topics:

  • Indigenous ontologies of childhood
  • The place of children in Aboriginal communities (urban or rural), pre- and/or since colonisation
  • The meaning of childhood to contemporary First Nations people
  • Comparative studies of Australian and other colonised Indigenous peoples’ attitudes towards childhood and/or children
  • The impacts of colonisation on Aboriginal peoples’ views of childhood
  • A topic related to the project to be finalised in correspondence with the supervisor

The successful applicants will have the opportunity to take part in activities associated with the project, such as a joint academic-activist discussion circle and related workshops, and will be connected to a broader network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholars, activities, and resources, through Macquarie University's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student engagement and strategy office Walanga Muru. The applicants will add value to the project through the experiences, relationships and knowledge they will bring to it as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander scholar.

Applicants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage will be preferred.

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: Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies


This scholarships are 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 preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Applicants who do not meet the requirements of the PhD may be considered for enrolment in the Master of Research (MRes) program as a pathway to PhD. If in doubt, please inquire about this to the contact person below.

Scholarship Components

The scholarships are comprised of the Tuition Fee Offset funded by the Research Training Program (RTP) and a Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) Living Allowance/Stipend.

The stipend component of the scholarships is currently valued at AUD $27,596 per annum (2019 rate, tax exempt). Indigenous candidates will also be eligible for a $10,000 top-up stipend/living allowance.

The scholarships has been approved for a maximum of 3 years.

Contact Details

Name: Joanne Faulkner
Phone: (02) 9850 2190

How to Apply

For information on how to apply, select the "How to Apply" button below.

Please note, at the start of your application you should select the scholarship type of "HDR Project/Supervisor Specific Scholarship".

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