Social Cohesion and Resilience through Intercultural Music Engagement

Social Cohesion and Resilience through Intercultural Music Engagement

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Opening Date

01 Jan 2020 12am AEDT 

Closing Date

02 May 2020 12am AEST 

Scholarship available to



Australia comprises peoples from more than 270 ancestries, and there is a need for intercultural understanding between established Australian communities and recent migrant, refugee and asylum seeker communities. Music is a powerful stimulus for wellbeing and interpersonal connection and is increasingly applied to promote intercultural understanding and social cohesion. Yet there is little understanding of the social and psychological processes by which music has such effects in intercultural contexts. The aim of this Project is to investigate the psychosocial impact and psychological underpinnings of music when used in multicultural societies to address social cohesion (involves belonging, inclusion, participation, recognition and legitimacy) and community resilience (the ability to cope with internal and external stresses imposed upon communities.

Prospective candidates will be encouraged to design their own project methods and goals on the broad topic area.


This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake a direct entry 3-year PhD program commencing in 2020.

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.

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 $28,092 per annum (2020 rate, tax exempt).

Contact Details

Name: Bill Thompson
Phone: 02 9929 8178

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