Social Constructionism About Race, Deconstructed

Social Constructionism About Race, Deconstructed

Programs Available

MRes Year 2 + PhD 

Reference Number


Opening Date

01 Jun 2019 12am AEST 

Closing Date

15 Nov 2019 11pm AEDT 

Scholarship available to



This ARC-funded project investigates the idea that race is a social construct. Race was once thought to be biologically real, a position which is increasingly rejected by scientists. Now race is commonly believed to be socially constructed, which is often understood as the view that races are real social groups. This project aims to demonstrate that when race is defined socially it loses its conceptual and historical specificity, and its value as a category. Yet we need to be able to refer to the groups that have been misunderstood to be races. This project develops and defends the category of the racialised group as an alternative to one of history’s most dangerous ideas.

This scholarship would ideally suit a student with a strong background in philosophy. However, depending upon the candidate this may not be a mandatory requirement.

The successful candidate will work closely with Dr Hochman on a topic related to the project’s aims, and will have the opportunity to take part in activities associated with the project, such as conferences.

Students from marginalised and minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.


This scholarship is available to eligible domestic candidates to undertake either a MRes Year 2 + PhD (4 years total) or 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.

Scholarship Components

The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend. The value and tenure of the scholarship is a “MQRES” full-time stipend rate of $27,596 per annum (in 2019 tax exempt for up to 3 years - indexed annually).

Contact Details

Name: Dr Adam Hochman
Phone: 9850 8859

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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