The Jeanie Bell USC PhD Scholarship, 2021-2024 - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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The Jeanie Bell USC PhD Scholarship, 2021-2024

Currently accepting applications. Closes on 26 November 2021.

Scholarship name Jeanie Bell USC PhD scholarship
Open to Domestic and International (onshore) students
Program PhD
Study area Education
Scholarship Inclusions

The scholarship will be for up to three years’ full-time study for the PhD, with a stipend of $28,597 per annum (2021 rate), indexed annually. It is likely to be tax exempt, subject to Taxation Office approval. If the successful candidate is an international student, they will have access to a USC Tuition Fee Offset scholarship and OSHC.

The successful candidate will be eligible to receive research support funding from the grant of up to $4,000 during their study in addition to being able to apply for other University of the Sunshine Coast HDR funds for which postgraduate students are eligible. Details of other terms and benefits can be found at Conditions for Award.

Commencement Ideally, the candidate will commence their studies in Sept/Oct 2021 but a later start (before December) may be able to be negotiated (particularly for interstate candidates).

The purpose of this Jeanie Bell USC PhD scholarship is to support a transcultural student (migrant, refugee, culturally diverse or international student) or an Indigenous student to complete a doctoral study to be located on the Sunshine Coast in the broad area of transcultural knowledge creation as part of a larger ARC grant project on Implementing Indigenous and transcultural knowledge approaches in Australian doctoral education. The global South will be prioritised.

The larger project aims to apply Indigenous knowledge approaches (agency of Country; power of stories and iterative, intergenerational and intercultural knowledge production) to Australian doctoral education. This project expects to generate new knowledge in the area of Indigenous and transcultural doctoral education. Applicants who have migrant and/or refugee and/or other culturally and linguistically diverse status from the global South or are Indigenous are strongly encouraged to apply.

While there is no specific project topic, students are encouraged to propose a topic within the broad area of education and inclusive knowledge production. Students will be supported in developing their own specific topic within the remit of the larger project.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate should demonstrate 

  • Highly developed levels of cultural competency
  • Respect for all First Nations and transcultural communities, cultures and peoples
  • Strong work ethic
  • Self-motivated and self-directed individual
  • Passion for research for, with and by First Nations and transcultural peoples and communities

All enquiries should be directed via email to the Chief Investigator, Prof. Catherine Manathunga, School of Education and Tertiary Access.

Information about Jeanie Bell

Jeanie Bell is a Yagera and Dulingbara woman from south-east Queensland who is a linguist and educator. Jeanie has made an extraordinary contribution to the development of Aboriginal education in the tertiary sector and to the preservation of Aboriginal languages. Her research has included work on historical dictionaries of the Kabi Kabi and Badtjala languages.

  • Applicants who have migrant and/or refugee and/or other culturally and linguistically diverse status from the global South or who are Indigenous are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia, citizens of New Zealand, permanent humanitarian visa holders or international student visa holders in Australia at the time of application.
  • Applicants for the PhD will have a minimum of a First Class Honours or equivalent in Education, History, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education or Comparative and Cross-cultural Education (or other relevant discipline) 
  • Must be acceptable as candidates for a PhD by Research degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
  • Not have an equivalent qualification to the one for which they are currently applying
Selection criteria
  • Undergraduate degree
  • Research training degree (First Class Honours or equivalent)
  • Research publications
  • Professional research experience

Step 1 - Prior to submitting your application

  • As part of the application process, candidates are required to provide a research proposal, detailing in a preliminary way a research question and approach that falls within the scope of the larger project.
  • Candidates should contact Catherine Manathunga in advance via email to confirm the suitability of their proposal for the project. We especially welcome proposals on topics relating to Indigenous and/or transcultural knowledge systems, histories, geographies, languages and cultural practices.

Step 2 - Formal application (only if you have been invited to apply)

  • Read the important information on the HDR Applicants and Applying for a USC Research Scholarship pages.
  • Submit your application
    *scholarship offer is subject to applicant meeting the eligibility requirements for entry into a higher degree by research program at USC.