PhD Scholarships in Historical Studies

Monash University Faculty of Arts


PhD Scholarships in Historical Studies/ Indigenous Studies – ARC Laureate Program Global Encounters and First Nations Peoples (2 positions)

Job No.: 618791

Location: Clayton campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 3-year and 3-month fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: The successful applicant will receive a Faculty of Arts Research Living Allowance, at current value of $29,500 per annum 2021 full-time rate (tax-free stipend), indexed plus allowances as per RTP stipend scholarship conditions at: Faculty will provide the tuition fee scholarship and Single Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) for a successful international awardee.

The Opportunity

These PhD scholarships are funded as an important part of an ARC Laureate project Global Encounters and First Nations Peoples: 1000 years of Australian History, conducted by Professor Lynette Russell AM.

The Global Encounters & First Nations People: 1000 Years of Australian History project radically shifts Australia’s historical awareness by concentrating on the dynamic history of encounter between First Nations peoples and ‘outsiders’ over the millennium. Drawing on rich European and Southeast Asian archives comprised over 400 years of records, it will offer an important counter narrative on multiple sites of interaction. With a methodology designed to profile Indigenous agency, the project will demonstrate how ‘salt-water people' responded to intrusions into their territory from sea voyagers from Europe and Southeast Asia. The eighteenth-century British arrival will be placed into context of a global tradition of dynamic interaction and transaction with a deep history of at least 1000 years. More information on the project is available at

Suggested PhD topics include:

  • How the ‘discovery’, locating and mapping of Australia was received in Europe and beyond?
  • Consideration of shipwrecks and museum collections and what these may tell us about reframing the contact history of Australia.
  • What were the early impacts of outsider visitors to Australian Indigenous peoples.
  • How can we use oral or non-traditional histories, and Indigenous knowledge systems to shape the narrative of Australian history?

The successful applicant will join the research team and contribute to the wider project but will also undertake their own distinct PhD project. The details of the PhD project are open to negotiation.

Undertaking this PhD as part of a larger project has several advantages. First, the successful candidate will be integrated into an already successful research agenda that has been funded by the Australian Research Council, and will have access to funding to support fieldwork, transcription, travel, and conference attendance. Second, the candidate will benefit from expert supervision from research leaders, and from entering a PhD with a pre-existing structure. Finally, the candidate will benefit from being part of outcomes from the research, which may include co-authored publications (where the candidate’s contributions will be recognised through co-authorship), funded symposia, school-engagement exercises, and future grant applications.

Monash University is the largest university in Australia and regularly ranks in the top 100 universities worldwide. Monash has six globally networked campuses and international alliances in Europe and Asia. The applicant will be based at the Clayton campus in Melbourne. Indigenous Studies at Monash is vibrant and interdisciplinary, including research expertise across the Humanities including archaeology, anthropology, and history. We have a strong and supportive research culture, led by internationally-recognised scholars successful in attracting national and international competitive funding.

Candidate Requirements

Ideally the candidates will have an excellent academic track record. Historical archive, Linguistic and anthropology skills would be useful. Competence in both quantitative and qualitative research methods is desirable. Applicants will be considered provided that they fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University which includes English language Proficiency skills. Details of eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD in the Faculty of Arts are available at

Scholarship holders must be enrolled full-time and on campus. Please note: applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered.

The successful applicant will be expected to enrol by September 2021.  However, there may be some flexibility as to the date of commencement.


Professor Lynette Russell, Monash Indigenous Studies Centre,

Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)

EOIs shall comprise:

  • A cover letter that includes a brief statement of the applicant’s suitability
  • A brief research proposal not exceeding 750 words in length that fits within the broad project aims and objectives, and demonstrates some understanding of the area of research
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works, conference presentations and relevant work experience
  • A full statement of academic record, supported by scanned copies of relevant certified documentation
  • Contact details of two academic referees

You may contact Professor Lynette Russell prior to submission of the EOI to discuss the project.

EOIs should be sent, preferably in the form of a single attachment to an email, to Ms Kinda Say, Senior Graduate Research Administrator, Faculty of Arts, at the following email address  State “EOI [your name] - PhD Scholarship in Indigenous Studies – Global Encounters and First Nations Peoples” in the subject heading of the email.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed (over Zoom/Skype if necessary). The interviews will be conducted in English.

Closing Date

Monday, 24th May 2021, 11:55 pm AEST

In your application, please refer to


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