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Deliberative Democracy PhD Scholarship

Location: Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra

Scholarship Start: July 2023

Application deadline: 10 April 2023

Scholarship duration: Three and a half years

Stipend rate: $1,153.85 per fortnight plus a relocation allowance to move to Canberra.

Eligibility: To be eligible for the scholarship, an applicant must:

  1. have completed a Bachelor degree with First Class Honours, or be regarded by the University as having an equivalent level of attainment);

  2. be enrolled, or seeking to enrol, as a full-time candidate in a PhD at the University; and

  3. be an Australian or New Zealand citizen; or an Australian permanent resident; or an international student eligible to study in Australia on an international student visa.

Application documents: 

  1. PhD proposal (up to 3 pages) outlining proposed area of research and its connection to Centre’s work,

  2. CV (with academic results),

  3. Names and contact details of 2 academic referees,

  4. Writing sample (chapter or a paper/essay).

Admission application procedure and deadlines: 

  1. To apply, please send your complete application documents to latest by 10 April 2023 (11.59pm AEST).

  2. Successful applicant will be informed latest by 15 April 2023 by the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance.

  3. Successful applicant must submit an Expression of Interest and a HDR Admission Application by 30 April 2023 (11.59pm AEST).

Please see information on How to Apply.

The Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance is a world-leading research institution aiming to transform democracies to become more inclusive, participatory, and sensitive to good reasons. The Deliberative Democracy PhD scholarship is designed for a student to research any topic related to the Centre’s work. Interested applicants should consult the Centre’s website for a sense of the kinds of research undertaken in the Centre, and whether their project might fit:

Potential primary supervisors are Dr Hans AsenbaumProf John Dryzek and Prof Simon Niemeyer. The research topic of PhD projects will fall broadly within the field of deliberative democracy. Possible topics include, but are not limited to democratic transformation, environmental politics, global governance, political communication, identity, inclusion, digital politics, democracy in crisis, deliberative reasoning, deliberative systems, democratic innovations, gender, feminist research, social movements, and participatory research methods. Projects in democratic theory and/or using qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods, as well as multidisciplinary projects are welcome.

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