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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: 28 February 2023

Scholarship duration: Three and a half years

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

Eligibility: Domestic candidates (Australian or New Zealand citizens or an Australian permanent resident in Australia) holding a Bachelor degree with First Class Honours (or regarded by the University as having an equivalent level of attainment )

Application documents: (1) PhD proposal (up to 3 pages) outlining clearly the topic and its relevance, research question(s), theories or theoretical framework and methods (unless it is a purely theoretical project); (2) CV, (3) letter of recommendation, (4) writing sample of published or unpublished work (e.g. thesis, essay, journal article).

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 Asenbaum, Prof 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, and participatory research methods. Projects in democratic theory and/or using qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods, as well as multidisciplinary projects are welcome.

The scholarship will be awarded through a merit-based selection process. To apply, send your complete application documents to

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