Are you interested in studying rapidly changing Indian cities? Would you like to explore the lives of migrant workers who build and maintain cities and their relationships to the urban environment? How do urban planning and real estate developments reshape migrant lives? Do they redefine relationships with essential resources like water and air?

Western Sydney University is seeking a dynamic doctoral candidate eager to undertake the rigors of ethnographic fieldwork and dissertation writing. The scholar should be interested in addressing contemporary debates in urban anthropology, informal economies and environment.

The candidate will be based in the Institute for Culture and Society. Located in Parramatta, Australia, at Western Sydney University, the Institute researches transformations in culture and society in the context of contemporary global change. The candidate will have a dual affiliation with Institute for Culture and Society's Globalization and Diversity cluster and Western Sydney University's new program in anthropologyDoctor Malini Sur will supervise the scholar.

What does the Scholarship provide?

  • Domestic candidates will receive a tax-free stipend of $30,000 per annum for up to 3 years to support living costs, supported by the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset.
  • International candidates will receive a tax-free stipend of $30,000 per annum to support living costs. Those with a strong record will be eligible for a tuition fee waiver.
  • All international candidates are required to hold an Overseas Student Health Care (OSHC) policy covering the duration of their studies in Australia, and the Institute for Culture and Society will cover the cost of this insurance (single policy only).
  • Support for conference attendance, fieldwork and additional costs as approved by the Institute for Culture and Society.

Eligibility Criteria 

We welcome applicants from a range of backgrounds, who are interested in urban anthropology. In particular, the project is suitable for candidates with strong interests in informal work, migration and cities. The successful applicant should:

  • hold qualifications and experience equal to one of the following (i) an Australian Bachelor (Honours) degree, (ii) coursework Masters with at least 25% research component, (iii) Research Masters degree, or (iv) equivalent overseas qualifications, in the fields of anthropology, sociology and social sciences.
  • demonstrate strong academic performance in subjects relevant to urban anthropology, ethnography and informal work.
  • have an understanding of the importance of current debates on urban and environmental transformations.
  • be enthusiastic and highly motivated to undertake rigorous fieldwork and have high proficiency in the languages required for fieldwork.

International applicants must also demonstrate English language proficiency.

Application Process 

Expression of Interest

 1. Contact Doctor Malini Sur (m.sur@westernsydney.edu.au) to discuss your eligibility, the project requirements and your intention to apply.

2. Submit an expression of interest that includes a 1,000-word research proposal, a 100-word statement on how the project relates to Institute of Culture and Society's Diversity and Globalization cluster, a one-page resume listing degrees, publications and fieldwork experience, and a writing sample. This must be submitted by 10 October 2018 to Doctor Malini Sur (m.sur@westernsydney.edu.au) using the subject line: Scholarship Application.

Application

1. Complete the scholarship application form (PDF, 222.11 KB).

2. Compile your CV, contact information for two referees and a one-page proposal stating how your research interests align with the project aims.

3. Ensure all documentation is certified according to Western Sydney University requirements.

4. All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted directly to the Graduate Research School as follows:

  • Use the email subject line: Application_2018_126_ICS
  • Submit to grs.scholarships@westernsydney.edu.au
  • All attached documents must be submitted as PDF.
  • In the body of your email, include your full name, your student ID (if you are a current or previous Western Sydney University student) and the full title of the scholarship.

Incomplete applications or applications that do not conform to the above requirements will not be considered.

Please contact the Graduate Research School via email at grs.scholarships@westernsydney.edu.au for more information.

Applications Close 11 November 2018, at 11:59pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).