Scientia PhD Scholarships

Offering three scholarships with SPRC researchers

The UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme is part of our dedication to harnessing our cutting-edge research to solve complex problems and improve the lives of people in local and global communities. Scientia scholars will have a strong commitment to making a difference in the world with demonstrated potential for contributing to the social engagement and/or global impact pillars of the UNSW 2025 Strategy. The Scientia Scheme is targeted in that applicants will apply to a specific research area with an identified supervisory team and application is by nomination.

  • Work on high quality research projects with the best supervisory teams in world class environments
  • $40k a year stipend for four years
  • Tuition fees covered for the full 4-year period
  • Coaching and mentoring will form a critical part of your highly personalised leadership development plan
  • Up to $10k each year to build your career and support your international research collaborations.

Further details of the scheme are available from the UNSW Scientia Scholarships site.

To learn more about the strategic research areas being offered by SPRC, please browse below.

If you are interested in applying, please contact the Primary Supervisor listed to discuss the opportunity.

The deadline for applicants to contact supervisors and complete the initial application form is 20 July 2018.

UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarships with SPRC primary supervisors

Identity and belonging of Muslim women with disabilities

Primary Supervisor: Professor Karen Fisher
Additional Supervisors: Dr Charlotte Smedley and Dr Ayxem Eli

The Social Policy Research Centre project will research the marginalisation of Muslim women with disabilities and the social justice implications for disability policy in the context of the highly topical UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Topics could relate to the identity and belonging of Muslim women in Australia or elsewhere, and contribute to literature on intersectionality and standpoint feminist theories to explore intersections between religion, ethnicity, disability and gender. Preference is for innovative auto-ethnographic, participatory and online methodologies to address the sensitivities of the topic and enable opportunities for co-production.

Urbanisation and child protection in Asia

Primary Supervisor: Professor Ilan Katz
Additional Supervisors: Associate Professor Xiaoyuan Shang and Associate Professor Bingqin Li

In many cities in Asia, the trend in urbanisation is shifting. China tries to make ‘Megacities’ smaller and more high tech. There is massive slum clearance and dispersion of “low end” rural-urban migrants. Other countries in South and Southeast Asia are aspiring to China’s practices through land reform and slum clearance. This is a new trend showing changing dynamics in the region as it becomes more prosperous. Children are the most vulnerable members of the population yet there needs urgent research on the impact of this trend on children, and how children’s voices are heard in the policy developments. This will feed into a wider program of research related to children in Asia. It will use multiple research methods to explore the issue.

UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarships with SPRC additional supervisors

The Uberisation of care? The gig-economy, gender, migration and care

Primary Supervisor: Professor Louise Chappell
Additional Supervisors: Professor Deborah Brennan and Professor Bronwen Morgan

Marketization, migration and the gig-economy are transforming the provision of care. Many governments are withdrawing from direct service provision, promoting consumer-driven, home-based alternatives such as nannies, au pairs and personal assistants. In Australia, temporary migrants with limited employment rights are increasingly providing such services. This project examines the intersection of temporary migration and reduced employment regulation in the context of the gendered work of care. It investigates how economic changes are transforming care work and the implications of these changes for the rights of care workers and recipients, and considers alternative social enterprise models for better protecting carer’s rights.