ARC Scholarship

We are looking for an Indigenous scholar to work on an innovative PhD or MA project at UNSW’s Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit and the Centre for Social Research in Health

The project ‘What we do well: Stories of love, sex and relationships’

Aboriginal young people experience a disproportionate burden of sexually transmitted infections compared to other young Australians. Many of the institutional response to this have emphasised risk behaviours, focussing on young people’s deficits – their problems and what they do wrong in their sexual relationships. This project represents a departure from this approach. It will use qualitative research methods to identify the positive actions Aboriginal young people take to build sexual well-being, and describe the social, cultural and personal strengths and resources that they draw on to do so.

The PhD or MA project

The PhD or MA position within this project will focus on describing community perspectives about young people’s sexual well-being and risk taking, by interviewing parents, elders and community leaders about the social, cultural, community and personal resources that are perceived to be available to young people.

About the Scholarship

The scholarship is part of an innovative ARC-funded research project. The PhD or MA candidate will have the opportunity to work with a team of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal researchers from UNSW and other universities.

  • $32k a year stipend
  • Tuition fees covered for the full period of candidature
  • For an MA the period of candidature will be 2-2.5 years FT, and for a PhD the candidature will be 3-3.5 years FT.

To be eligible

The PhD position requires a first or upper second-class Honours degree (Honours 2/1) or a completed MA by Research degree (or equivalent qualifications). The MA position requires an Honours degree (or equivalent qualifications). Also, you must identify as an Indigenous person to be eligible.

For more information

Please contact Associate Professor Reuben Bolt, Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit (02) 9385 3795 or Dr Joanne Bryant, Centre for Social Research in Health (02) 9385 6438

For more information about the project see here

The application process

  • Contact either Reuben Bolt or Joanne Bryant by 30 November 2018.
  • Provide initial documentation including a CV and brief research proposal by 15 December 2018.