Doctoral Scholarship: Vitalities Lab, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney

A four-year doctoral scholarship is available for an outstanding scholar to work with SHARP Professor Deborah Lupton and her team in the new Vitalities Lab. The scholarship provides A$30,000 stipend per annum (indexed each year), subject to satisfactory academic progress and performance. The successful candidate will also potentially be able to engage in part-time research assistant work if appropriate opportunities arise during their candidature.

The successful candidate will be expected to devise and conduct their own doctoral project under the supervision of Professor Lupton. The project should be congruent with the broad research directions of the Vitalities Lab. The Vitalities Lab is a hub for interdisciplinary research that is lively, exciting, creative and novel. Under the leadership of Professor Lupton, the Vitalities Lab brings together researchers working on understanding human experience in the context of the more-than-human worlds in which they move and live. When humans come together with things, places and other living creatures, vitalities and capacities are generated that have implications for people’s health, wellbeing and their ability to have agency and affect the world around them. It is on identifying these vitalities and capacities and considering their social and cultural implications that research in the Vitalities Lab will focus (further details here).

Eligibility criteria

To apply for this scholarship, applicants must meet all the requirements for admission for full-time doctoral studies in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney.

Applicants must hold at least one of the following:

  • an honours degree in a relevant discipline (awarded at Honours 1 or 2.1 level); or
  • a masters degree in a relevant discipline with a substantial research thesis component, conferred at a high level of distinction; or
  • demonstrated equivalent research experience and achievement.

Applicants should demonstrate:

  • outstanding writing and analysis skills
  • an interest and capacity in applying sociocultural theory to qualitative inquiry
  • the ability to meet deadlines.

Applicants should review the details provided of the Vitalities Lab and provide a one-page outline of their proposed project accompanied by up to one page of relevant academic references that have informed their proposal. The proposal should include direct reference to how the topic will complement or build on the research directions of the Vitalities Lab.

Applicants must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia.

To apply

Applicants should submit their applications direct to Professor Lupton at by COB on the closing date. The applications should include a cover letter addressing the eligibility criteria, a curriculum vitae, a copy of an academic transcript and contact details of at least two referees, as well as the proposed project outline and reference list described above.

Closing date: COB 31 March 2019