PhD Scholarship in Public Policy

Updated: 9 days ago
Location: Melbourne, VICTORIA
Deadline: 14 May 2024

PhD Scholarship in Public Policy

Job No.: 664429

Location: Clayton campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 3-year and 6-month fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: The successful applicant will receive a Research Living Allowance, at current value of $35,013AUD per annum 2024 full-time rate (tax-free stipend), indexed plus allowances as per RTP stipend scholarship conditions at: . A tuition fee scholarship and Single Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) will be provided for a successful international awardee.

The Opportunity

This PhD scholarship is funded as an important part of an ARC funded project Advancing Policy Design for Robots in Public Spaces, conducted by Professor Michael Mintrom, Associate Professor Shanti Sumartojo, and Professor Lisa Grocott.

The PhD project will investigate existing public policy settings as they relate to the presence of robots in public spaces. Robots will be treated as an instance of emerging and disruptive technologies. The project will be grounded in a framework for comparative policy analysis but will have a particular focus on the Australian policy context. It will investigate aspects of public reactions to, and interactions with, robots in select public spaces using in-depth qualitative research techniques. The project work will contribute to a our broader effort to develop a feasible, flexible and replicable method to generate new knowledge that will advance policy design for robots in public spaces in Australia and internationally. The successful applicant will join an established, highly productive research team and will contribute to the wider project while undertaking their own distinct PhD project. The details of the PhD project are open to negotiation, but it must focus on an aspect of policy design for robots in public spaces.

Undertaking this PhD as part of a larger project has several advantages. First, the successful candidate will be integrated into an already successful research agenda that has been funded by the Australian Research Council, and will have access to funding to support fieldwork, transcription, travel, and conference attendance. Second, the candidate will benefit from expert supervision from research leaders in Public Policy and Design Thinking, and from entering a PhD with a pre-existing structure. Finally, the candidate will benefit from being part of outcomes from the research, which may include co-authored publications (where the candidate’s contributions will be recognised through co-authorship) and engagement in research workshops.

Monash University is the largest university in Australia and regularly ranks in the top 100 universities worldwide. Monash has six globally networked campuses and international alliances in Europe and Asia. The applicant will be based at the Clayton campus in Melbourne. Social Science at Monash is diverse and vibrant, including research expertise in public policy, politics and sociology. We have a strong and supportive research culture, led by internationally recognised scholars successful in attracting national and international competitive funding.

Candidate Requirements

The successful applicant will have an excellent academic track record in Social Science, preferably with demonstrated interests in Public Policy. Competence in qualitative research methods is essential.

In its assessment, the selection committee will prioritise applicants who hold an Australian (or equivalent international) Honour’s or Master’s degree (both in a relevant field), with a significant research component and with first-class honours/H1 awarded.

Details of eligibility requirements, including English-language proficiency skills, to undertake a PhD in the Faculty of Arts are available at . Applicants should ensure they familiarise themselves with these requirements before deciding whether they should apply.

Scholarship holders must be enrolled full-time and on campus. Please note: applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered.

The successful applicant will be expected to enrol by September 2024. However, there may be some flexibility as to the date of commencement.

Submit an Expression of Interest

EOIs shall comprise:

  • A cover letter that includes a brief statement of the applicant’s suitability
  • A brief research proposal not exceeding 750 words in length that fits within the broad project aims and objectives, and demonstrates some understanding of the area of research
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works, conference presentations and relevant work experience
  • A full statement of academic records, degree certificates and official grading system (if available), supported by scanned copies of relevant certified documentation
  • English language proficiency test results (if applicable)
  • Names and contact details of 2 academic referees
  • Copy of your current passport (if available)

Once you have discussed your EOI with Professor Michael Mintrom, please submit your Expression of Interest Form and indicate that you are applying for a “Special Scholarship Scheme – PhD Scholarship in Public Policy”.


Professor Michael Mintrom, School of Social Sciences, [email protected]

Closing Date

Tuesday 14 May 2024, 11:55pm AEST

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