PhD Scholarship in Sociology - Evaluating Masculinities Transformation Programs

Updated: 10 months ago
Location: Melbourne, VICTORIA
Deadline: 26 Jul 2019

PhD Scholarship in Sociology - Evaluating Masculinities Transformation Programs

Job No.: 594527

Location: Clayton campus

Employment type: Full-time

Duration: 3 year and 3 month fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: Stipend value of $27,872 per annum, plus allowances 

The Opportunity

Monash University Arts Graduate Research is funding a PhD scholarship on the topic of evaluating programs aimed at transforming masculinities in Victoria. The PhD will form an important part of the VicHealth funded project ‘Evaluating programs aimed at gender transformative work with men and boys: a multi-cohort, cross-sector investigation’, led by Associate Professor Steven Roberts (School of Social Sciences, Monash University) and Dr Karla Elliott (School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne). The wider project will evaluate four direct participation programs aimed at fostering healthier masculinities among men and boys across regional and metropolitan Victoria. The research will add to the evidence base of what works in transforming harmful masculinity and engaging men and boys in gender equality, and will focus on men and boys in metropolitan and regional areas across a range of social and cultural backgrounds.

The successful applicant will join the research team and contribute to the wider project, engaging in research design and data collection with one of the four direct participation programs, and will be required to develop their own research program that fits within the broad parameters of the project. A topic of interest might include loneliness and connection among men; performances of masculinity on social media; or exploring the experience of program facilitators, but candidates may suggest an alternative focus. The precise details of the PhD research are flexible and responsive to the successful applicant’s expertise and interests. Final decisions on the project will be confirmed through discussions between the successful applicant and the supervisors.

Undertaking a 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 a world-leading health promotion agency, 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 sociology and gender studies, 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), funded symposia, school-engagement exercises, and future grant applications.

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. Sociology at Monash is diverse and vibrant, including research expertise in gender and sexuality, youth, technology, health and the environment. We have a strong and supportive research culture, led by internationally recognised scholars successful in attracting national and international competitive funding.

The successful applicant will receive a Faculty of Arts Research Living Allowance, at current value of $27,872 per annum 2019 full-time rate (tax-free stipend), indexed plus allowances as per RTP stipend scholarship conditions at: . Faculty will provide the tuition fee scholarship and Single Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) for successful international awardee.

Please note: applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered.

Candidate Requirements

The successful applicant will have an excellent academic track record in Sociology or other relevant discipline (e.g. gender studies, cultural studies, education, social work). Competence in both quantitative and qualitative research methods is desirable.

Applicants will be considered provided that they fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University. Details of eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD in the Faculty of Arts are available at .

Candidates will be required to meet Monash admission requirements which include English-language proficiency skills. Scholarship holders must be enrolled full time and on campus.

Successful applicants will be expected to enrol by 31 October 2019. However, there may be some flexibility as to the date of commencement.


Associate Professor Steven Roberts, School of Social Sciences,

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 record, supported by scanned copies of relevant certified documentation
  • Contact details of two academic referees

It is important that you contact Associate Professor Steven Roberts ( ) prior to submission of the EOI to discuss the project.

Once you have discussed your EOI with Associate Professor Roberts, EOIs should be sent, preferably in the form of a single attachment to an e-mail, to Merci Ikeda, Senior Graduate Research Administrator, Faculty of Arts, at the following e-mail address: .

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed (over Skype if necessary). The interviews will be conducted in English.

Closing Date

Friday 26 July 2019, 11:55 pm AEST


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