PhD Scholarship Opportunity – Architecture and Curation

Updated: 8 months ago
Location: Melbourne, VICTORIA
Deadline: 10 Oct 2019

PhD Scholarship Opportunity – Architecture and Curation, hosted by the Critical Practices Research Lab and Monash University Museum of Art

Job No.: 598310

Location: Caulfield campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 3 year fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: The successful applicant will receive a Monash-funded Living Allowance and Tuition Fee Remission Scholarship, Relocation Allowance (up to $1000 interstate). Living Allowance current value: $27,872 p.a. 2019 full-time rate (tax-free stipend); annually indexed plus allowances as per RTP/MGRO stipend conditions: )

This position will be subject to the PhD candidate securing a Monash stipend scholarship which is an annual living allowance based on Monash University’s Research Training Program (RTP), stipend of $27,872 per annum (2019 rate - indexed annually)

The Opportunity

The Critical Practices Research Laboratory, in the Faculty of Art Design & Architecture at Monash University, Melbourne, invites scholarship applications for a new PhD specialisation at the intersection of Architectural and Curatorial Practices. The PhD represents a joint venture between the Department of Architecture, the Department of Fine Art (Curatorial Practice Program), and Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA). As catalysts for creative engagement across the visual arts and architecture, these three entities support an active community of the country’s leading architects, artists, designers, thinkers and cultural producers. The Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), is a museum of contemporary art committed to innovative and research-based art and curatorial practice.

The scholarship is fully funded for 3-years, for commencement in 2020. It provides a stipend of $27,872 per annum tax exempt for three years. In addition, access is provided to MUMA facilities, archives, and staff, and the selected PhD candidate will have the opportunity to develop a MUMA public program or exhibition contribution according to the nature of their project.

The Research Environment

Candidates will be located within the Critical Practices Research Lab, which is an interdisciplinary research environment bringing together scholars and practitioners across the architectural humanities, curatorial practices, art history and theory, design history and theory, and experimental methods in art, design and architecture. The Lab has a particular focus on practices of mediation, curation, and exhibition-making across disciplines, and members of the lab are united by an interest in methodological innovation and humanities-based approaches, to engage critically with the world and effect change. The proposed PhD project can engage in traditional and/or non-traditional research methods, including practice-based outputs.

Areas of Research Focus

The scholarship welcomes proposals that test the limits of architecture and art institutions, and supports advanced scholarly work on exhibitions and their histories, the conditions of architecture’s public appearance, the politics of display, and the exhibition as an instrument of advocacy in architectural and other fields.

The successful candidate will address the intersection of architecture and curatorial practices broadly conceived. The place that architecture (as practice, profession, discipline and built work) has within curatorial practice; how curatorial work changes the perception of architecture; how curatorial spaces (exhibitions, galleries, museums, institutions) are conceived and designed; how architectural ideas are disseminated via exhibition and other media; what an ‘architectural exhibition’ might look like; the ways in which art and architectural practices within the realm of curatorial work, serve to test, augment, or change the disciplinary relationships between the two fields; and other innovative ways of thinking about the relationship between architecture and curatorial practices, are among possible areas of consideration.

Candidates will have dedicated access to the facilities, archives, collections and staff at the Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) for research purposes and/or the possible development of public programs or exhibitions, to be determined according to the project.

Candidates will be cross-supervised between Architecture and Curatorial Practices staff.


Candidates are welcome to make contact, to discuss their proposals and areas of interest before submitting their applications. Enquiries should be addressed to one or more of:

Prof Naomi Stead, Head of Architecture and co-director of the Critical Practices Research Lab,

A/Prof Tara McDowell, Director of the Curatorial Practices program and co-director of the Critical Practices Research Lab,

Charlotte Day, Director of the Monash University Museum of Art,

Candidate requirements

This scholarship is open to domestic applicants only.

Applicants should have an excellent academic track record, including advanced knowledge of architecture, curatorial theory and practice, architectural history, exhibition design, architectural institutions, history and theory of exhibitions, and/or other relevant fields of inquiry, including interdisciplinary approaches. They are required to hold a Bachelor’s degree with Honours, and preferably hold a Master’s qualification in a relevant discipline. Candidates must apply with a specific research project in mind, as articulated in a research proposal. Scholarships (tuition and stipend) are available to qualified applicants, subject to university scholarship assessment and terms and conditions.

Applicants will be considered provided that they fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University. Details of eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD at Monash are available here for MADA,,-design-and-architecture-1322 .

Candidates will be required to meet Monash entry requirements, which include English-language skills. Scholarship holders must be enrolled full-time and undertake the program on campus.

Successful applicants will be expected to enrol before 1st February 2020, and commence in Semester 1, 2020.

Submit an Expression of Interest

EOIs shall comprise:

  • The completed MADA HDR Expression of Interest Form
  • A research proposal
  • Evidence of academic qualifications
  • Evidence of English-language proficiency
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works
  • Academic writing sample and if applicable a portfolio of practice-based research

The EOI requirements can be found at:

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, over Skype if necessary.

Closing date

Thursday 10 October 2019, 11:55 pm AEDT

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