PhD Scholarship in Australian Film, Television & Media History

The Opportunity

Expressions of interest are sought from outstanding candidates for PhD study in a wide range of fields including, but not limited to: screen studies; archival studies; cultural studies; communication studies; Australian history.

PhD Project

One full-time 3-year funded scholarship is available for a PhD candidate to undertake research into Utilitarian Filmmaking in Australia 1945 – 1980, as part of a four-year Australian Research Council funded Discovery Project at Monash University. This ground-breaking project will discover, document, analyse and compile a lasting archive of Utilitarian Filmmaking in Australia. ‘Utilitarian’ describes client-sponsored, instructional and governmental filmmaking existing outside the conventional theatrical contexts by which cinema is usually defined. The project will engage with major cultural institutions to generate conferences, books, articles, exhibitions and interactive archives as well as a total of three PhD dissertations. The successful Monash applicants will become part of a leading research team across three Australian universities (Monash University, University of Canberra, Murdoch University) and have the opportunity to work with experienced senior supervisors in traditional research modes as well as cutting edge, practice-led research outputs.
Note: applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered.

Faculty / Portfolio:  Faculty of Arts, Film, Media & Communications Graduate Research Program

Location:   Caulfield campus, Monash University

Supervisor:   A/Prof Deane Williams

Remuneration:  $26,288 p.a. full-time rate (pro-rata)
hortlisted candidates will be interviewed, over Skype if necessary. The interviews will be conducted in English.

Candidate Requirements

Applicants will be considered provided that they fulfil the criteria for PhD/MA admission at Monash University and demonstrate excellent research capability. Details of the relevant requirements are available at

The successful applicant will be expected to enrol before June 2016. 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 research proposal not exceeding 1000 words in length
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works
  • A full statement of academic record, supported by scanned copies of relevant certified documentation
  • Contact details of three referees
  • Evidence of English-language proficiency (international applicants only)

It is expected that applicants will have been in discussion with the potential thesis supervisor prior to submission of the application.
EOIs shall be sent, preferably in the form of a single attachment to an e-mail, to Ms Michelle Mei, Graduate Research Coordinator, Faculty of Arts, at the following e-mail address:


Enquiries about the Scholarship should be directed to A/Professor Deane Williams (;
+613 9903 5078)

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