‘Australia a Space-faring Nation: Imaginaries and Practices of Space Future’ Indigenous PhD Scholarship

Institute for Culture and Society
Western Sydney University

Scholarship code: PS2020_033

About the Project 

The Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) is a research institute within Western Sydney University, that champions collaborative engaged research in the humanities and social sciences as the largest dedicated research concentration of its kind in Australia. We are now offering a research scholarship to highly motivated Indigenous PhD candidates to work in an innovative project looking at the social and technological imaginaries of outer space, in Australia and internationally.

The project is funded through the Australian Research Council and investigates the challenges, opportunities and implications of outer space as a site of economic, political, environmental and cultural interest. Combining ethnography, science and technology studies, and creative practice, the project analyses how a range of imaginaries of outer space are produced through a series of case studies including: the development of Australia’s National Space Agency; the role of new venture capital firms; scientific research on alien life in terrestrial analogue sites; and Indigenous imaginaries of outer space.

The project will be based at ICS with the opportunity to work with a number of experienced supervisors in both the Institute and the School of Humanities and Communication Arts.


What does the Scholarship provide?

Domestic candidates will receive a tax-free stipend of $50,000(AUD) per annum for up to 3 years to support living costs, supported by the Research Training Program (RTP) Fee Offset.

  • Up to $7,000(AUD) support for training, conference attendance, fieldwork and additional research costs as approved by the Institute.

International applicants are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.


How to Apply

For details on how to apply, and for more information including the eligibility criteria, please visit:https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/schools/grs/scholarships/current_scholarships/current_scholarships/ics_australia_a_space-faring_nation_imaginaries_and_practices_of_space_futures_yarramundi?fbclid=IwAR0wMWzrMrmbNR-Bjic6BGHpe6szbCldm7Ht_Ovo6uxF3ESVz3iuCn9buKU

Please contact the Graduate Research School via email at grs.scholarships@westernsydney.edu.au for more information.

Applications close 31 May 2020, at 11:59pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).


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