Applications open: ‘Schooling, Parenting and Ethnicity: Asian Migration and Australian Education’ PhD scholarship

Scholarship code: 2021_080

 About the Project

Asian migration is transforming many aspects of life in migrant-based societies such as Australia. In education, an arena of aspiration and anxiety for many parents, social anxieties are increasingly ethnicised drawing on simplistic stereotypes of ‘Asian cultures’. The children of Asian migrants are disproportionately successful in Australian education, but are there different Asian and Western approaches to parenting? Domestic education policies are an important part of this social context. The acceleration of Asian migration has coincided with changes in Australia’s education system such as the greater prevalence of selective schooling and the marketization of education.

This project seeks a more comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the relationship between ethnicity and schooling and the pedagogical role of parenting within this dynamic by comparatively examining the educational practices and values of families of Chinese-, Indian- and Anglo-Australian backgrounds with primary school-aged children. It will explore how ethnicity, socio-economic status, length of residency and other factors, affect parenting choices regarding education. The study will also examine the commonalities and differences within and between these groups.

While the broader study examines these issues in terms of schooling, the PhD project will be geared towards how parental influence extends into students’ choice of tertiary study focusing on the impact of Asian migration at this level of education, with the successful candidate having the flexibility to develop a project that aligns with the aims of the broader study. Based at the Institute for Culture and Society ( at Western Sydney University, the candidate will be supervised by Professor Megan Watkins and Professor Greg Noble, with associate supervision from Associate Professor Christina Ho, University of Technology Sydney.


What does the Scholarship provide?

 * Domestic candidates will receive a tax-free stipend of $27,094 (AUD) per annum for up to 3 years to support living costs, supported by the Research Training Program (RTP) Fee Offset.

* Support for training, conference attendance, fieldwork and additional research costs as approved by the Institute for Culture and Society.

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 see the Western Sydney University Website:,_parenting_and_ethnicity_asian_migration_and_australian_education


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


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