Each year the School of Culture History and Language ("School") in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific may offer an award known as the Evolution of Cultural Diversity Initiative PhD Scholarship ("Award"). Funding for this Award has been provided by the Commonwealth of Australia's National Institutes Grant.
The ANU's Evolution of Cultural Diversity Initiative has been established with support from the Commonwealth of Australia's National Institutes Grant as a hub for trans-disciplinary research. The Initiative will adapt and apply methodological and theoretical advances from a range of disciplinary fields in the sciences and humanities and apply these to a wide range of case studies in order to understand the evolution of cultural diversity -primarily in northern Australia and its immediate Melanesian neighbours, but with global application. The central aim of the Initiative is to understand the drivers and processes underpinning the full span of human history in the Asia-Pacific, from initial human settlement through to the contemporary present.
The objective of this Award is to provide funding for an outstanding international student to enable them to pursue a PhD program in any field relevant to the interests of the Initiative, based in the School.
Field of study
The Award will be available each year to a prospective or continuing international student of Pacific Islander heritage who:
- is enrolled or enrolling full-time in a program of study for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at The Australian National University in any field relevant to the goals of the Institute including but not restricted to Anthropology, Archaeology, Ecology and Evolution, Genetics, History, Linguistics, and Philosophy, and
- holds an Honours or Masters degree by research in a relevant discipline.
Preference will be given to candidates who are citizens of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, or Vanuatu.
Value: The value of the Award will be stated in the letter of offer. The Award will be paid in fortnightly instalments unless otherwise stated in the letter of offer.
The Award may contain any or all of the following benefits:
- Stipend Scholarship: A recipient may be awarded a stipend scholarship equivalent to the value of the Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP) stipend scholarship. The Award is indexed each year on 1 January; and/or
- Higher Degree Research (HDR) Fee Remission Merit Scholarship: An International recipient may be recommended for an HDR Fee Remission Merit Scholarship to cover the International Student Fees for the standard duration of the Higher Degree Research (HDR) program subject to the recipient being ranked as competitive in a merit-based selection process; and/or
- Overseas Student Health Care Cover: An international recipient of the Award may be eligible for reimbursement of Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the standard program duration, including cover for the recipient's spouse and dependents (where applicable).
How to apply
Applicants must already be under consideration for admission, or be eligible for admission to the ANU's PhD program in one of the disciplinary fields contributing to the Evolution of Cultural Diversity Initiative (Anthropology, Archaeology, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, History, Linguistics, Palaeoecology, and Philosophy of Evolution). Applicants who have not yet applied for admission to the ANU should submit a CV and relevant academic transcripts. All applicants should also submit a statement, of a maximum of 2 pages in length, outlining how their proposed research focus engages the central goals and objectives of the Evolution of Cultural Diversity Initiative.
When preparing your application, please contact Dr Chris Ballard for more information about the scholarship and application process at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications are due by 17:00 (AEST) on 11 October 2021, and should be submitted to the ECDI Administrator at email@example.com.
All enquiries regarding the Award should be made to:
Evolution of Cultural Diversity Initiative (ECDI) Australian National University
9 Fellows Road
ACTON ACT 2601