PhD Scholarship in Anthropology
Monash University

PhD Scholarship in Anthropology – Assisted Reproduction in Southern Africa

Job No.: 618817

Location: Clayton campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 3-year and 3-month fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: The successful applicant will receive a Faculty of Arts Research Living Allowance, at current value of $29,500 per annum 2021 full-time rate (tax-free stipend), indexed plus allowances as per RTP stipend scholarship conditions at: Faculty will provide the tuition fee scholarship and Single Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) for successful international awardee.

The Opportunity

Monash University Arts Graduate Research is funding a PhD scholarship as part of the Australian Research Council funded project ‘Emerging assisted reproduction markets in Southern Africa’ which is led by Professor Andrea Whittaker (School of Social Sciences, Monash University), Professor Lenore Manderson (University of the Witwaterstrand) Dr Karin Hammarberg (Monash University) and Dr Trudie Gerrits (University of Amsterdam). The Australian Research Council funded this project under its prestigious Discovery Project scheme.

The larger project, of which the PhD project is part, aims to investigate the global networks and emerging markets for assisted reproduction in Southern Africa. It will focus upon the mobilities of patients to South Africa for assisted reproduction and mobility of ova providers, gametes, embryos and medical staff across Africa and to and from Australia. This project is anticipated to provide theoretical insights on the social impacts of reproductive travel across national borders for improved public policy responses.

The successful candidate will contribute to the wider project and develop their own research program that fits the broad parameters of the project. We envisage that the PhD scholar will undertake an ethnographic study of the experiences of local South Africans and regional patients using assisted reproduction to understand the local social impact of the introduction of these technologies.

Working on a PhD as part of a larger project has major advantages. The successful candidate will be integrated into a successful research agenda that has been funded by a prestigious and highly competitive funding scheme. They will have access to funding to support fieldwork, and travel, and will also receive expert supervision from senior research leaders in relevant fields. Furthermore, we envisage that the PhD candidate will co-author with the chief investigators. The candidate will participate in conferences, and further research training tailored to their needs.

Monash University is the largest university in Australia and ranks in the top 100 universities worldwide. Monash has six globally networked campuses and international alliances in the US, Europe and Asia. The PhD student will be expected undertake long term fieldwork in South Africa. Anthropology at Monash has research expertise in Medical Anthropology. We have a strong and supportive research culture, led by internationally recognized scholars who are successful in attracting national and international competitive funding. We envisage that the PhD student may spend some of their time visiting our partner academic departments at some point during their studies.

Candidate Requirements

The successful applicant will have an outstanding academic track record in Anthropology, Sociology, or other relevant disciplines (e.g. Global Public Health, Science and Technology Studies). Competence in qualitative research methods is desirable.

Applicants will be considered if they meet the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University. In its assessment, the Committee will prioritise applicants who hold an equivalent Australian or New Zealand bachelor's degree with first class honours or qualifications (including international) and/or research experience deemed equivalent by the University. Details of eligibility requirements, including English-language proficiency skills, to undertake a PhD in the Faculty of Arts are available at

Scholarship holders must be enrolled full time and on campus.  Please note: Applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered.

This opportunity is open to candidates of any nationality.

Successful applicants will be expected to enrol by 31st October 2021, but there may be some flexibility regarding the date of commencement.


Professor Andrea Whittaker, School of Social Sciences,

Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)

EOIs shall comprise:

  • A cover letter that includes a brief statement of the applicant’s suitability;
  • A brief research proposal not exceeding 750 words in length that fits within the broader project, and demonstrates some understanding of the area of research;
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works, conference presentations and relevant work experience such as research assistantships;
  • A full statement of academic record, supported by scanned copies of relevant certified documentation; and
  • Contact details of two academic referees.

You may contact Professor Andrea Whittaker ( prior to submission of the EOI to discuss the project.

Your EOI should be sent in the form of a single attachment to an e-mail to Ms Kinda Say, Senior Graduate Research Administrator, Faculty of Arts, at the following e-mail address . State “EOI [your name] - PhD Scholarship in Anthropology – Assisted Reproduction in Southern Africa” in the subject heading of the email.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed (by video call if necessary) in April.

Closing Date

Thursday 13th May, 2021,11:55 pm AEST

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