PhD Scholarship in Social Science for Migration, Mixed Marriage and Integration in Australia
Monash University

PhD Scholarship in Social Science – Migration, Mixed Marriage and Integration in Australia

Job No.: 609177

Location: Clayton campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 3 year and 3 month fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: $29,000 tax-free 2020 full-time rate (tax-free stipend), indexed plus allowances

For scholarship procedures and conditions, please see:

The Faculty will provide the tuition fee scholarship and Single Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) for the successful international awardee.

The Opportunity

This PhD scholarship is funded as an important part of an ARC funded project Migration, Mixed-Marriage and Integration in Australia conducted by Associate Professor Dharma Arunachalam, Professor Andrew Markus and Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett.

The project will undertake a comprehensive analysis of cross-cultural and cross-religious marriages and de-facto partnerships in contemporary Australian society, using a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods. It will explore the topic through the dimensions of ethnicity, religion, gender and generation across three broad age groups. The successful applicant will join the research team and contribute to the wider project but will also undertake their own distinct PhD project. The details of the PhD project are open to negotiation, but it may involve a comparative analysis of intermarriage and partnering among two ethnic and/or religious groups.

Undertaking this PhD as part of a larger project has several advantages. First, the successful candidate will be integrated into an already successful research agenda that has been funded by the Australian Research Council, and will have access to funding to support fieldwork, transcription, travel and conference attendance. Second, the candidate will benefit from expert supervision from research leaders in social science, and from entering a PhD with a pre-existing structure. Finally, the candidate will benefit from being part of outcomes from the research, which may include co-authored publications (where the candidate’s contributions will be recognised through co-authorship), funded symposia, school-engagement exercises and future grant applications.

Monash University is the largest university in Australia and regularly ranks in the top 100 universities worldwide. Monash has six globally networked campuses and international alliances in Europe and Asia. The applicant will be based at the Clayton campus in Melbourne. Social Science at Monash is diverse and vibrant, including research expertise in geography, sociology, politics and sustainability transitions. We have a strong and supportive research culture, led by internationally recognised scholars successful in attracting national and international competitive funding.

Please note: applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered.

Candidate Requirements

The successful applicant will have an excellent academic track record in Social Science. Competence in both quantitative and qualitative research methods is desirable.

Applicants will be considered provided that they fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University. Details of eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD in the Faculty of Arts are available at

Candidates will be expected to meet Monash admission requirements which include English-language proficiency skills. Scholarship holders must be enrolled full time and on campus.


Associate Professor Dharma Arunachalam, 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 curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works, conference presentations and relevant work experience
  • A full statement of academic record, supported by scanned copies of relevant certified documentation
  • Contact details of two academic referees

It is important that you contact Associate Professor Dharma Arunachalam, School of Social Sciences, prior to submission of the EOI to discuss the project.

Once you have discussed your EOI with Associate Professor Dharma Arunachalam, EOIs should be sent, preferably in the form of a single attachment to an email, to Ms Kinda Say, Senior Graduate Research Administrator, Faculty of Arts at the following email address  State “EOI [your name] - PhD Scholarship in Social Science – Migration, Mixed Marriage and Integration in Australia” in the subject heading of the email.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed (over Skype if necessary). The interviews will be conducted in English.

Closing Date

Friday 31 July 2020, 11:55 pm AEST

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