PhD Scholarship in Communications and Media Studies

Monash University School of Media, Film and Journalism

PhD Scholarship in Communications and Media Studies – Young Women’s Online Experiences of Learning About Gender Inequality

Job No.: 615883

Location: Caulfield 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 a successful international awardee.

The Opportunity

This PhD scholarship is funded as an important part of an ARC funded project Young women’s online experiences of learning about gender inequality conducted by Dr Akane Kanai.

This project will interrogate the impacts of digital feminism as a knowledge culture in young women’s everyday lives. While scholars have addressed the mainstreaming of feminism in media representation, we are yet to fully understand the everyday experience of digital media use that might help or hinder young women in confronting gender inequality. The successful applicant examine, in their own distinct PhD project, how school age young women learn and engage with concepts of feminism and gender inequality online. This will aligned with the broader objectives of the ARC project run by Dr Kanai.

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 the study of identity and media, 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 Caulfield campus in Melbourne. As part of this project, the applicant will be situated in Monash’s Gender and Media Lab, and access mentorship from Dr Kanai and other experts in gender, media and digital culture. We have a strong and supportive research culture, led by internationally recognised scholars successful in attracting national and international competitive funding.

Candidate Requirements

The successful applicant will have an excellent academic track record in Communication and Media Studies, Cultural Studies, or Gender Studies.

Applicants will be considered provided that they fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University which includes English language proficiency skills. Details of eligibility requirements 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.

The successful applicant will be expected to enrol by 1 May 2021. However, there may be some flexibility as to the date of commencement.


Dr Akane Kanai, School of Media, Film and Journalism,

Submit an Expression of Interest

EOIs shall comprise:

  • A cover letter that includes a brief statement of the applicant’s suitability in relation to their educational achievements, and any research experience conducted during or outside studies.
  • A 10 page writing sample: this could be part of a thesis, or an article;
  • 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 who can speak to your capacity for research

It is important that you contact Dr Akane Kanai, School of Media, Film and Journalism, prior to submission of the EOI to discuss the project.

Once you have discussed your EOI with Dr Akane Kanai, 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 CMS – Young women’s online experiences of learning about gender inequality” in the subject heading of the email.

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

Closing Date

Monday 15 March 2021, 11:55pm AEDT