PhD Scholarship in Rural and Regional News Deserts

Monash University Faculty of Arts

PhD Scholarship in Rural and Regional News Deserts

Job No.: 639197

Location: Clayton campus

Employment Type: Full-time

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

Remuneration: The successful applicant will receive a Research Living Allowance, at current value of $30,000AUD per annum 2022 full-time rate (tax-free stipend), indexed plus allowances as per RTP stipend scholarship conditions at: www.monash.edu/graduate-research/study/scholarships/scholarship-policy-and-procedures. A tuition fee scholarship and Single Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) will be provided for a successful international awardee.

The Opportunity

This graduate research opportunity is part of a cluster of scholarships that are focused in areas of research and scholarly excellence with leading Faculty of Arts supervisors. They form part of the Monash 2030 Global Impact program of research. The closing date for all applications is 31 August 2022.

This fully-funded PhD project will investigate how changes in on ground reporting in rural and regional Australia impact inclusion and social cohesion in communities. The graduate research project will explore broader patterns of market domination in the context of specific case studies.

Undertaking this industry-focused PhD has several advantages: The successful candidate will be integrated into an already existing successful research agenda in the School of Media, Film and Journalism and will have access to funding to support fieldwork, travel, and conference attendance. The candidate will furthermore benefit from expert supervision from research leaders in Media and Communications, and by entering a PhD project with a pre-existing structure.

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.

Candidate Requirements

The successful applicant will have an excellent academic track record in a cognate discipline.

In its assessment, the selection committee will prioritise applicants who hold an Australian (or equivalent international) Honour’s or Masters degree (in a relevant field), with a significant research component and with first-class honours/H1 awarded.

Details of eligibility requirements, including English-language proficiency skills, to undertake a Masters by Researcg in the Faculty of Arts are available at www.monash.edu/arts/graduate_research/how-to-apply. Applicants should ensure they familiarise themselves with these requirements before deciding whether they should apply.

Scholarship holders must be enrolled full-time and on campus. Please note: applicants who already hold a Masters by Research or PhD will not be considered.

The successful applicant will be expected to enrol by 30 November 2022. However, there may be some flexibility as to the date of commencement.

Enquiries

Professor Brett Hutchins, brett.hutchins@monash.edu

Submit an Expression of Interest

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 broad project aims and objectives, 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
  • A full statement of academic record, supported by scanned copies of relevant certified documentation
  • Contact details of two academic referees
  • Copy of your current passport (if available)

It is important that you contact Professor Brett Hutchins, brett.hutchins@monash.edu prior to submission of the EOI to discuss the project.

Once you have discussed your EOI with Professor Brett Hutchins, 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 arts-agr-apply@monash.edu. State “EOI [your name] - PhD Scholarship in Rural and Regional News Deserts” 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

Wednesday 31 August 2022, 11:55pm AEST