Ph.D. scholarship available at Griffith University | “Contesting Australian Sport Culture: Women and the Rise of Contact Sport” | Apply before 15 August 2018

Dr. Adele Pavlidis has been awarded a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) by the Australian Research Council (ARC) to investigate the growing visibility of women in contact sports in Australia and the multiple forces that influence their participation. The project seeks to generate new knowledge in the area of feminist theory, cultural theory, and sport management. Expected outcomes of this project include enhanced capacity of contact sports to include and support women’s participation through policies and practices that work towards gender equality and long-term sustainability.

The rise of women’s participation in contact sport has made gender inequity and opportunity visible in new ways through public debate about Australian cultural life. This project will provide insight into the forces driving change and identify strategies for the development of equitable policies and practices that will sustain women’s participation into the future. The research will advance knowledge about the transformation of sport cultures across all levels.

A Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship (GUPRS) is available to undertake a project aligned with the DECRA, working with Dr. Adele Pavlidis and a suitable associate supervisor at Griffith University, with an annual stipend rate of $27,082 (indexed) for a period of 3 years full-time, commencing in Trimester 1, 2019.

Successful international applicants will also be provided with a tuition scholarship for the same period.

The candidate will be based in the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research and the School of Languages, Humanities and Social Science on the Gold Coast.

This scholarship is open to new domestic and international applicants.

Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete, a bachelors degree with honours equivalent to first class and meet the eligibility requirements of and be intending to enrol full-time in an approved doctoral program in the School of Languages, Humanities and Social Science.

A background in cultural studies, sociology, cultural geography or sport management or related disciplines is desired.

Applicants should refer to the conditions of award for the Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship for more information: GUPRS Conditions of Award (PDF 301k)

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Adele Pavlidis at in the first instance to discuss project and suitability. Expressions of Interest should be received by 15 August 2018. Please include:

  • Statement addressing your suitability for the project/scholarship
  • A brief CV
  • Two references

The preferred applicant will be invited to apply by following the process for applying for entry to the Griffith Higher Degree Research program, which includes a section for scholarship applications. When applying for entry, the preferred applicant should specify the ‘Contesting Australian Sport Culture: Women and the Rise of Contact Sport’ under ‘Other’ as an additional scholarship they wish to be considered for as part of their application.

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