PhD Scholarship in A Multimedia Digital History Project Investigating The Impact of Convicts on Australian Democracy

Monash University, Australia is inviting applicants to apply for a PhD position in political science. The deadline to apply is February 21, 2020.

The successful applicant will receive a Faculty of Arts Research Living Allowance, at the current value of $28,373 per annum 2020 full-time rate (tax-free stipend), indexed plus allowances as per RTP stipend scholarship conditions at: The Faculty will provide the tuition fee scholarship.

Monash University Arts Graduate Research is funding a PhD scholarship on the topic of the political prisoners transported from Britain and Ireland as convicts to the Australian colonies in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the impact of their activism on reform in Australia. The PhD will form an important part of the ARC Linkage Project Conviction Politics: the Convict Routes of Australian Democracy, led by Associate Professor Tony Moore (School of Media, Film and Journalism, Monash University). This International digital history project connects collective convict protest to the early development of democracy in colonial Australia, documenting for the first time the extent and character of convict activism 1788-1850 and offering fresh perspectives on the role of 'political' transportees in the mobilisation of the wider convict and free population for reform. Led by Monash, the four-year interdisciplinary project brings together leading history, media studies and information technology academics, from five Australian and two international universities, together with media practitioners, archives collections, museums, and unions spanning Australia, the UK and Ireland. As well as scholarly publications, the project is producing an online transmedia text and audio-visual hub that presents findings and original digitised archive material, data visualisations, an interactive atlas of convict politics, 100 micro-documentaries and content for a travelling digital exhibition. Conviction Politics website:

The successful applicant will join the research team and contribute to the wider project, engaging in research design, data collection, and analysis and will be required to develop their own research program that fits within the broad parameters of the project. A topic of interest to the project is the media, cultural and social impact of nineteenth-century Chartism and the Young Ireland movement in Victoria, NSW and Tasmania, with a focus on the political convicts transported for their activism in these reform groups, and convicts and ex-convicts influenced by their programs in the colonies. The precise details of the PhD research are flexible and responsive to the successful applicant's expertise and interests. Final decisions on the project will be confirmed through discussions between the successful applicant and the supervisors.

Undertaking a 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 partners the NSW Teachers Federation, the Australian Council of Trade Unions, the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office and the AMWU, and they 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 history and media studies, and from entering a PhD with a pre-existing structure. Third, the candidate will experience working with the projects screen production partner Roar Film, our museum partners such as the National Museum of Australia and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and the archives of union and governments in Australia, Britain and Ireland. The candidate will also have the opportunity to collaborate with project scholars in digital analytics and visualisation based in the Monash Sensilab, 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 recognized through co-authorship), and some of the media outputs such as the digital atlas, micro-documentaries and exhibition content, 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. For more information about the university and the school of MFJ please refer to the following link:

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

The successful applicant will have an excellent academic track record in History, Media Studies or other relevant discipline (e.g. political science, cultural studies). The successful candidate will have experience of archive or digital research methods and evidence of research expertise in Australian, British, Irish, labour, cultural or media history.

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

Successful applicants will be expected to enrol by 30th June 2020. However, there may be some flexibility as to the date of commencement.

It is important that you contact Associate Professor Tony Moore prior to submission of the EOI to discuss the project.

Once an EOI is submitted, the applicant will be required to notify the office separately by sending an email to

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


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