HDR Scholarship – A Transcultural Approach to Belonging and Engagement among Migrant Youth

A PhD scholarship is available in the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI), School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Education. The PhD student will initiate and conduct research on the topic ‘A Transcultural Approach to Belonging and Engagement among Migrant Youth’ led by Professor Fethi Mansouri. The successful applicant will be based at the Melbourne Burwood Campus. This research is partially funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council. 


Research topic
The PhD student will undertake research on migrant youth, human mobility and multiculturalism. Empirically this research will focus on Australia, although comparative research with Canada and the UK is also welcome. While this research will be undertaken independently, this scholarship is part of a larger international project investigating the comparative experiences of transcultural capital among migrant youth in Australia, Canada and the UK. 

Project aim
This project will examine the everyday experiences of migrant youth to better understand the utility of transcultural capital for them, their communities, and their wider societies. This focuses on the attributes and capacities that migrant youth accumulate from balancing, concurrently, the demands of their cultural identities and broader social belongings. This project will investigate how this affects the ability of migrant youth to instigate, negotiate and maintain socio-cultural connections locally, trans-locally, and transnationally. Primary research will take place in three highly diverse cities across three continents: Melbourne (Australia), Toronto (Canada), and Birmingham (United Kingdom). It is expected that the doctoral research project will generate additional data to complement the empirical foundations of this project.

Value and duration
This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $27,082 per annum tax exempt (2018 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 for students moving from interstate or overseas
  • International students only: Tuition fee and overseas health coverage for the duration of 4 years

Important dates
Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 31 October 2018.

Eligibility criteria
To be eligible you must:

  • be either a domestic or international candidate
  • meet Deakin’s PhD entry requirements
  • be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master’s degree with a substantial research component.
    Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information.

How to apply
Please refer to the how to apply for a research degree page for application information.

Further information
If you wish to discuss your research interests and project proposal before applying, please contact Ms Cayla Edwards via email or phone +61 3 9244 6658