3x Australian PhD RTP Scholarships – ACU

The Australian Catholic University is now accepting applications from prospective domestic and international candidates for study commencing prior to the census date in Research Term C 2022.

Applications for all scholarships close at 23:59 24 April 2022 AEST

Scholarship Value/Eligibility Criteria:

  • A Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship of $28,854* per annum (indexed annually); and either
  • A Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship (that is, a tuition fee waiver) for Domestic candidates; or
  • An ACU Tuition Fee waiver and Single Coverage Overseas HealthCare for International candidates.
  • Full-time based at the Melbourne Campus, commencing as soon as possible.
  • Applicants should note that the full-time duration of the PhD at ACU is 3 years while the duration of the MPhil is 2 years.

    *value is for candidates enrolled at full-time load. Part-time enrolment value is 1/2 the full-time value

In addition to applications relating to any area of research, the ACU is offering three guaranteed scholarships in the following areas, all based at the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry:

Flourishing in Early Christianity

Flourishing in Early Christianity aims to elucidate the complex and often contested views of flourishing found in ancient Christian sources and how those visions of flourishing interacted with similar accounts put forward in non-Christian classical and Jewish sources.The project has three strands: 1) ‘Health: Being and Feeling Well;’ 2) ‘Cultivating the Good Life: Reason and Creativity;’ and 3) ‘Flourishing Communities: Communal Ecologies and Places.’ We prefer applicants with an honours degree or masters degree in a field related to early Christian studies such as classics; New Testament Studies; ancient Judaism; patristics; late antique studies; historical theology; or Byzantine studies.

Interested candidates should contact Associate Professor Matthew Crawford before applying.

The Vandal Renaissance: Latin Literature in Post-Roman Africa (435-534CE).

ACU is a partner organisation to this ARC-funded project, which is based at the University of Sydney. The project has four chief investigators: Assoc. Prof. Paul Roche (Sydney), Prof. Richard Miles (Sydney), Dr Anne Rogerson (Sydney), and Dr Michael Hanaghan (ACU). The project aims to investigate the Latin literature of the Vandal kingdom of North Africa. It expects to identify a vibrant literary culture that celebrated multicultural diversity, embraced the Classical tradition, and contributed to Christian theology, while helping form a distinct Vandal identity. Expected outcomes include a more detailed understanding of the intellectual influences on Vandal African authors, the mechanics of Vandal court patronage, and the breadth of these authors’ contribution to the history of Latin literature.

The PhD thesis will constitute a ‘deepdive’ into one of the texts of the project, (Dracontius, Luxorius, Corippus, Victor of Vita, Quodvultdeus, Fulgentius of Ruspe, Fulgentius the Mythographer, selections from the Anthologia Latina, or any other Latin literature produced in Vandal North Africa between 435-534CE). It may take the form of a full-scale edition with commentary or an exploration into the relationship of the text to classical literature and contemporary contexts.

Interested candidates should contact Dr Michael Hanaghan before applying.

Religious Mobilities: Medieval and Early Modern Europe and the World

A major new international research collaboration with partners in Leuven, London, Princeton, Stanford, and Toronto, ‘Religious Mobilities’ seeks to investigate the multiple and intersecting roles that religion has played in relation to mobility in this critical period for the formation of a globalised world. We are seeking applications from students who are interested in developing projects engaging the broad theme of mobility and the links or entanglements between Europe and the wider world. Proposals should relate to one of the Religious Mobilities project’s three strands:

  • 1. Pathways of Power focuses on organisations and structures, and on their capacity to cultivate, manage, and restrict mobility.
  • 2. Mobile Matter focuses on the mobility of materials and objects of religion.
  • 3. Crossroads of Communication focuses on the nature of pre-modern communication in religious contexts.

Interested candidates should contact Prof. Megan Cassidy-Welch before applying.

Please visit the ACU website for further details.