Australian Research Council - Australian Society, History and Culture: Between Indian and Pacific Oceans: Reframing Australian Literatures PhD Scholarship

Applications open
21 October 2020
Applications close
16 November 2020
Payment per year
$28,597 per annum (tax-exempt) - indexed annually
up to 3 years
Postgraduate Research
Australian Citizens
Australian Permanent Residents
New Zealand Citizens
Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holders
Type of Scholarship
Available In
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics (ABLE)
Available To

Applications are invited for a scholarship leading to the degree of PhD in the School Humanities (Department of English and Creative Writing), University of Adelaide. 

This project aims to analyse the presence and role of Pacific and Indian Oceans in Australian literature from the mid-nineteenth century until the present. Using innovative approaches developed from interdisciplinary oceanic and archipelagic studies, the project aims to generate new knowledge about how Australian culture has formed in relation to these oceanic regions and to contribute to current debates about Australia’s place in the world.

The appointee will also be affiliated with the Stories from the South research cluster in the School of Humanities. 

The Higher Degree candidate will develop a stand-alone study within this project under the supervision of both Chief Investigators and will also have the opportunity to participate in regular project meetings, workshops and symposiums. Possible research topics could include enquiries into one or more of the following areas within the broad field of Australian literatures and which engage specifically with the Pacific and/or Indian oceans:

  • Anthropocene oceans
  • Archipelagic configurations
  • Coastal and/or estuarine imaginaries
  • Genre at sea
  • Geopolitics at sea
  • Literary tourism
  • Literatures of Australia’s labour diasporas
  • Marine ecologies and/or multispecies relations
  • Maritime and/or coastal labour and/or leisure practices
  • Migrant and/or refugee writing
  • Nineteenth-century travel writing
  • Oceanic histories
  • Pelagic and/or territorial waters
  • Sea Country / Saltwater Country
  • Submarine imaginaries

Potential candidates will be invited to submit short proposals (approx. 1,000 words) for consideration. In the first instance, please send an expression of interest to Mandy Treagus (email below) to receive further information on the application procedure.


  • Applicants will have a minimum of Honours 2A result or equivalent in literary studies or related disciplines
  • must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia, citizens of New Zealand, or permanent humanitarian visa holders at the time of application.

The candidate will commence their studies by no later than 1 May 2021

Further information available from:  Associate Professor Mandy Treagus, email:

Applying: Short-listed candidates will need to submit an Application for Admission using the Online Application Form available at: