University of Adelaide Research Scholarship (Roman History)

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10 January 2022
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3 years
Postgraduate Research
Australian Citizens
Australian Permanent Residents
New Zealand Citizens
Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holders
International Students
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At a time when democracy is under threat around the world, we still have no comparative example of a longstanding democracy falling into authoritarian rule, and we are therefore badly placed to defend our own. This project seeks to create that comparison by studying the Roman republic’s collapse in the 50s BCE with reference to recent scholarship on democratic breakdown and competitive authoritarianism, concepts drawn from political science. The overall project is funded by the Australian Research Council as part of its DECRA scheme, with the title How Republics Die: Rome’s democratic breakdown in the first century BCE. The PhD student will be supported to develop their own independent research project on a subject of relevance to this study.

The University of Adelaide Research Scholarship (Roman History) is funded by the University of Adelaide to support a full-time PhD student who is commencing research in the political history of the late Roman republic or triumviral period.



Applicants must have completed and been awarded a relevant Bachelor Degree with Honours in ancient history or Classics. Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia or New Zealand/international students who are acceptable as candidates for a PhD degree at the University of Adelaide.



The scholarship will be for 3 years and has a stipend of $28,854 (indexed annually) per annum.

It is likely to be tax exempt, subject to Taxation Office approval.  Details of any terms and/or benefits can be found in the attached Conditions of Award.



Contact Person: Dr David Rafferty

School of Humanities

Tel: 0430 053 815                Email:




OPTION 2: Expression of interest

Expressions of interest should be submitted to Dr David Rafferty ( by no later than 10 January 2022 with the name of scholarship in the subject heading. Please ensure you include all of the following documents:


  • Evidence of Australian or New Zealand citizenship, or Australian permanent resident status (if applicable)
  • Degree certificates (testamurs)
  • Academic transcripts
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A preliminary (and informal) research proposal of 200-300 words.


Please note that this scholarship is expected to commence before 30 June 2022. If you are unable to access all necessary administrative documents due to your university’s end of year closure, please still submit what you have.