School of Humanities PhD Scholarship - Reconciling with the Frontier: Accounting for Colonial Conflict

Applications open
20 January 2020
Applications close
21 February 2020
Payment per year
3 years
Postgraduate Research
Australian Citizens
Australian Permanent Residents
New Zealand Citizens
Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holders
Type of Scholarship
Financial Need
Available In
Faculty of Arts
Available To

Applications are invited for a scholarship leading to the degree of PhD in the School of Humanities, (Department of History), University of Adelaide 

The scholarship is part of an Australian Research Council Discovery Project, LP190100561: Reconciling with the Frontier: Accounting for Colonial Conflict (Chief Investigators: A/Prof Robert Foster and Prof Amanda Nettelbeck).

The Chief Investigators, who will supervise the successful candidate’s research, are interested in the history and memory of frontier conflict in colonial South Australia, and contemporary efforts at truth telling and reconciliation.  The broader ARC project sets out to produce a polyvocal and community-informed account of the history and historical memory of frontier conflict in South Australia. We will use the interactive and geospatial capabilities of ArcGIS Story Maps technology to produce a publicly accessible database that can accommodate different historical voices.

The successful candidate’s project is expected to be in the field of frontier conflict in South Australia, but is open to a range of different approaches to the subject. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with the project’s industry partners, the South Australian Museum, State Library of South Australia, the History Trust of South Australia, State Records and ReconciliationSA.

Candidates are encouraged to outline (in no more than 250 words) a proposal for a specific thesis topic related to the overall field of study and to discuss their proposal in advance via email (see details below).

Eligibility: Applicants will have a minimum of Honours 2A result or equivalent in History or equivalent discipline, and must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia, citizens of New Zealand, or permanent humanitarian visa holders at the time of application.

Stipend: The scholarship will be for three years’ full-time study, with a stipend of $28,092 per annum (2020 rate) for up to 3 years (indexed annually). It is likely to be tax exempt, subject to Taxation Office approval. The successful candidate will be able to apply for other University of Adelaide HDR funds for which postgraduate students are eligible. Details of other terms and benefits can be found at Conditions for Award.

The successful candidate must commence their studies by 1 May 2020. A later start date may be possible, however approval is not guaranteed.

Enquiries: Associate Professor Robert Foster, email

Applying: Application for Admission must be submitted using the Online Application Form available at:

Please email a summary of your application for admission to Associate Professor Robert Foster, email You can request a copy of your application summary by emailing with the subject heading 'Request for application summary.’