PhD Scholarship in Australian Performance Comedy as an Agent of Change

Monash University
September 20, 2023
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PhD Scholarship in Australian Performance Comedy as an Agent of Change

Job No.: 655761

Location: Caulfield campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 3.5-year fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: The successful applicant will receive a Research Living Allowance, at current value of $33,000AUD per annum 2023 full-time rate (tax- free stipend), indexed plus allowances as per RTP stipend scholarship conditions at: www. research/study/scholarships/scholarship-policy-and-procedures. Domestic applicants will be prioritised, however, a tuition fee scholarship and Single Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) will be provided for a successful international awardee.

The Opportunity

This PhD scholarship is funded as an important part of an ARC funded Linkage project Comedy Country: Australian Performance Comedy as an Agent of Change , conducted by Associate Professor Tony Moore and Professor Steve Vizard.

Funding is for a PhD scholarship on the topic of political, social and cultural impact of Australian performance comedy, both live and mediated. The PhD will form an important part of the ARC Linkage Project Comedy Country , that investigates the development of comic performance across stage, cinema, radio, television and streaming, focussing on its transformational relationship with, and impact on, Australian society, culture and the creative industries from the aftermath of World War 2 until the present. The project's key hypothesis is that since the 1950s comic performance has not merely reflected a changing Australia but helped drive social and cultural change and the generation of national and other identities, including Indigenous. Led by Monash, the four-year interdisciplinary project brings together leading media, cultural and performance studies academics, from three Australian universities, in partnership with two festivals, six cultural collecting organisations and a media production company to build interdisciplinary Humanities and industry collaborations in digital methods for archive research and transmedia communication. As well as publications, Comedy Country is producing an online text and audio-visual hub that presents findings and original digitised archive material, short documentaries, podcasts, data visualisations and content for a travelling digital exhibition.

Undertaking this PhD as part of a larger project has several advantages. First, the successful candidate will be integrated into an already successful research agenda that has been funded by the Australian Research Council, and will have access to funding to support fieldwork, transcription, travel, and conference attendance. Second, the candidate will benefit from expert supervision from research leaders in cultural and media studies, performance studies, and cultural history, and from entering a PhD with a pre-existing structure. Finally, the candidate will benefit from being part of outcomes from the research, which may include co-authored publications (where the candidate's contributions will be recognised through co-authorship), as well as some of the multimedia outputs such as short documentaries and exhibition content, funded symposia, school-engagement exercises, and future grant applications. As the project partners with Arts Centre Melbourne, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the State Libraries of Victoria and South Australia, the Adelaide Festival, the Adelaide Fringe, the South Australian History Trust and media production company Roar Film the successful applicant will benefit from industry experience and be eligible for an internship hosted by one of these partners.

Monash University is the largest university in Australia and regularly ranks in the top 100 universities worldwide. Monash has six globally networked campuses and international alliances in Europe and Asia. The applicant will be based at the Caulfield campus in Melbourne. The School of Media, Film and Journalism (MFJ) where Lead Chief Investigator Tony Moore and Chief Investigator Steve Vizard and the PhD candidate are based has a strong record in ARC funded research, a robust PhD program, and enjoys productive partnerships with government and industry and in publicly accessible outputs such as documentaries. The School of MFJ has established purpose-built studios and editing facilities for translation of research into community-engaged media, spearheading its leadership in digital story-telling research and practice.

Candidate Requirements

The successful applicant will have an excellent academic track record in Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Performance Studies, Humour Studies, Cultural History, or other relevant discipline (e.g., Indigenous Studies, Film Studies, Cultural and Creative Industries, Literary Studies,). The successful candidate will have experience of archive or interview research methods or and evidence of expertise (such as publications or media practice) in one of the above disciplines.

In its assessment, the selection committee will prioritise applicants who hold an Australian (or equivalent international) Honour's or Master's degree (both in a relevant field), with a significant research component and with first-class honours/H1 awarded.

Details of eligibility requirements, including English-language proficiency skills, to undertake a PhD in the Faculty of Arts are available at www. Applicants should ensure they familiarise themselves with these requirements before deciding whether they should apply.

Scholarship holders must be enrolled full-time and on campus. Please note: applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered.

The successful applicant will be expected to enrol by December 2023. However, there may be some flexibility as to the date of commencement.


Associate Professor Tony Moore, School of Media, Film and Journalism, [email protected]

Submit an Expression of Interest

EOIs shall comprise:

  • A cover letter that includes a brief statement of the applicant's suitability
  • A brief research proposal not exceeding 750 words in length that fits within the broad project aims and objectives, and demonstrates some understanding of the area of research
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works, conference presentations and relevant work experience
  • A full statement of academic record, supported by scanned copies of relevant certified documentation
  • English language proficiency test results (if applicable)
  • Contact details of two academic referees
  • Copy of your current passport (if available)
  • Once you have discussed your EOI with Associate Professor Tony Moore please submit your Expression of Interest Form and indicate that you are applying for a “Special Scholarship Scheme – PhD Scholarship in Australian Performance Comedy as an Agent of Change”.

    Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by Zoom video call. The interviews will be conducted in English.

    Closing Date

    Wednesday 20 September 2023, 11:55pm AEST

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