PhD Scholarship in Disability, Technology and Society

Monash University
September 27, 2023
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PhD Scholarship in Disability, Technology and Society

Job No.: 656099

Location: Clayton 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 $33,000 AUD per annum 2023 full-time rate (tax-free stipend), indexed plus allowances as per RTP stipend scholarship conditions at: www. students/scholarships/scholarship-policy-and-procedures. 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 part of an establishment grant for the Monash Assistive Technology and Society Centre.

The MATS Centre helps people living with disabilities to lead self-directed lives. Emerging technologies have the potential to break down many of the barriers people with disabilities face at school, university, work and in the social sphere. Our work is guided by on-the-ground partnerships with the community to ensure we're addressing real problems faced by real people – creating a lasting impact.

This PhD project will explore an area of research focus within MATS. The precise details of the PhD project are open to negotiation, but it must consider the contemporary experiences of people with a disability and be designed with the aim of making a positive difference to their life experience. Projects should fall into one (or more) of the following themes:

  • Disability and Technology, including use of bespoke and/or mainstream technology for disability inclusion and/or barriers to access
  • Disability and Education, including experience using technological and other aids in the classroom, barriers to participation and the particular challenges of making STEM education more accessible to students with a disability
  • Disability and Work, including experience using technological and other aids in the workplace, barriers to participation and the particular challenges of making STEM careers more accessible to people with a disability
  • The proposed project may focus on the experience of people with disability in Australia or other parts of the world where the student and/or supervisory team have strong links to relevant disability communities.

    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 and network that has been developed by the Centre. Second, the candidate will benefit from expert supervision from research leaders in social science, 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), funded symposia, community- engagement exercises, and future grant applications.

    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 Clayton campus in Melbourne. Social Science at Monash is diverse and vibrant, including research expertise in geography, sociology, politics and sustainability transitions. We have a strong and supportive research culture, led by internationally recognised scholars successful in attracting national and international competitive funding.

    Candidate Requirements

    The successful applicant will have an excellent academic track record in Social Science. They will be able to demonstrate strong links to disability communities through lived experience of disability and/or track record of successful work/co-research with people with disabilities. Candidates who identify as having a disability are strongly encouraged to apply.

    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 on campus. Scholarship holders must normally be enrolled full-time, but those with a disability/health condition that precludes full-time enrolment can be considered for part-time enrolment.

    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 Louisa Willoughby, School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, [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 Louisa Willoughby, please submit your Expression of Interest Form and indicate that you are applying for a “Special Scholarship Scheme – PhD Scholarship in in Disability, Technology and Society”.

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

    Closing Date

    Wednesday 27 September 2023, 11:55pm AEST

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