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Are you a humanitarian practitioner with an idea for a research project? Are you interested in becoming a ‘pracademic’? Are you keen to build your research skills to contribute to change in the global aid system?

Deakin University is seeking individuals that are passionate about pursuing humanitarian-related topics in a fully-funded and well-supported PhD program.

Deakin is home to Faculties of Arts and Education, Business and Law, Health, and Science, Engineering and Built Environment, as well as the Institute for Frontier Materials, Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation, and the Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute. The Faculty of Arts and Education includes the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership and the Development-Humanitarian Research Group.

About us

The Centre for Humanitarian Leadership is an innovative collaboration between Deakin University and Save the Children that combines good humanitarian practice with academic rigour. The Centre sits within the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University.

We engage in collaborative research that informs, impacts, and influences real-world leadership in humanitarian contexts. Our research agenda looks beyond the academic to how communities, organisations and individuals are meeting the challenge of leadership in the humanitarian system and a changing world.

About you

We are looking for prospective PhD or Masters of Research candidates with backgrounds in the areas of humanitarian and/or development aid. Applications are being accepted across faculties and disciplines.

We encourage applications on topics that deal with humanitarian aid and response. Successful candidates will receive scholarships of $28,092 p.a. for three years (or two years for Masters). Learn more about scholarships at Deakin here.

How to apply

To apply, please identify and contact a prospective Deakin supervisor as soon as possible to discuss your project. Information on finding a supervisor is available here.

Applications for 2020 are also being accepted on a rolling basis from now until 30 September. Successful applicants must commence their studies on or before 30 November 2020. 

Please note

Competitive applicants typically require an Honours degree with a first-class result, or equivalent (e.g minor thesis). Information about the application process is here.

Applicants must be Australian citizens, permanent residents or international students currently in Australia pursuing full-time HDR study.