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This PhD position is being offered through an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship project, Humanitarian Emergencies & Forced Displacement.

The PhD scholar will contribute to the ARC project through a specific focus on collecting and analysing mixed method data from one of the case studies - Europe’s hot spots and refugee 'crisis’, Horn of Africa emergency, or Myanmar-Bangladesh Rohingya emergency.

The PhD scholar will focus on one of the research priority areas:

  • trafficking
  • child/early marriages
  • exploitative/forced child labour
  • sexual abuse. 

The PhD scholar will be expected to develop and carry out a project that aligns with the broader purpose of the ARC Project: to provide rigorous evidence to enhance community, organisational and government decision-making and program implementation regarding children and young people’s protection in displacement contexts and humanitarian emergencies.

This is an exciting opportunity to undertake cutting-edge research as part of a team of academics, practitioners and community partners, and a cohort of young people working on diverse aspects of displacement and humanitarian protection. The PhD scholar will also have the opportunity to learn from and engage with colleagues in the Department of International Relations, which is currently celebrating the 75th anniversary of its establishment as the first IR department in Australia. 

Candidates with lived experience of displacement are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

    Selection criteria

    Essential selection criteria to be addressed in the application:

    • Well-developed skills in mixed method analysis (knowledge/ experience of data collection in displacement contexts and skills in complex data visualisation is highly desirable)
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Experience in design and implementation of questionnaires
    • A relevant postgraduate or Honours level degree
    • Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills
    • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team


    To be eligible you must:

    • be either a domestic or international candidate.
      Domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship.
    • meet the PhD entry requirements for ANU, including submitting a 5,000 word (excluding bibliography) PhD proposal
    • be enrolling full-time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component.

    The PhD process with eligibility requirements and timelines it outlined here:

    A summary of the ANU PhD Scholarship is provided here:


    Stage 1 – EoI emailed to HDR Convenor for IR Dept.

    • domestic students, any time
    • International students, 31 May latest.


    Stage 2 – Full, formal application through the ANU Application Manager

    • domestic students, 31 March (30 April latest) or 30 September (31 October latest).
    • International students, 31 July (31 August latest).