Stage 1: Expression of interest
Prepare an ‘expression of interest’ according to the below instructions and send to email@example.com for review and assessment. You will be contacted once the review is completed and the supervisory capacity is established.
The expression of interest comprises the following parts:
- A short cover letter that:
- Confirms that you will be in residence at ANU for the duration of the program;
- Identifies specific scholars at SDSC with whom you would like to work (please list names only and do not contact these scholars prior to submitting your EOI to the HDR Convenor); and
- Explains how you propose to fund the program.
- A curriculum vitae.
- University transcripts.
- A 5-8 page research proposal that addresses:
- The central research question/s;
- Why that/those questions are important;
- How that/those question/s are informed by and will inform theory or conceptual frameworks;
- Proposed methodology and methods; and
All applicants should include a section in their application detailing the viability of their project in the context of COVID restrictions. This section should either (a) explain how the project is not dependent on travel and/or fieldwork and therefore feasible regardless of restrictions in these domains, or (b) provide a 12-month plan outlining how the project will proceed if the current restrictions on fieldwork and travel continue. Applicants should discuss the viability of their research project under COVID restrictions with their proposed supervisors prior to submitting the application.
Expressions of interest are welcome at any time. However, there are some key dates you should consider.
- The SDSC commencement for PhD students is February of each year.
- Application rounds for scholarship consideration close 31 August (international students) and 31 October (domestic students) of the previous year.
In order to fulfil the requirements of the University’s internal scholarship application process, prospective HDR must meet a number of deadlines which depend on if they are a domestic or an international applicant.
Stage 2: Formal application
If your expression of interest has been accepted, the next stage is to make a formal application to the University for admission and for any relevant scholarships.
The application process for admission and university scholarships is combined, so you will only need to submit one set of documents and forms.
The HDR convenor will work with you to refine your proposal further and shape your application to maximise your chance of scholarship success.
You will need to ensure you apply to the following courses:
- Doctor of Philosophy
- Political and Strategic Studies, with the course code 9510
- Graduate Research Field Political Science
- International Relations