Stage 1: expression of interest
Prospective students interested in applying to our MPhil and PhD program should first submit an expression of interest to the Department’s Higher Degree Research Convenor, Associate Professor Marcus Mietzner. Your expression of interest should include the following:
- An curriculum vitae (CV).
- University transcripts.
- A 5-10 page MPhil or PhD research proposal that addresses:
- The central research question/s;
- Why that/those questions are interesting;
- Why it is new or different in relation to the existing literature in your field;
- A brief statement of the methodology you propose to use; and
- What original contribution you expect to make to our understanding of political and/or social change in Asia.
- Ideally this statement should include a select bibliography of key works.
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.
Applications for admission to the MPhil and PhD programs are accepted on an ongoing basis. However, please keep in mind that: (a) there are deadlines for scholarships; and (b) there are advantages to commencing study early in the Australian academic year (February-March). For one thing, the compulsory seminar in the Department starts in early April
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 Doctor of Philosophy.