New PhD Scholarships being offered through IASH

15 Sep 2017

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities PhD Scholarships

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) was founded in July 2015. It seeks to promote high level research in traditional humanities disciplines such as history, philosophy, and literature, while also engaging with more recent developments in the humanities and other fields, including cultural studies, communication, politics and international studies, and science communication.

The Institute consists of a number of full-time research-focused academics, postdoctoral fellows, faculty fellows, and visiting fellows. IASH is supported by strategic funding from the UQ Senior Executive and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Most of its specific research projects are funded by external grants.

The Scholarships

In conjunction with the School of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) and the School of Communication and Arts (SCA) the Institute is offering up to 4 PhD scholarships (domestic and international) to study under one of two research projects. 

Project 1: Justice, Recognition, and Power in World Politics

The contemporary international order is being reshaped by shifting configurations of power, new articulations of cultural difference, and competing justice claims. These developments challenge our most basic theoretical, empirical, and normative assumptions, leaving us poorly equipped to understand the dynamics of contemporary global change. This project will investigate the nature and complex interconnection between these developments, seeking to enhance theory, revise historical understandings, and better inform normative reasoning.

Successful applicants will be supervised by Professor Christian Reus-Smit. While all dissertation projects that engage the project’s central themes will be considered, we are particularly interested in projects that are conceptually and theoretically innovative, draw on diverse Western and non-Western histories, or explore the ethical implications of shifting relations between justice, recognition, and power.

Project 2: Literary and Book History after Colonialism

Australian settler modernity was shaped by distinct orders of knowledge that can be traced through literary history and studies of print culture. The key aim of Associate Professor Anna Johnston’s ARC Future Fellowship project is to provide fresh and challenging readings of Australia’s literary and cultural history, and to map the aftermath of colonialism in contemporary culture.

Successful applicants will be supervised by Associate Professor Anna Johnston. While all relevant dissertation projects will be considered, proposals that articulate with Fellowship themes and approach are encouraged. Indicative projects could include:

  • Settler colonialism and Australian literature, past and present
  • Colonial science and natural history publications
  • Travel writing
  • Missionary writing
  • Archival or book history projects, particularly using UQ’s Fryer Library and / or AustLit
  • Non-fictional prose and literary studies

Students in literary studies, cultural and intellectual history, and postcolonial cultural studies are encouraged to apply and to refine their proposal in consultation with the project leader.


To be eligible, you must:

  • Be assessed by the Graduate School as meeting all conditions for admission to the research higher degree program.
  • Have an academic qualification equivalent to an Australian Bachelor’s degree with Honours Class I.
  • Not hold a qualification at the same or a higher level than the research higher degree program you are undertaking.

How to Apply

To apply for admission and this scholarship please visit the UQ Graduate School website and review instructions.

The closing date for applications is 1 November 2017, however UQ reserves the right to award the scholarship at any time.

Further Enquiries

Project 1 enquiries: Professor Christian Reus-Smit (

Project 2 enquiries: Associate Professor Anna Johnston (