ACU Research


ACU offers a range of prestigious scholarships to reward outstanding academic achievement.

Scholarships are available to both domestic and international research candidates looking to undertake a research course.

A generous living allowance is attached to most scholarships. Scholarships for international research candidates also cover tuition fees and Overseas Student Health Cover. (Domestic research candidates are exempt from tuition fees for the normal duration of their course.)

Scholarship opportunities for research candidates are listed below. Conditions of Award and the closing dates for applications can be viewed by clicking on the relevant link.


ACU Faculty, Research Institute and School Scholarships

  • Transgender Australians: The History of an Identity

    Australian Catholic University, School of Arts, Melbourne

    History at ACU was judged ‘world-class’ in the most recent 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) review. Our historians undertake leading edge academic research as well as making significant contributions to important public debates. Our scholars have diverse research interests in social, cultural and political history, but pay special attention to issues of social justice connected to sexuality, gender, race, class and young people.

    Research scholarship: Transgender Australians: The History of an Identity

    There is one full-time scholarship available for a PhD by Creative Project, to undertake research related to the ARC-funded project ‘Transgender Australians: The History of an Identity’. This project aims to produce a history that traces the emergence of transgender identities in Australia since the early twentieth century. Using oral histories, archives and media, the project intends to analyse shifting medical, legal, cultural and popular discourses about transgenderism, as well as study how evolving societal attitudes have affected the lives of gender diverse people. By revealing transgender people’s untold histories, the goal of the project is to explore the ways gender diverse Australians have confronted both internal and external struggles to express their identities amidst changing social norms. The outcomes are anticipated to inform current debates about transgender rights, healthcare provision and social inclusion.

    The successful applicant will be expected to produce both a documentary film of at least 30 minutes and a thesis of approximately 50,000 words. More information about the requirements for a PhD by Creative Project are available in Section 6 of the Guidelines on the Preparation and Presentation of a Research or Professional Doctoral Thesis for Examination.

    We invite PhD applicants to submit a proposal that falls under the remit of this project of 2,500 words in length, outlining the specific area of research, aims, methodology, feasibility, timeline, a preliminary survey of sources and explanation of the envisioned documentary. The proposal should also clearly explain how the project will produce both an academic thesis and a documentary film for popular consumption. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the project leader to discuss ideas before preparing a proposal.

    The project team is led by Associate Professor Noah Riseman and also includes Dr Fintan Harte of the Australian and New Zealand Professional Association for Transgender Health. The successful candidate will be located in Melbourne.


    Applicants must meet two minimum requirements:

    1. An appropriate undergraduate degree with Honours at a minimum level of Second Class Division A (Hons 2A) or equivalent; or a Master’s degree with appropriate research training in a relevant field; or an equivalent qualification.
    2. Experience producing documentary or other film media from the process of conception, through to research, development, production and post-production.



    • Australian Government Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship (that is, a tuition fee waiver); and
    • A per annum Stipend for 3 years. The 2018 Stipend rate is $27,082 (equivalent to RTP).
    • There is also a film budget built into the project, valued at approximately $34,200 over years two and three of the PhD.

    Scholarship-specific criteria

    • Academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards or grants.
    • Knowledge and research experience in one or more of the following fields: history, Australian studies, gender studies or sexuality studies.
    • Experience producing documentary films for public exhibition either on television or at film festivals and regular cinema.
    • Prior oral history or archival research experience and publication of research findings are desirable.
    • Ability to contribute to a team.
    • Excellent time-management and organisational skills.
    • High level verbal and written English proficiency.


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    Closing date for applications

    12 February 2018

    How to apply

    This scholarship is open to domestic applicants only. Please visit the Graduate Research website and follow the instructions to submit your application.

    Please ensure you clearly state that you wish to apply for the Research scholarship: Transgender Australians: The History of an Identity in the scholarship section on the application form.

    Applicants must also include:

    • A cover letter of no more than three pages outlining their interest in the specific topic area, and providing evidence of how they meet the scholarship-specific criteria listed above.
    • A copy of their CV, focusing especially on their research and film production experience.

    Applications should be sent direct via post or via email to:

    Graduate Research

    P.O. Box 968

    North Sydney NSW 2059



    For more information contact

    A/Prof Noah Riseman,, +61 (3) 9953 3226

Other Scholarships

  • Endeavour Awards

    The Endeavour Awards is the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program providing opportunities for citizens of the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia. Awards are also available for Australians to undertake study, research and professional development abroad.

    Learn more about the Endeavour Awards on the Department of Education and Training website.

    Applications for the 2018 round of Endeavour Scholarships are now open

  • General Sir John Monash Foundation

    The John Monash Scholarships are postgraduate scholarships awarded to outstanding Australians with leadership potential who wish to study overseas. The John Monash Scholarships are amongst the most important postgraduate scholarships currently available in Australia. The Scholarship is open to Australian citizens who have completed an undergraduate degree in Australia and wish to pursue postgraduate study at a university outside of Australia. The Scholarship is not restricted by age, discipline or choice of overseas institution.

  • Australia Awards

    Australia Awards

    Australia Awards is an initiative of the Australian Government that promotes development in the Asia-Pacific region.

    For more information visit Australia Awards