PhD Scholarship Opportunities on Rights and Dignity
Job No.: 595778
Location: Monash University, Clayton campus, Australia
Employment type: Full-time
Duration: 3 year and 3 month fixed-term appointment
Remuneration: Stipend value of $27,872 AUD per annum, plus allowances
Two projects are available for two PhD candidates to carry out research on: one, the topic of rights and dignity in early modern philosophy; and two, the place of dignity in human rights and/or health care.
Project One: The student’s research will be connected to a larger project, ‘The Philosophical Foundations of Women’s Rights: A New History, 1600-1750’, funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project grant (project no. DP190100019, 2019–22). The research team for this project comprises Associate Professor Jacqueline Broad (Monash) together with Prof. Deborah Brown (UQ) and Prof. Marguerite Deslauriers (McGill, Canada). The purpose of the project is to show that the history of women’s rights is much longer and richer than previously thought. The project expects to generate a new understanding of feminist history by investigating several texts calling for the recognition of women’s dignity, worth, nobility, and excellence (cognate concepts to rights) in England and Europe from 1600 to 1750, against the backdrop of the rise of Cartesianism.
The successful candidate(s) will be expected to carry out independent research that complements this larger project in some way. For example, research proposals might focus on wider philosophical issues to do with rights and dignity in this period, or examine a single movement or group of early modern philosophers, or a single male or female philosopher. Proposals that fall outside the early modern time period will be considered, provided that they are relevant to the larger project. The precise details of the PhD research are flexible and responsive to the successful applicant’s expertise and interests, in consultation with the supervisors.
Project Two: The student’s research will be connected to a larger project, ‘Conferring Dignity in Law and Health Care’, funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project grant (project no. DP190100734). The Lead Investigator for this project is Linda Barclay (Monash). The research team is Suzy Killmister (Monash), Paul Formosa (Macquarie), Oliver Sensen (Tulane) and John Tasioulas (KCL). The purpose of this project is to develop a new and more inclusive philosophical conception of dignity. A conception of dignity as something conferred will be developed, and the case made that such dignity can and should be conferred on all human beings. The expected outcome is a new understanding of the importance of dignity in human rights law and in health care services.
The successful candidate will be expected to carry out independent research that complements this larger project in some way. For example, research proposals might focus on philosophical conceptions of dignity, the meaning and function of dignity in human rights law, and whether medical ethics should include respect for dignity as an independent value. The precise details of the PhD research are flexible and responsive to the successful applicant’s expertise and interests, in consultation with the supervisors.
The successful candidate(s) will be supervised by researchers in the Philosophy department within the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies. As one of Australia’s leading centres for philosophical research, Monash Philosophy received a top rating of 5 in the 2018 Excellence in Research Australia ranking exercise, indicating an “outstanding performance well above world standard”. The department as a whole has a well-established track record of success in research publications and grants, including six ARC Future Fellowships and at least 15 ARC Discovery Projects in the past ten years.
n addition to the scholarship, research candidates in the Philosophy Graduate Research Program also have access to funding for research trips spanning conferences and major events relevant to their own independent research, as well as other research-related expenses.
Monash University is the largest university in Australia and regularly ranks in the top 100 universities worldwide. Monash has six globally networked campuses and international alliances in Europe and Asia. The applicant(s) will be based at the Clayton campus in Melbourne.
The successful applicant will receive a Faculty of Arts Research Living Allowance, at current value of $27,872 per annum 2019 full-time rate (tax-free stipend), indexed plus allowances as per RTP stipend scholarship conditions at: https://www.monash.edu/graduate-research/future-students/scholarships/scholarship-policy-and-procedures.
The Faculty will provide the tuition fee scholarship and Single Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) for a successful international awardee.
Please note: Applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered.
The successful applicant will have an excellent academic track record in philosophy or other relevant disciplines (e.g. politics, law, history of ideas, or feminist theory).
Applicants will be considered provided that they fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University. Details of eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD in the Faculty of Arts are available at https://arts.monash.edu/graduate-research/application-process/.
Candidates will be required to meet Monash admission requirements which include English-language proficiency skills. Scholarship holders must be enrolled full-time and on campus.
Successful applicants will be expected to enrol before March 2020. However, there may be some flexibility as to the date of commencement.
For more details about the research project please contact:
Project 1: Assoc. Prof. Jacqueline Broad, Philosophy Department, SOPHIS, Monash University, Clayton, VIC, 3800, Jacqueline.Broad@monash.edu
Project 2: Dr Linda Barclay, Philosophy Department, SOPHIS, Monash University, Clayton, VIC, 3800, Linda.Barclay@monash.edu
Submit an Expression of Interest
Applicants will need to submit an Expression of Interest to the Arts Graduate Research office via this link: https://arts.monash.edu/graduate-studies/graduate-research/how-to-apply
EOIs shall comprise:
- A cover letter that includes a brief statement of the applicant’s suitability, clearly indicating the project being applied to.
- A research proposal not exceeding 750 words in length
- A curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works, conference presentations and relevant work experience
- A full statement of academic record, supported by scanned copies of relevant certified documentation
- Contact details of two academic referees
Once an EOI is submitted, applicants will be required to notify the office separately by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, over Skype if necessary. The interviews will be conducted in English.
Thursday 31 October 2019, 11:55 pm AEDT