Location Bond University, Faculty of Society and Design
App. deadline 19/04/2018
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Australian and New Zealand residents

PhD Scholarship - Research Training Program (RTP)

Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship opportunity
Evaluating Australia's Sports Diplomacy

The Department of International Relations within the Faculty of Society and Design at Bond University is seeking a highly motivated, professional and dedicated candidate to undertake the Sports Diplomacy Scholarship, a fully funded three-year PhD. The successful candidate will be engaged in a research project that aims to evaluate the diplomatic impact of sport through the lens of 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

The scholarship falls within a broader program of research made possible through seed funding from the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

The Project

Using the 2018 Commonwealth Games as its primary focus, this project aims to test and measure the efficacy of using sport, sportspeople and sporting events as vehicles for achieving diplomatic objectives. Anchored in DFAT's Sports Diplomacy Strategy (2015-2018) the project will bring a specific focus to the diplomatic potential of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

This PhD candidature will be supervised by Dr. Stuart Murray and Dr. Caitlin Byrne. The successful applicant will be expected to engage with and assist in the development of Bond University's sports diplomacy research program through research assistance, stakeholder engagement, project administration and coordination, and dissemination of research findings - including contribution to edited books, scholarly articles and conference papers.

The successful applicant will also be expected to comply with all Bond University Higher Degree Research policies.

Applicants must meet the entry requirements for a Bond University Higher Degree Research Doctoral degree and qualify to receive Letter of Offer for Admission, issued by Bond University.

The successful applicant will be required to comply with the Terms and Conditions of a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship funded by the Commonwealth Government.

The project will predominantly be carried out at Bond University but may also involve some travel within the Asia - Pacific region.

This scholarship is available to Australian or New Zealand citizens, or those who have been granted permanent residency of Australia only.

Successful applicants will be expected to have:

  • First class honours or a Master's degree in International Relations;
  • Be a domestic student enrolled on-campus;
  • Not be receiving an equivalent award, scholarship or salary providing a benefit greater than 75% of the RTP stipend rate to undertake the Research Higher Degree program. Income from sources unrelated to the course of study is not to be taken into account;
  • Not previously have held a Commonwealth-funded postgraduate research scholarship unless it was terminated within six months of the scholarship's payments commencing;
  • Not have held a qualification at the same or a higher level than the Research Higher Degree program being undertaken for this scholarship;
  • A strong track record of academic success;
  • A professional background, preferably in government relations, policy or programming, community or stakeholder engagement, cultural (including sports) management / administration or a related field;
  • Experience in qualitative research methods and stakeholder engagement;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work autonomously and as a part of a team.

What does the scholarship provide?

The successful full time applicant will be eligible for a tax-free stipend of $26,682 per annum (indexed annually) for up to 3 years, and receive a full fee waiver for their Doctoral degree.
Further information:
To discuss your eligibility for the project, your relevant research interests and your future career goals please email Dr. Caitlin Byrne - caibyrne@bond.edu.au.

Application and submission details:
To apply please submit the following documents to Caitlin Byrne at via email caibyrne@bond.edu.au and follow the below instructions:

  • Provide a Cover Letter explaining your interest and relevant background for this project;
  • Include copies of your relevant university transcripts and current CV;
  • Including a list of any conference presentations or journal articles submitted - accepted or published;
  • Provide the names and contact information of two Academic referees, under whose guidance you have worked or studied;
  • Lodge an Expression of Interest with the Faculty of Society and Design;
  • Apply for admission to Bond University Higher Degree Research (HDR) Program. 
  • If you are successful with your application for Admission to the Bond University HDR, and you have received a Letter of Offer for enrolment, you must also submit an application for this scholarship through the Bond University Research website portal Apply for Scholarship

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