PhD Scholarship in Extinction Imaginaries

PhD Scholarship in the environmental humanities for an ARC Linkage Project Extinction Imaginaries: Mapping Affective Visual Cultures in Australasia

$33,826 per annum for 3.5 years

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You must meet RMIT eligibility criteria for a PhD.

Prepare your Application Materials:
Curriculum Vitae (CV)/Resume: Highlight your educational background, research experience, industry experience (if applicable), skills, and any publications or relevant achievements.
Academic Transcript: Obtain an official copy of your academic transcript showcasing your grades and academic performance, particularly highlighting your high distinction (HD) mark or equivalent.

Expression of Interest: Although not explicitly mentioned, it is likely that you will be required to submit an expression of interest if you are shortlisted. This document typically includes a research proposal or statement outlining your research interests, motivations, and how your experience aligns with the PhD scholarship.
Compose an Email:

Address the email to
Use a clear and professional subject line, such as "PhD Scholarship Application - Extinction Imaginaries."
Begin the email with a formal salutation, such as "Dear Professor Williams."
Write a Cover Letter:
Introduce yourself and express your interest in the PhD scholarship opportunity in Extinction Imaginaries
Mention your academic background, research experience, and any relevant industry experience.
Highlight your high distinction (HD) mark or equivalent, and briefly explain why you are well-suited for this scholarship.
Express your interest/willingness in working with an ARC research team
Attach Application Materials:

Attach your CV/resume, academic transcript, and any other documents requested in the scholarship application guidelines.
Save the files in a commonly used format such as PDF, ensuring they are well-organized and clearly labelled.

We seek a candidate with excellent research skills (preferably with a degree with a High Distinction) and independent judgement, some track record in research publications, and lively intellectual engagement in the aims of the ARC project from a candidate working in one or more of the following fields:environmental history; history & theories of the emotions; extinction studies; histories and theories of human-animal relations; cultural geography; visual culture and social theory.

RMIT University is offering a PhD Scholarship as part of an ARC Linkage Project Extinction Imaginaries: Mapping Affective Visual Cultures in Australasia (LP2201001) led by Emeritus Professor Linda Williams. This project investigates what animal extinction means to Australians. Australasia has the highest global extinction rates, yet despite the wide circulation of visual images of extinction very little is known about how they affect people. The project will investigate the changing global imaginary of recent species extinction by using new methodologies for mapping the emotional meaning of images of extinction in visual cultures. The aim is that our findings will result in research translations that NGOs will continue to apply in raising awareness of environmental change. These collaborative research translations will address public concern for the deteriorating ecosystems that future generations will inherit.
We are looking for doctoral candidate to examine an aspect of human responses to extinction related to the aims of the project, that will provide the opportunity to be part of a research team comprising scholars from RMIT, WSU, Macquarie and the University of Canterbury and NGO partners Saffron Aid and Greenpeace. The PhD project would suit candidates with a background in one or more of the following fields of research:

  • environmental history
  • history & theories of the emotions
  • extinction studies
  • histories and theories of human-animal relations
  • cultural geography
  • visual culture and social theory.

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