PhD Scholarship in Museum Digital and Social Futures

This PhD scholarship is attached to an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage project that will codesign and evaluate digital and material museum experiences with ACMI.

We are seeking applicants interested in media studies, communication design, digital ethnography and codesign to undertake a PhD exploring museum experiences as they move across digital, social and material spaces and places.

The University will fund the Scholarship for a fixed term of 3 years offering a stipend of $32,841 per annum pro rata (full-time study).

One scholarship available. 

To be considered for the PhD Scholarship, applicants must hold or be currently completing: 

  • a Master by research
  • a Master by coursework with a significant research component graded as high distinction, or equivalent
  • a Honours degree achieving first class honours
  • a 4 year bachelor degree achieving a GPA of 4 or equivalent (80% or above).

If you do not hold one of the above qualifications, you will only be considered for scholarship if you have previous publications or significant research experience. All other applicants will be considered ineligible. 

Before applying for the Scholarship, contact Larissa Hjorth and establish if your research is aligned.

Further details on RMIT University’s research strategy can be found here [].

All applicants should email the following to Distinguished Professor Larissa Hjorth,

  • a cover letter, this should detail alignment with research areas at RMIT,
  • your Curriculum Vitae, and
  • a two-page research proposal. The research proposal is a key part of the application process where applicants must demonstrate the value of their research and their suitability for scholarship selection. Your proposal should be divided under the following headings:
  1. Title and topic
  2. Research questions you plan to investigate in the context of existing research/literature in the area
  3. Significance and impact of the research
  4. Methodology/research tasks required to undertake the research. The methodology should include ethnographic and/or codesign components that engage participants in the experience of innovative digital museum content




1st October 2022

Upon approval of a successful application

While the pandemic response has increased people’s use of online platforms and transformed how media content is encountered and distributed, at the same time it has magnified inequalities around digital access and literacy which, in turn, have led to social exclusion. Museums have an opportunity to address these inequalities by experimenting with various modalities of form, content and distribution. With online museum experiences now emerging, a transformation is unfolding as the digital and social is interwoven inside and outside the physical site of the museum. The museum experience stands at a precipice leading us to question how museums might move beyond conventional applications of social media (as push media) towards dynamic digital innovative methods to enhance co-creative social futures? How can the social and participatory affordances of social media be deployed to facilitate co-creative spaces for engaging with museum content in ways that foster sociality and inclusion across physical and digital environments?

Responding to this problem, the aim of the Museum Digital Social Futures project is to address the question: How can we learn from the pandemic by connecting digital innovation to social practices that extend beyond the physical site of the museum to imagine new forms of socially-engaged situated media practice as part of the user experience journey? RMIT researchers will work with ACMI and AMAGA to map, codesign and evaluate museum experiences as they move across digital, social and material spaces and places—especially when that experience moves outside the physical site of the museum and into domestic spaces.

Distinguished Professor Larissa Hjorth,

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.