Image-based harms includes (but is not limited to): image-based sexual abuse (the non-consensual sharing, or threats to share, of nude or sexual images); child sexual abuse material; and other abhorrent violent (visual) material disseminated on digital platforms. The PhD thesis will form part of a broader project, funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship, led by Associate Professor Nicola Henry, titled Detecting, Preventing and Responding to Image-Based Abuse: The Role of Digital Platforms and Services.

The candidate will be an integral member of the broader Future Fellowship team and will contribute to the intellectual development of the project, project meetings and conferences, and project outputs (such as co-authored publications). They will be supervised and mentored by Associate Professor Nicola Henry and two other co-supervisors at the Melbourne (CBD) campus at RMIT University.

Value and duration

$28,106/3 years full-time

Number of scholarships available

One (1)


Applicants must:

  • satisfy RMIT University’s Doctor of Philosophy entry requirements;
  • have first-class honours or equivalent in a relevant discipline;
  • international applications must also meet the minimum English language requirements; and
  • meet RMIT’s entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate:

  • first-class honours or equivalent in at least one of the following disciplines: gender studies; law; socio-legal studies; criminology; psychology; or digital studies. 
  • high-level research skills;
  • excellent written and communication skills;
  • demonstrated capacity to work independently and as part of a team;
  • experience in qualitative research, or demonstrated capacity for qualitative research;
  • knowledge of feminist research, methods and/or theories;
  • experience in conducting research or working on sensitive topics;


  • good knowledge of the Australian legal system and international laws governing technology-facilitated abuse and/or online content. 

How to apply

Please submit the following documents to by 31 May 2021:

  • Cover letter, outlining interest and alignment with the proposed research, and addressing the selection criteria; and
  • CV (including the names of two referees).

Open date

Applications are open now.

Close date

31 May 2021.

Further information

As Australian borders are presently closed and unlikely to reopen by June 2021, international applications who are not currently in Australia are ineligible to apply.

Terms and conditions

This scholarship will be governed by RMIT's University Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions.


For further information, you can contact Associate Professor Nicola Henry (