PhD Scholarship, Southeast Asian Politics

Brisbane, Australia
03 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
28 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About Griffith University

At Griffith University we believe in, strive for and celebrate the remarkable.

We are known for our high impact research, outstanding student experience, our commitment to social justice and our welcoming environment. We rank in the top 2% of universities worldwide and we're proud of our remarkable achievements, of our people and their passion for making a positive difference. Together we contribute to the development of knowledge and learning in an attractive environment which values excellence, equity, diversity, and innovation.

About the research environment

The Griffith Business School is one of four faculties of Griffith University and is comprised of six Departments (Accounting, Finance and Economics; International Business and Asian Studies; Employment Relations and Human Resources; Marketing; Government and International Relations; and Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management). The Griffith Business School is also home to several research centres, most notably the Centre for Governance and Public Policy and the Griffith Asia Institute.

The School of Government and International Relations (SGIR) comprises more than 30 academic staff with a breadth and depth of expertise in political science. Key subfields of expertise include comparative politics, international relations of Asia, policy advice and analysis, leadership and governance, political theory, public sector reform, public integrity and anticorruption, strategic studies as well as federalism and intergovernmental coordination. SGIR oversees several degree programs including the Bachelor of Government and International Relations, the Master of Public Administration and the Master of International Relations.

The School has a vibrant PhD program. The School's primary field of research in Political Science was awarded consecutive ratings of "5" - the highest possible - in the two most recent Excellence in Research for Australia. In the 2017 QS World University Rankings, which includes the criteria of academic and employer reputation, Griffith University was one of only seven Australian universities ranked in the world's top 100 for Politics and International Studies. The School has a close working relationship with the Centre for Governance and Public Policy and the Griffith Asia Institute. In addition, staff are actively engaged with a wide range of external stakeholders in government, industry, and media.

The opportunity

The PhD scholarship will provide funding for a postgraduate research candidate to investigate any topic within the area of Southeast Asian politics. The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Lee Morgenbesser and another staff member.

About you

Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete prior to commencing the doctorate, a Bachelor Degree with first class honours (or equivalent) and be intending to enrol full-time in an approved doctoral program in the School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University.

About the scholarship

The 2019 Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship has an annual stipend of $27,596 (indexed) for a period of up to three years of full-time study. Please see the GUPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

A successful International applicant will also be awarded a Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to cover tuition fees for up to three years. Please see the GUIPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

How to submit an expression of interest

Please do not select the "APPLY" button. All expressions of interest (EOI) must be submitted as set out below:

Interested applicants should submit and expression of interest (EOI) to containing:

  • A brief CV
  • Research proposal
  • Two referees

The preferred applicant will then be invited to apply on-line.

What we offer

As a scholarship holder, you will study with a University that ranks among the top 3% worldwide and spans across five campuses in South East Queensland. At Griffith University, we've worked hard to create a culture that will challenge you to be curious, creative and courageous. We also support the professional and personal development of all our HDR candidates and invest in the skills of our people. Griffith University values diversity, inclusion and flexibility and we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply. Griffith's strategic goals are to also increase the proportion of women in senior academic and administrative roles and in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

Further information

For project related enquiries please contact: Dr Lee Morgenbesser, Research Fellow on +61 (0) 7 3735 6621 or

For administration enquiries please contact Griffith Graduate Research School on +61 (0) 7 3735 3817 or

Closing date: Thursday, 28 February 2019 at 5 pm AEST.