PhD Scholarship, Contesting Australian Sport Culture

Gold Coast, Australia
14 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
31 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

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The opportunity

Dr Adele Pavlidis has been awarded a DECRA to investigate the growing visibility of women in contact sports in Australia and the multiple forces that influence their participation. The project seeks to generate new knowledge in the area of feminist theory, cultural theory, and sport management. Expected outcomes of this project include enhanced capacity of contact sports to include and support women's participation through policies and practices that work towards gender equality and long-term sustainability. The rise of women's participation in contact sport has made gender inequity and opportunity visible in new ways through public debate about Australian cultural life. This project will provide insight into the forces driving change and identify strategies for the development of equitable policies and practices that will sustain women's participation into the future. The research will advance knowledge about the transformation of sport cultures across all levels.

A PhD Scholarship is available to undertake a project aligned with the DECRA, working with Dr. Adele Pavlidis (and a suitable associate supervisor at Griffith University). The candidate will have an Honours I degree in sociology, cultural studies, leisure studies, sport management, feminist theory, or related discipline.

The candidate will be based in the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research and the School or Languages, Humanities and Social Science on the Gold Coast.

About you

The selection of applicants for the award of higher degree research scholarships at Griffith University involves consideration of your academic merit and research background. To be successful within this role, you will likely have a background in cultural studies, sociology, cultural geography or sport management or related disciplines.

  • This scholarship is open to domestic and international applicants
  • Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete, a bachelors degree with honours equivalent to first class honours and be intending to enrol full-time in an approved doctoral program in the School of Languages, Humanities and Social Science.
  • New candidates may apply

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 apply

Please DO NOT press the 'Apply' button.

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Adele Pavlidis at in the first instance to discuss project and suitability.

Please include:

  • Statement addressing your suitability for the project/scholarship
  • A brief CV
  • Two references

The preferred applicant will then be invited to apply in the annual scholarship round by following the process for applying for entry to the Griffith Higher Degree Research program, which includes a section for scholarship applications. When applying for entry, the preferred applicant should specify the 'Contesting Australian Sport Culture: Women and the Rise of Contact Sport' under 'Other' as an additional scholarship they wish to be considered for as part of their application.

  • Application guide
  • How to apply

The annual scholarship round closes on 17 September 2019 for international applicants and 1 October 2019 for domestic applicants and Griffith University international graduates. Please see the key date page for further information about the annual scholarship round.

Further information

For project related enquiries please contact:

Dr. Adele Pavlidis Phone: (07) 5678 0318 Email:

Griffith Graduate Research School Phone: (07) 3735 3817 Email:

Closing date: Saturday, 31 August 2019 at 5pm AEST.

All Expressions of Interest applications should be sent to