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Scholarship details

RTP2021 R2 Climate Action and the Internet

Status: Open

Applications open: 15/07/2020
Applications close: 1/09/2020

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About this scholarship

As we approach a wide range of environmental tipping points, action on climate justice becomes ever more urgent. The Internet has become a key space for organising, activism, and advocacy around climate justice, especially during the pandemic when many other avenues are no longer accessible. At the same time, the Internet and associated digital technologies have been implicated in the acceleration of capitalism and the expansion of surveillance (including its use against environmental activists). Although there is already a substantial body of research on the climate justice movement, we would benefit from further research that looks specifically at the challenges posed, and opportunities offered, by the Internet for activists in Australia. This includes a wide range of potential approaches, including research on Indigenous climate justice activism online; immigrants’ involvement in online climate justice networks; how climate justice activists are using social media to organise; the use of the Internet in regenerative agriculture; attempts to propagate local action, such as climate victory gardens; the creation of online infrastructure for climate action; and advocacy for policy change.

The proposed project should engage with, and contribute to, existing climate action efforts and/or networks. We are particularly interested in projects developed using methodologies that are grounded in and driven by local communities, including communities which are frequently excluded from political and economic power structures. 

  • Future Students
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Higher Degree by Research
  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • International Student
  • Merit Based

Total value of the annual scholarships (stipend and fees) is approx. $60,000 - $70,000 p.a.

Curtin PhD Stipends are valued at $28,092 p.a. for up to a maximum of 3.5 years.

Successful applicants will receive a 100% Fee offset.

Scholarship Details


All applicable HDR courses

·         English language IELTS level of: 6.5.

·         Relevant undergraduate degree, which may include Communications, Political Science, Human Rights, Aboriginal/Indigenous Studies, or other areas relevant to the                 topic.

·         Honours, masters, or significant experience with research and writing outside of academia.

·         Demonstrated ability to work autonomously.

·         Demonstrated involvement in climate action.

·         Demonstrated ability to engage with marginalised communities and/or groups.

Application process

To apply for this project opportunity applicants must submit an email to the contact Project lead listed below. The email must include their current curriculum vitae, a summary of their research skills and experience and the reason they are interested in this specific project.

The Project Lead will select one preferred applicant for this project and complete a Primary reference on their behalf. 

After confirmation from the Project Lead that they will receive a primary reference for this project the applicant must submit an eApplication for admission into the applicable HDR course no later than 1st September 2020.

All applicants must send an external referee template to their chosen external reference. 

All references are confidential and must be submitted by the referee directly to no later than 1st September 2020.

Scholarship applications submitted without a primary reference or a completed application for admission will be considered incomplete.

For further information on the application process or for more RTP2021 Round 2 scholarship project opportunities visit: 

Enrolment Requirements

Eligible to enrol in a Higher Degree by Research Course at Curtin University by March 2021


To apply for this project opportunity email your current curriculum vitae, a summary of their research skills and experience and the reason you are interested in this specific project to:

Name: Dr Sky Croeser


Contact Number: 0466 599 092

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