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Scholarship details

RTP2021 R2 Digital Disability Inclusion across the Lifecourse

Status: Open

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

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About this scholarship

The Digital Inclusion and Media Access program is a hub for interdisciplinary research located within the Centre for Culture and Technology. The program brings together researchers working on understanding the potential of digital media in the context of redesigning and reimagining a more inclusive world for people with disability in particular.

Our work seeks to redefine disability by taking a critical, social model, non-medical approach to disability. We seek to draw attention to way disability is socially created by inflexible attitudes, policies, and procedures. The program is divided in two key areas - access and representation. The Access stream aims to leverage the potential of digital technologies to improve access to and engagement with entertainment, education and everyday life while the representation stream aims to positively influence social attitudes towards people with disability by both improving and increasing representations in media and popular culture.

We seek a PhD candidate to work at the intersections of these two streams to research digital disability inclusion post COVID-19. COVID-19 saw the closure of workplaces, schools and universities across the world along with a civic responsibility to stay and work from home wherever possible. Accessible and flexible digital technologies have made this possible and resulted in a seismic shift in the way we, live, work, study and connect with each other. Will these changes have a lasting impact on inclusion?

While for many this was a major shift, about 20% of the population already knew that accessible digital technologies and flexible study and work options were the key to a full life. This access is highlighted multiple times in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability as essential to the realisation of human rights for people with disability.

Project proposals are welcome in relation to disability inclusion and different experiences across the lifecourse focusing on but not limited to: transitions across life stages, access to work, access to education, community engagement, communicating during a pandemic, making media, art, culture and/ or the mainstream benefits of disability access and inclusion

  • 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

·         Future Higher degree by research applicants

·         Hold or expect to obtain First Class Honours, or be regarded as having an equivalent level of attainment;

·         Have completed an undergraduate Bachelor degree in an area relevant for the doctoral research program;

·         Have an interest in disability studies and the social inclusion of people with disability

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: Professor Katie Ellis


Contact Number: 9266 2506

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