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Scholarship details

2022 RTP Social consequences of natural resource abundance

Status: Open

Applications open: 12/07/2021
Applications close: 30/08/2021

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About this scholarship

This project will assess whether natural resource abundance sustains or exacerbates social inequalities defined by gender and ethnicity in a wide range of dimensions. It will also identify policy-relevant institutional factors that underlie differences in gender- and ethnicity-based inequalities between resource-abundant communities. In the first instance, the Project will produce in-depth Australia-wide evidence on the contemporary and historical links between resource abundance and social inequalities. It will then be extended to an international setting using a series of novel empirical analyses of macro- and micro-level large-scale datasets. The results will make a positive contribution to policy-making by identifying policy interventions that can mitigate the ill effects of the natural resource sector and maximize its contribution to socio-economic wellbeing and growth. 

  • Future Students
  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Higher Degree by Research
  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • 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 $28,597 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

• The applicant must have completed a Bachelor degree with First Class Honours, or be regarded as having an equivalent level of attainment.
• The applicant should have demonstrated strong background and skills in quantitative research methods. 
• The applicant should meet the language requirement set for entry to Curtin’s PhD in Economics degree. 

Application process

If this project excites you, and your research skills and experience are a good fit for this specific project, you should email the project lead, expressing your interest (EOI) in this project.

Your EOI email should include your current curriculum vitae, a summary of your research skills and experience and the reason you are interested in this specific project.

Enrolment Requirements

Eligible to enrol in a Higher Degree by Research Course at Curtin University by March 2022


To enquire about this project opportunity contact the Project lead (listed below).

Name: Associate Professor Astghik Mavisakalyan 


Contact Number: 9266 4412

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