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Curtin University

Art in Conflict PhD Stipend Scholarship

Status: Open
Applications open: 01/03/2018
Applications close: 21/05/2018

About this scholarship

Description/Applicant information
• 3-year stipend scholarship at $27,082 p/a, based in Perth
• Researching with a team of international scholars of art and war
• Rare access to the collection and archives of the Australian War Memorial
The School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry (MCASI) at Curtin University is offering a PhD Scholarship in the area of art and war.  The position is funded by MCASI and is part of the Art in Conflict research project, receiving Australian Research Council Linkage Projects funding.  Art in Conflict is a three-year project examining contemporary war art at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.   The project is led by Curtin University in partnership with the Australian War Memorial (AWM) and the National Trust (NSW), including researchers from the University of Melbourne, UNSW and University of Manchester.   
The PhD candidate will enrol at Curtin University and will ideally be based in Perth, Western Australia, for the duration of the Scholarship, with an additional annual allowance for travel and accommodation to Canberra to work with the  collection and archive of the Australian War Memorial.  The PhD Scholar will ideally commence their research as soon as possible after 4 July 2018. 
Potential topics may include, but are not limited to:
a comparative study of official and non-official responses to war by contemporary artists;
a comparison of the three major contemporary war art commissioning schemes (UK, Canada, Australia);
a study of how a war art commission affects contemporary artists’ subsequent work;
a comparative study of the work of Official War Artists and the work of artists from adversary countries.
Student type
  • Future Students
  • Humanities
Course type
  • Postgraduate Research

Non-gender specific

  • Australian Citizen
Scholarship base
  • Merit Based

$27,082.00 per annum for 3 years

Eligible courses


Eligibility criteria
To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the following:
• Bachelor’s degree with Honours or a Master’s degree in fine art, visual culture, art theory or a related field. Significant relevant    professional experience will also be favourably considered.
• Demonstrated research skills in a field relevant to this project. 
• Demonstrated research interest is aspects of contemporary art, visual culture and war. 
Your enrolment in the PhD at Curtin should be full-time the duration of the project (mid-2018 to mid-2021).
Conditions that need to be met to keep your scholarship

Once commenced, the PhD student must:
• meet the requirements of internal candidacy process within the first six months
• satisfy the requirements of Curtin’s Annual Progress Report process
• travel to once a year to the Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT, to carry out collection and archive research

Changes to enrolment

This role includes the usual annual leave provisions.  As this role is part of a research team for the three-year Art in Conflict project, students will normally not be allowed to study part time or take a leave of absence, except in exceptional circumstances. 

How to apply

Application process

To apply, please submit:

• Cover Letter stating your own particular interests in the project
• CV of no more than 3 pages
• Research Proposal of no more than 3 pages using the following subheadings:
Title: A descriptive working title of your proposed PhD research.
Abstract: A half-page explanation of the program in plain English.
Objectives: A clearly defined statement of the objectives of the research.
Background: The background of the proposed study.
Significance: The importance/relevance of the proposed study.
Research method: A simple outline of the approach you will use during your research.
Ethical issues: Demonstrate you have considered all ethical issues which may arise and the manner in which they will be addressed. 
Facilities and resources: An outline of these requirements for the completion of your research.
Time schedule: This should be realistic.
References: A bibliography, preferably in Chicago author-date style.

Submission must be by email to the Lead Investigator, Associate Professor Kit Messham-Muir at

Need more information?


For further information about this role, please contact Associate Professor Kit Messham-Muir at

Further information

The Art in Conflict project is led by Curtin University, in collaboration with University of Melbourne, UNSW Art & Design and University of Manchester, in partnership with the Australian War Memorial and the National Trust (NSW), with the generous support of the Australian Research Council.

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