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Digital Treasures PhD Scholarships: 2014 Call for Applications

The Centre for Creative and Cultural Research is seeking seeking up to four PhD students to join its new Flagship Program, Digital Treasures. The Digital Treasures program builds on our strengths in digital design and cultural heritage. Digitisation is transforming cultural collections into digital treasure-houses, and opening up new opportunities, and new challenges, in how we represent, access, and apply these collections. Our recent projects such as ManlyImages, Trove Mosaic, and Australian Prints and Printmaking provide a taste of what’s possible. Students in the program will work with staff including Mitchell Whitelaw, Ana Sanchez Laws, Sam Hinton, Stephen Barrass and Geoff Hinchcliffe.


The Digital Treasures PhD program is

  • applied: focused on addressing the challenges and opportunities faced by our research partners in major cultural institutions
  • practical, and practice-led: students will develop practical projects working with digital collections, supported by training in digital design and production
  • industry-linked: students will work closely with partner institutions including the National Library and the National Archives, with internships built in to the PhD program.

We are seeking high achievers from fields including digital media and design, cultural heritage, fine arts, and humanities. Applicants should have demonstrated excellence in academic research, including a First Class Honours degree, Research Masters, or equivalent. Scholarship places are available for Australian students commencing in Semester 1 2014 (February 2014). A limited number of University scholarships are available for international applicants - contact us for more information.

Students in the program will receive a $10,000 per annum top up in addition to an Australian Postgraduate Award of $24,653 per annum. Funding will also be available to support research costs including travel and equipment. Students will be expected to be resident in Canberra, and to participate actively in the research community of the Centre.

Expressions of Interest
To register your interest or for further information contact Mitchell Whitelaw: or ph (02) 6201 5184. The deadline for expressions of interest is 21 October 2013; successful applicants must also apply for and be granted a PhD place and an APA or equivalent scholarship. These applications close on 31 October 2013. The Centre will support successful applicants through this process.

See the UC web site for further information on PhD and Scholarship applications.