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PhD Students

Call for Applications: PhD Scholarship in Deliberative Democracy

Location: Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra

Start: March 2021

Position Description

The Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance is accepting applications for a PhD student to work on a doctoral thesis about the practice of deliberative democracy. The student will work closely with a team of researchers based at the Centre in developing the concept of ‘deliberative integrity’ to evaluate deliberative forums, such as citizens’ assemblies or citizens’ juries.

The stipend rate of the Scholarship will be the same as the full-time rate of the University of Canberra Australian Government Research Training Program Stipend (RTP) Scholarship, indexed annually. The student will receive a stipend (tax free) for three years starting from March 2021. The scholarship is funded by the Australian Research Council’s Special Research Initiative.

The supervisory panel will be chaired by Associate Professor Nicole Curato, with support from other members of the project team including Professor John Dryzek, Associate Professor Selen Ercan, Professor Simon Niemeyer and Dr Nick Vlahos.

Successful applicant is expected to undertake the PhD on a full-time basis and relocate to Canberra (once travel restrictions are lifted) to conduct the study.


To be eligible for this PhD scholarship, the applicant must:

  • have completed a Bachelor degree with First Class Honours, or be regarded by the University of Canberra as having an equivalent level of attainment;
  • be enrolled, or seeking to enrol, as a full-time candidate in a Doctor of Philosophy course at the University; and
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen; or an Australian permanent resident; or an international student eligible to study in Australia on an international student visa or granted approval by the University to commence studies offshore.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Familiarity with the scholarly literature on/or practice of deliberative democracy, democratic innovations, or citizen engagement
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Strong ability to work in teams
  • Experience in database management and building professional networks is highly desirable but not required

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to send the following documents to Associate Professor Nicole Curato, on/before 31 January 2021.

  • A completed application form (Download here)
  • Writing sample (an essay, journal article, op-ed piece).