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PhD Scholarship Opportunity - The rise of mistrust in news

What you'll receive

  • A scholarship of $28,597 per annum, tax exempt and indexed annually for 3 years (2022-2024).
  • International students will receive a tuition fee sponsorship.

The scholarship recipient will work with an international Discovery Project team (DP210100157) led by Professor Sora Park.


To apply for this scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Meet the entry requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy (MXP001.1) including any English language requirements for international students.
  • Have a background in Communication and Media Studies or a related discipline.
  • Be able to study full-time.

Before applying

Please contact Professor Sora Park to discuss your application before submitting an EOI. If you're invited to apply, you can follow our steps to apply for a research degree here.

The application process

Follow this step-by-step process to apply for a higher degree by research at UC.

Step 1 – Go to the HDR application portal and create an account.

Step 2 – Check your eligibility for a higher degree by research using the Eligibility Calculator.

Step 3 – Put together your Expression of Interest (EOI). Your EOI should include the type of research you’d like to apply for, and your field of interest and planned research topic. In the EOI you must indicate that you are applying for this scholarship and must have Professor Sora Park listed as your proposed supervisor. The relevant faculty will review your EOI and provide you with feedback.

Step 4 – If you’re invited by the faculty to submit a full application, log back into the HDR application portal.

Step 5 – If you’re applying for a Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship, you must submit your application via the HDR application portal.

About the project

This project aims to investigate how trust and mistrust in news changes audiences’ behaviours as they increasingly access news through digital platforms. Observing the global crisis of trust, the project will undertake a longitudinal analysis of trust and mistrust in news, a four-country experiment that links trust and audience responses, and an in-depth qualitative study that provides specific contexts of these choices. The research will directly benefit policy makers, as it addresses questions of how to better secure trustworthy news content in an age of increasing dominance of digital platforms that algorithmically sort the range of news available to the Australian public.

The project team:


The successful candidate will be working under the direct supervision of Professor Sora Park and co-supervised by Associate Professor Caroline Fisher. The successful candidate will be based in the News & Media Research Centre, which provides an excellent research training environment, where Higher Degree by Research students work alongside world class researchers and peers.

Applications for this scholarship will close 11:59pm (AEST) Monday 1 November 2021