PhD Scholarship in Criminology

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Job No.: 618887

Location: Clayton campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 3-year and 3-month fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: The successful applicant will receive a Faculty of Arts Research Living Allowance, at current value of $29,500 per annum 2021 full-time rate (tax-free stipend), indexed plus allowances as per RTP stipend scholarship conditions at: Faculty will provide the tuition fee scholarship and Single Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) for successful international awardee.

The Opportunity

Monash University Arts Graduate Research is funding a PhD scholarship as part of the Australian Research Council funded project ‘Everyday Guardians’, which is led by Associate Professor Rebecca Wickes (School of Social Sciences, Monash University), Professor Jonathan Corcoran (School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the University of Queensland), Associate Professor Danielle Reynald (School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University) and Professor Christopher Browning (Department of Sociology, Ohio State University).The Australian Research Council funded this project under its prestigious Discovery Project scheme.

The larger project, of which the PhD project is part, aims to identify the temporal and spatial elements that influence the crime prevention actions of private citizens. Taking an interdisciplinary approach and applying a cutting edge methodology, it will be the first study to consider the capacity and availability of capable guardians and their intersection with the environmental contexts they frequent. The project intends to generate new knowledge on the resources needed to ensure individuals can effectively respond to problems when and where they occur. Given the enormous costs of crime to society, the expected outcomes of this project will lead to the development of economically efficient and practical community crime prevention programs that benefit the wider community.

The successful candidate will contribute to the wider project and develop their own research program that fits the broad parameters of the project. We envisage that the student will consider the role of gender and how gender intersects with perceiving social problems and responding to them. The successful candidate will be able to draw on spatial data and methodological tools to capture women’s movement in public spaces and consider what this means for guardianship within a city or indeed across city contexts. The details of the PhD research are flexible and depend on the successful applicant’s expertise and interests.

Working on a PhD as part of a larger project has major advantages. The successful candidate will be integrated into a successful research agenda that has been funded by a prestigious and highly competitive funding scheme. They will have access to funding to support fieldwork, travel, and conference attendance. The candidate will also receive expert supervision from research leaders in relevant fields. Furthermore, we envisage that the PhD candidate will co-author with the team.

Monash University is the largest university in Australia and ranks in the top 100 universities worldwide. Monash has six globally networked campuses and international alliances in the US, Europe and Asia. The PhD student will be based at the Clayton campus in Melbourne. Criminology at Monash is internationally renowned for its global focus on crimes that cause widespread measurable harm and the prevention of these harms. Monash criminologists examine crime and crime control in a time of massive social change and global mobility. It has a strong research culture, led by a dynamic group of researchers. Monash Criminology is distinct in Australia for its consistent success in attracting national and international competitive funding for major research.

Candidate Requirements

The successful applicant will have an outstanding academic track record in Criminology, Sociology or other relevant disciplines (human geography or demography or the spatial sciences). Competence in quantitative research methods is desirable. Applicants will be considered if they meet the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University. In its assessment, the Committee will prioritise applicants who hold an Australian or New Zealand bachelor’s degree with first class honours or qualifications (including international) and/or research experience deemed equivalent by the University. Details of eligibility requirements, including English-language proficiency skills, to undertake a PhD in the Faculty of Arts are available at research/how-to-apply.

Scholarship holders must be enrolled full time and on campus.

Applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered.

This opportunity is open to candidates of any nationality.

Successful applicants will be expected to enrol by 31st October 2021, but there may be some flexibility regarding the date of commencement.


Associate Professor Rebecca Wickes, School of Social Sciences,

Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)

EOIs shall comprise:

  • A cover letter that includes a brief statement of the applicant’s suitability;
  • A brief research proposal not exceeding 750 words in length that fits within the broader project, and demonstrates some understanding of the area of research;
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works, conference presentations and relevant work experience such as research assistantships;
  • A full statement of academic record, supported by scanned copies of relevant certified documentation; and
  • Contact details of two academic referees.

You may contact Associate Professor Rebecca Wickes ( prior to submission of the EOI to discuss the project.

Your EOI should be sent in the form of a single attachment to an e-mail to Ms Kinda Say, Senior Graduate Research Administrator, Faculty of Arts, at the following e-mail address: State “EOI [your name] PhD Scholarship in Criminology – Everyday Guardians” in the subject heading of the email.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed (by video call if necessary) in May.  

Closing Date

Thursday 13th May 2021, 11:55 pm AEST


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