Popular Fiction in the Twenty-First Century


Living allowance

Value & Duration

This scholarship provides $26,682pa (2017 rate) living allowance for 3 years, with a possible 6 month extension.

The Research Project

Popular fiction is the most significant growth area in trade publishing in the twenty-first century. This project is premised on the view that popular or genre fiction is a sector of the publishing industry, a social and cultural formation, and a body of texts. It will offer new insights into contemporary literary culture through systematic investigation of the contemporary significance of one or more popular genres (crime, thrillers, romance, or fantasy) in the twenty-first century. By employing a mixed methodology combining discourse and textual analysis, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, and/or creative writing, Popular Fiction in the 21st Century aims to contribute to the increasingly urgent demand for conceptual and methodological frameworks for studying genre fiction.


The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:

  • The scholarship is open to Australian (domestic) candidates and to International candidates;
  • The PhD must be undertaken on a full-time basis;
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a first class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector;
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills.
  • Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

Applicants should send an expression of interest to Dr Lisa Fletcher consisting of:

  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Responses to each of the eligibility criteria listed above;
  • A statement on your interest in the proposed PhD project;
  • A writing sample (e.g. Honours thesis, journal article, or equivalent).

Selected applicants will then be interviewed following which formal PhD candidature applications to the University of Tasmania will be requested.

More information

Please contact Dr Lisa Fletcher for more information.