Animals and Society

Degree type

MRes/PhD

Closing date

29 October 2021

Campus

Hobart

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

Since the publishing of Peter Singer's seminal text, Animal Liberation, in 1975 Australia has played a significant role in the development of the Animal Studies (also known as Human-Animal Studies and including Critical Animal Studies) as an international field of enquiry, and continues to do so. Researchers from the University of Tasmania have been active in the contemporary development of Animal Studies, convening the second Australian Animal Studies conference, Considering Animals in 2007, and publishing widely in the field. Animal Studies has been recognised as a strategic theme area  within the College of Arts, Law, and Education, further consolidating the importance of this rapidly growing field at UTAS.

We invite potential HDR candidates working in the field of Animal Studies to submit an application to undertake a PhD, with project proposals that reflect the radical rethinking of the nature of human-animal relations and its consequences for animal wellbeing, empathy and ethical relations, species extinction, sustainability and climate change that underpin Animal Studies as a field of scholarship.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Yvette Watt

Funding

Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,597 per annum (2021 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years;
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000; and
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.

Eligibility

The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international applicants who are already in Australia (onshore) at the time of submitting their application.

Due to current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions the University cannot accept applications from international applicants who are currently overseas.

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Selection criteria specific to this project:

  • project proposals that reflect the radical rethinking of the nature of human-animal relations and its consequences for animal wellbeing, empathy and ethical relations, species extinction, sustainability and climate change that underpin Animal Studies as a field of scholarship.

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select the project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Yvette Watt, if you have any questions about the project; and
  3. Click here to submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the long title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email.

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