Material Cultures / Making Cultures

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

Material Cultures / Making Cultures is a research area that seeks to expand current knowledge through critical, creative and experimental engagement with materials, methodologies and discourses in contemporary art, craft and design practice. The breadth of this project area permits a range of responses to examine ways that we think about, construct, and consume the materials and objects of everyday life and the natural world, in relation to current, new, and emerging potentials for creative practice in a local and global context. Applicants are encouraged to develop a proposal that aligns with one of following theme areas: Materiality, Material Thinking and Making, Technological and Emergent Materials; Speculative, Experimental, and Bio-Materials; Waste, Salvage and Reclamation of Materials for creative practice; Repair, Lifespan and Re-use and of materials; Ethical Use of materials; Toxicity - Dangerous Materials, Safety, Health and Wellbeing; Ephemerality - Lifespan, Decay and Disposal;  Legacy - Documentation, Archiving and Communication of Ephemeral Projects.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Steven Carson


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.


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 and the following additional eligibility criteria specific to this project:

  • Applicants are expected to have a strong background and current practice in visual art, craft and design practice and theory
  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills, and written communication skills

Applicants from the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:

  • Contemporary Visual Art, Crafts and Design

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:

  • Proposals should identify a research project that fits within the broad project description, with a clearly articulated topic and field of interest, key concepts and methods, and identify how these will contribute to new creative futures and innovation. Applicants are required to submit a folio of creative and written work or provide a website that includes examples of these

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 Steven Carson, 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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