Regional Literary Culture in the 21st Century

Degree type


Closing date

30 August 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore


$28,597pa for 3.5 years

About the research project

Tasmania is a bookish place. Australia’s first novel was published in Hobart in 1830, and today's Tasmanian writers are acclaimed nationally and around the world. Tasmania’s economy relies on the creative and cultural industries; a higher percentage of people work in the arts than in any state in Australia, and the island is renowned for its diverse festival programs and extensive archival repositories. Separated from mainland and international literary culture by vast distances, Tasmania’s literary identity is evident every day in our bookstores, libraries, and conversations.

Examining contemporary literary culture from the periphery throws its values and practices into sharp relief, providing the focus to make informed judgements about the sustainability and potential of the book industry and regional literary culture into the future. How does literature circulate in bookstores and festivals, paper or online publications? What roles do regional identity or environment play in the making, marketing and reception of literature? How do regions promote themselves as literary destinations? Do Australians read or write differently according to regional identity?

This project will investigate one or more regional literary culture/s. The specific focus (writing, publishing, bookselling, reading, collecting) will be developed with the candidate according to their area of expertise.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Naomi Milthorpe


The scholarship supporting this project 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;
  • a tuition fee scholarship for up to 4 years (successful domestic applicants will be awarded an RTP Fees Offset and successful international applicants will be awarded a University of Tasmania Fees Offset)

The scholarship supporting this project is funded by the University of Tasmania and the Australian Government through the Research Training Program.


The project is open to domestic (Australia 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 PhD minimum entry requirements and the following additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • First Class Honours or Masters Degree in Literary Studies, Publishing Studies, Book History or Studies, Creative and Cultural Industries, or cognate discipline

Selection Criteria

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

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Naomi Milthorpe, 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 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 by the advertised outcome date.

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