Writing Lives

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

What is at stake when we “write a life”: critically, creatively, historically, or ethically? What forms should it take? Whose lives should we examine? How do we connect life stories to national and international histories and communities? How can we celebrate diversity through life-writing, amplifying the voices of people who have been pushed into the margins of history and literature, or understand how famous figures have been represented and misrepresented? How are archives formed and by whom, and how do those decisions mask or reveal life stories? Where lives have not been thoroughly documented, how can we make imaginative use of archival material? How can we make space for the more-than-human in this genre?

This advertised project welcomes applications from researchers seeking to work on critical studies of life writing, biography, oral history, archives and museum studies, microhistory, or memoir.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Naomi Milthorpe


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
  • 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.

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.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • First Class Honours or Masters in cognate field (English, History, Creative Writing); OR equivalent professional experience in archives, museums and curatorship

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Publication/s on relevant topics

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 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.

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