Material Cultures / Making Cultures

Degree type


Closing date

1 February 2024



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International

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 $32,192 per annum (2024 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.

Other funding opportunities and fees

For further information regarding other scholarships on offer, and the various fees of undertaking a research degree, please visit our Scholarships and fees on research degrees page.


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

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • 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.

Additional essential 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

  1. Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
  2. Contact Dr Steven Carson to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. In your application:
    • 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.
    • Submit a signed supervisory support form, a CV including contact details of 2 referees and your project research proposal.
  4. Apply prior to 1 February 2024.

Full details of the application process can be found under the 'How to apply' section of the Research Degrees website.

Following the 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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