Arts Residencies in Extreme Environments

Arts Residencies in Extreme Environments: Lessons from Antarctica

Degree type


Closing date

27 March 2023



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

This project forms part of the ARC-funded Discovery Project, “Creative Antarctica: Australian Artists and Writers in the Far South.” The candidate will join a large multi-institutional and international team focused on understanding the experiences of professional artists and writers in the Antarctic region and on maximising the outcomes and benefits of residencies offered by national programs, tour operators and other organisations. The PhD project will complement the national focus of the team by examining and comparing the aims, structures and outcomes of Antarctic residency schemes globally, through desk research and interviews with key stakeholders, drawing lessons for other schemes based in extreme or wilderness environments, and/or scientific communities. The particular approach will be developed by the team and the candidate depending on the latter’s background and interests.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Elle Leane


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 $31,500 per annum (2023 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.


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

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus

Applicants from the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:

  • Creative Arts
  • Humanities
  • Social Science

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 desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Background in qualitative methods and archival research
  • Knowledge of or experience in polar or other extreme environments
  • Experience working or studying in the creative arts (including creative writing, performing arts and visual arts)

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, Prof Elle Leane, to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. 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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