Artists and Writers in Antarctica

The History and Future of Residencies in the Far South

Degree type


Closing date

25 September 2023



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International

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 histories, aims, structures, outcomes and possible future directions 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 Elizabeth 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.

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.

Ensure your eligibility for the scholarship round by referring to our Key Dates.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • The project is open to applicants from Creative Arts, Humanities or Social Science disciplines only
  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus

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 equivalent in relevant discipline

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

  1. Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
  2. Contact Prof Elizabeth Leane 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 25 September 2023.

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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