Public Engagement in Antarctic Histories

Degree type


Closing date

10 October 2022



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

A recent survey of people living in Australia’s Antarctic “gateway” city, Hobart, showed significant connections between a sense of the city’s Antarctic history and a desire to protect the continent through everyday behaviour (Leane et al, “From gateway to custodian city,” Geographical Research 2021). This project investigates the most effective ways to engage people – whether citizens or tourists – in the country’s rich Antarctic histories. Supported by the Mawson’s Huts Foundation (MHF), the project comes with a bursary of $5000, and may also include the chance to undertake an internship in the MHF’s Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum on the Hobart waterfront.

The project is designed to accommodate applicants from a range of disciplinary areas, including historical studies, heritage studies, literary studies, creative writing and creative arts, and tourism studies. We are particularly interested in projects that use archival materials – such as diaries, letters, and logbooks – to retell or reimagine the lives of the people and objects that comprise Australia’s engagement with the far south. However, we are open to considering any project or approach that addresses public engagement with Antarctic histories.

You will work with an expert supervision team designed around your particular project and disciplinary approach, and will benefit from the University’s international networks and active research culture in the areas of HASS-based Antarctic Studies, Life Writing and/or Tourism Studies. You will also form strong connections within the Antarctic sector through the access this project provides the MHF’s people and resources and through the networks available in the Australian Antarctic “gateway”.

Based on your qualifications, expertise and interests, and in conversation with the prospective supervision team, you are invited to shape this project in your own way.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Professor 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 $28,854 per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) for 2 years (MRes) or 3.5 years (PhD)
  • 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.

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 a discipline relevant to the project.

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Experience in the Antarctic and/or GLAM sectors.

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, Professor Elizabeth 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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