Writing Tasmania's Built Heritage

Writing Tasmania's Built Heritage for Young Readers

Degree type


Closing date

25 September 2023



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International

About the research project

We are seeking a highly motivated and passionate candidate to undertake a PhD project focused on the intersection of creative writing for young people and built heritage in Tasmania. This project will explore the ways in which creative writing can engage young people with Tasmania's rich cultural heritage and contribute to the preservation and promotion of its built heritage.

The successful candidate will be based at the University of Tasmania, one of Australia's leading research-intensive universities, with a strong focus on humanities and creative arts. The project will be supervised by experienced scholars in the fields of creative writing and cultural heritage, who will provide guidance and support throughout the research process.

The PhD project will involve a range of activities, including:

  • Conducting a literature review to identify key themes and concepts in the fields of creative writing, young people's literature, and built heritage.
  • Developing a creative writing program for young people that engages with Tasmania's built heritage, and piloting this program with a selected group of participants.
  • Conducting qualitative research with program participants to explore their experiences of engaging with creative writing and built heritage, and analyzing the data to identify key themes and insights.
  • Producing a portfolio of creative writing that reflects on the research findings and contributes to the promotion and preservation of Tasmania's built heritage.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Lucy Christopher


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:

  • 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:

  • A strong academic and/or professional background in creative writing, literature, cultural heritage, or a related field
  • Strong research and analytical skills, with experience in qualitative research methods
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to produce high-quality research outputs
  • Capacity to spend time as a writer in residence at a Tasmanian heritage listed site

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Demonstrated experience in working with young people and/or developing creative writing programs
  • First class Honours and/or Masters degree in Creative Writing, History, or a cognate discipline

Application process

  1. Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
  2. Contact Dr Lucy Christopher 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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