Decolonizing Australia's Diplomacy

Investigating Australia's chances of moving away from the anglosphere

Degree type


Closing date

1 February 2024


Burnie, Hobart, Launceston

Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International

About the research project

The project aims at investigating the chances and missed opportunities of Australian governments to move its foreign policy away from its Eurocentric premises and to establish itself as partner and equal in Asia and the Pacific. The project invites studies of concrete cases like Australia's policies towards the Pacific Islands or in-depth studies of Australia's foreign policy institutions and diplomats.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Catherine Goetze


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.

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
  • Last degree qualifying for Higher Degree by Research must have been obtained on the basis of a research dissertation / thesis counting a minimum of 50% of the final degree
  • Degree in International Relations or associated disciplines

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:

  • Proven knowledge of critical International Relations theories (Gramscian, feminist, decolonial/postcolonial, etc.)

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Knowledge of decolonial theories
  • Knowledge of Asia-Pacific region
  • Language of Asian or Pacific partner of Australia

Application process

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