Queer Identities in Antarctica

Exploring Queer Identities and Experiences in Antarctica

Degree type


Closing date

1 February 2024



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International

About the research project

This PhD project seeks to investigate the lived experiences of queer individuals in Antarctica, with a focus on understanding the complexities of their identities, social interactions, and community dynamics. While there has been extensive research has been conducted on queer identities within urban settings, there is a dearth of scholarly inquiry into the unique challenges and opportunities faced by queer individuals residing in remote areas, particularly Antarctica.

The remote nature of Antarctica can create distinctive socio-cultural contexts that may impact queer individuals' self-perception, relationships, and overall well-being. By employing a multi-disciplinary approach, this study aims to shed light on the intersections of queer identities and remoteness, contributing to a more comprehensive understanding of contemporary queer experiences.

The methodologies employed for this project are anticipated to draw from critical, feminist, and/or queer theoretical frameworks, ensuring a nuanced and comprehensive analysis; however, these approaches can be tailored to align with the candidate's unique expertise and research skills, facilitating an organic and impactful exploration of the subject matter.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Oscar Vorobjovas-Pinta


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

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.

Application process

  1. Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
  2. Contact Dr Oscar Vorobjovas-Pinta 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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