Recruiting the polar workforce of the future

Degree type


Closing date

18 July 2022



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

Who gets to work in Antarctica? Although a range of people now live and work on the continent, the Australian Antarctic Program (AAP) does not reflect the wider societies that it represents. The lack of diversity in the AAP can be seen across a range of features of social identity including gender, age, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and ability). This project seeks to understand how the AAP can promote and enhance Antarctic work opportunities for people in historically excluded groups (e.g., women, people of colour, LGBTIQA+ communities, etc.) through its recruitment imagery and selection processes. When people in historically excluded groups can see themselves in the job, they are more likely to be open to new work experiences and modify previously held beliefs and attitudes. This project will use a mixed methods approach to develop an evidence base for the AAP to connect with a largely untapped pool of talent with diverse experiences and ideas, as future expeditioners. In this project, you will have an unprecedented opportunity to deliver new knowledge about expeditioner recruitment and retention for the AAP, with comparative lessons for other National Antarctic Programs. You will also have access to a collaborative, multi-disciplinary network of world class researchers and innovators in remote and extreme environments.

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof Meredith Nash


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 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.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applicants must already have or been awarded a First Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant research experience in social sciences with an interest or experience in working across multiple disciplines

Applicants from the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:

  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Media/Cultural Studies
  • Gender Studies

This project is supported for on-campus study only.

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:

  • Demonstrated  capacity in critical thinking
  • Background or interest in subject areas relevant to the project (i.e. Antarctic Studies)
  • Qualitative research skills

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, A/Prof Meredith Nash 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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