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SSGM Pacific Islands PhD Scholarship

The State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program (SSGM) offers a
PhD scholarship for a citizen of one of the Pacific Island Countries.
The aim of this scholarship is to provide an opportunity for a keen and
talented scholar from the Pacific region to work on topics of interest
to the SSGM under one of the following three broad areas,

State and nation-building and regional integration.

Conflict and peacebuilding.

Development and social change, including gender, health and mobility.

Research must be focussed on one or more than one of the Pacific Island
Countries, including Papua New Guinea, although broader comparative
approaches are welcomed as are reference-points to theoretical

Information about the SSGM Program and potential supervisors can be
found at:


The successful applicant will be enrolled as a fulltime PhD candidate
with the SSGM Program, which is situated within the ANU College of Asia
and the Pacific. The scholarship will be available for a term of three
years and will carry a tax-exempt annual stipend of AUD $20,427 (2009

Essential criteria: Applicants must have a good honours degree or a
masters degree in politics, law, history, political economy, development
studies, geography, economics, anthropology, sociology or a related

Desirable criteria: Previous fieldwork and research experience and/or
policy experience in the Pacific.

Other Benefits: Full tuition fee; fieldwork support, travel to Canberra
from outside Australia; basic health insurance; establishment allowance;
contribution to visa expenses. These benefits are for the scholar as
the Program is not able to provide assistance for dependents.

How to apply:

In the first instance, applicants should submit an expression of
interest together with a 150-250 word research proposal, and a
curriculum vitae or a list of your academic qualifications and work
experience. This can be by email (SSGM@anu.edu.au) or fax: +612 6125

Applicants of interest to the Program will be formally contacted and
invited to submit a full research proposal and application to study at
the ANU.

Informal enquiries about the areas of interest of the program, and the
suitability of potential research themes, can be made to

Closing date for expressions of interest: 20 March 2008