PhD Scholarships: IVF and Assisted Reproductive Technologies: The Global Experience

Vera Mackie Discussion

Please see below details about PhD scholarships associated with Sarah Ferber, Nicola Marks and Vera Mackie's ARC Discovery Project on IVF and Assisted Reproductive Technologies: The Global Experience. The scholarships are for study at the University of Wollongong in Eastern Australia.

Please contact me for further information at <>.
Vera Mackie
University of Wollongong


University of Wollongong
Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts: School of Humanities and Social Inquiry

PhD Scholarships: IVF and Assisted Reproductive Technologies: The Global Experience

The 40th anniversary of the birth of the first baby conceived through in vitro fertilisation (IVF) will take place in 2018. This ARC Discovery Project will mark this anniversary with a comprehensive study of IVF and the range of assisted reproductive technologies with which it is associated. These new forms of conception, gestation and parenting have transformed understandings of the family and have led to regulatory and policy responses and public debate, which can only be understood in a global frame. A series of transnational case studies, with a special focus on the Asia- Pacific region, will show the development of the present consumer, medical and regulatory environments and provide a historically-informed basis for dealing with policy deliberations locally and internationally.

Up to two PhD scholarships are available in association with this project. The PhD project(s) will be supervised by chief investigators Professor Vera Mackie, Associate Professor Sarah Ferber and Dr Nicola Marks. We are interested in focused case studies which will complement the work of the Chief Investigators. Possible topics might include, for example, a country-based study of the use of assisted reproductive technologies, or a thematic study of cultural representations of assisted reproductive technologies.

Applications are invited for commencement in July 2015. Applicants should have an Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant Humanities or Social Science discipline with a strong result. An Honours degree is a four-year degree which includes a thesis component. For a scholarship it is usually necessary to have a result of First Class Honours. Additional relevant research experience and/or research activity, awards or prizes will be regarded favourably. Depending on the topic, a working knowledge of a language other than English may be an advantage.

For further information about the project and the PhD scholarships, contact the chief investigators through Vera Mackie <>. You are strongly advised to discuss your application and proposed research project by e-mail with the chief investigators before submitting your application.

For further information about the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry, see <>.

Both domestic and international prospective students are encouraged to apply. The scholarship stipend is $AUD25,392 per annum, indexed annually for three years.

 Applicants should submit a full postgraduate research degree application through the UOW research degrees portal at <>. Your application should include an academic transcript, copy of passport or birth certificate and an outline of your proposed research project. The application should be clearly marked "PhD Scholarship: IVF and Assisted Reproductive Technologies: The Global Experience", and state that the project will be supervised by Vera Mackie, Sarah Ferber and Nicola Marks. Please submit your application before close of business (Eastern Australian time) on Friday 1 May 2015.