Call for Applications: PhD Scholarship - Democratic Resilience: The Public Sphere and Extremist Attacks

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December 15, 2020 to March 1, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Social Sciences, Sociology, Political Science, Communication

Call for Applications: PhD Scholarship

Democratic Resilience: The Public Sphere and Extremist Attacks

Location: UNSW Canberra & The Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra

Start: March or May 2021

We are seeking applicants with high academic standing and an interest in the political theory of democracy, extremism, multiculturalism, toleration, and/or the public sphere to undertake a PhD supervised by the Chief Investigators of the ARC Project ‘Democratic Resilience: The Public Sphere and Extremist Attacks’ (DP210102436). The project aims to explain responses to violent attacks by far-right and Islamist extremists intended to sow division, and why some democracies prove fragile, succumbing to polarisation or exclusion of key groups, while others prove resilient by sustaining integrative, tolerant discourse.

The supervisory team will be drawn from Dr Peter Balint, Prof John Dryzek, Assoc/Prof Selen Ercan, and Dr Jensen Sass. The successful candidate/s will be eligible for a $35,000 annual stipend for 3.5 years and a tuition waiver from UNSW Canberra. They will be incorporated into the activities of the Centre for Deliberative Democracy & Global Governance at the University of Canberra as well as the International Ethics Research Group at UNSW Canberra. 

To be eligible for this PhD scholarship, the applicant must:

  • have completed a Bachelor degree with First Class Honours, or be regarded by UNSW as having an equivalent level of attainment;
  • be enrolled, or seeking to enrol, as a full-time candidate in a Doctor of Philosophy course at the University; and
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen; or an Australian permanent resident; or an international student eligible to study in Australia on an international student visa or granted approval by the University to commence studies offshore.

Interested candidates should send the following items to Dr Peter Balint

  • 1-2 page research statement outlining their proposed area of research and its connection with a theme/s of the project.
  • CV (with academic results)
  • Writing sample (chapter or a paper/essay)
  • Names of 2 academic referees

1 March 2021 (for a possible May 2021 start) or 15 December 2020 (for a possible March 2021 start). Please address any enquiries to Dr Peter Balint. Applicants are encouraged to develop their statement in consultation with Dr Balint and other team members.

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Dr Peter Balint

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