Seeing the Black Child

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Supervisor – Dr Bryan

At the heart of the broader project in which this PhD position sits is the idea that “mainstream” service providers and policy makers generally don’t understand and see Black children in the way that those children are seen in their own communities. That community knowledge has the potential to shift service provision and policy approaches in transformative ways. 

There is an opportunity for an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander researcher to conduct a PhD project on care for Indigenous children within urban Indigenous communities. Care here can be understood in a variety of forms, but the areas of greatest focus in the broader project are: education; health and wellbeing; interface with the justice system; and family or care arrangements. The research is interdisciplinary, and the PhD applicant can pursue either an empirical or theoretical project. Qualitative projects that engage with community and draw directly on community knowledge and experience will be considered highly. Similarly, experience working in urban Indigenous communities, particularly with children or on projects related to Indigenous children, will be looked on favourably.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. You may also be eligible for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Scholarship.

Preferred educational background

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant's previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

A working knowledge of the Indigenous community controlled sector would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of public health, education, social services, Indigenous studies, law, politics or philosophy and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of government programs directed at Indigenous children is highly desirable.

The broader project is working with the Indigenous community organisation, Inala Wangarra. Familiarity with the organisation, and an established relationship with its management, board, and the Inala Indigenous community would be advantageous.

*The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2022. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply much earlier for visa reasons.

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