Torres Strait Islander History: Sport, Culture and Identity

Project opportunity

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.

This PhD project is part of an Australian Research Council Discovery Project (2023-26) that focusses on the links between sport, culture and identity in the Torres Strait. The research team is Gary Osmond, Murray G. Phillips, and A Harvey. Topics available for the PhD research can include, but are not limited to: the continuation of traditional sports and physical activities and how they relate to historical and contemporary Torres Strait Islander cultures and identities; the appropriation of Western sports by Torres Strait Islanders and the meaning of these sports for different communities in the Islands and diaspora; regional or sport-focussed sport histories.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Associate Professor Gary Osmond

School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences


Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of archival research, oral histories and community involvement would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of Indigenous studies and/or history and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of Torres Strait Islander or Aboriginal history is highly desirable.

We are seeking a Torres Strait Islander (ideally), or Aboriginal candidate.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 2, 2024. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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