The University of Newcastle, Australia

Janet Copley Doctoral Scholarships for Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Closing Date: 15 August 2020Apply Now

PhD Scholarship

Expression of Interest for the 2020 scholarship are now invited using the Janet Copley Doctoral Scholarship Expression of Interest form. The successful candidate will join a diverse School of Humanities and Social Science with an active research culture and a lively HDR cohort.


Janet Copley (1926 - 2017), with her husband Merv, was a tireless political activist and campaigner for social justice in Newcastle. Evidence of their contribution can be found in the Merv and Janet Copley Collection of news clippings, diaries and autobiographical writing gifted to the University of Newcastle’s Cultural Collections in 2006.

In 2017, the University of Newcastle received a generous bequest from the late Janet Copley which has been used in part to establish a doctoral scholarship in her honour. The Janet Copley Doctoral Scholarship is to be awarded preferentially to women applicants who submit a proposal for a high quality project in areas related to: history; autobiography and biography; memoir and historical fiction; labour relations and labour histories; or aspects of Newcastle’s history, society and culture. Where possible, proposed projects should draw upon the archival materials held by the University of Newcastle’s Cultural Collections and/or other Newcastle-based institutions.

Please read the conditions of the Janet Copley Doctoral Scholarships in the Humanities and Social Sciences before submitting your Expression of Interest form.

Potential supervisors can be located using the Find a Supervisor tool. The supervisor will offer advice in framing the application.

Further information may be obtained by contacting the Deputy Head of the School of Humanities and Social Science, Research Training, Dr Keri Glastonbury,

PhD Scholarship details

Funding: For a PhD candidate, the living allowance scholarship is for 3.5 years at $30,628 per annum and the tuition fee scholarship is for four years. The University of Newcastle also provides a new laptop and funds for approved research-related travel for higher degree by research candidates.

Supervisor: Potential supervisors can be found using the Find a Supervisor tool

Available to: Domestic students


Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should hold an Honours degree or higher in the discipline in which the doctorate is to be undertaken. The successful candidate must complete the program on-campus. Currently enrolled HDR candidates are welcome to apply.

Application Procedure

Applications should be submitted by email and contain a completed Janet Copley Scholarships for Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences Expression of Interest form along with colour copies of your qualification transcripts and completion certificates.

Please send the email expressing interest to by 5pm on 15 August 2020.

Applications Close 15 August 2020 Apply Now

Contact Keri Glastonbury
Phone +61 2 4921 5160

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