Creative Ageing through Transformative Engagement with Music

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PhD Scholarship

This ARC-funded HDR project focuses on music and wellbeing in Australia’s growing older population. Engaging with meaningful creative activities has been shown to empower older adults. Your project focuses on music in First Nations communities, contributing to the larger project.

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What would the HDR focus on: Australia's older population is rapidly growing, and there is an urgent need to enhance the quality of life of older adults in community and aged-care settings in sustainable ways. Recent research shows that the arts can support longer lives that are better lived. Music is perhaps the most promising of the arts in this respect.

The project examines existing music groups open to older adults in Australia. It seeks to identify key ingredients and mechanisms that make participation in such groups transformative. The HDR project is crucial to the study in focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities and their music. Under the guidance and supervision of the lead investigator, you will develop a culturally-sensitive and participatory approach to learn from First Nations communities and their music making.

Your findings will contribute to the overall project and also constitute your own thesis project. What are the preferred attributes of an applicant? A relevant undergraduate degree, such as in music, creative and performing arts, psychology, health sciences or sociology. A strong interest in music and a connection to country and culture.

PhD Scholarship details

Funding: $28,854 per annum (2022 rate) indexed annually. For a PhD candidate, the living allowance scholarship is for 3.5 years and the tuition fee scholarship is for four years. For an MPhil candidate, the living allowance and tuition fee scholarships are two years. Scholarships also include up to $1,500 relocation allowance.

Supervisor: Helen English

Available to: Domestic students

Either PhD or MPhil

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background. Preferred expertise in: - music and/or dance - a health science or psychology or sociology.

The applicant will need to meet the minimum eligibility criteria for admission.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should send an email expressing their interest along with scanned copies of their academic transcripts, CV, a brief statement of their research interests and a proposal that specifically links them to the research project.

Please send the email expressing interest to by 5pm on 11 February 2022.

Applications Close 11 February 2022 Apply Now

Contact Helen English
Phone +61 405 607 272

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