PhD Scholarship in Media and Communication at RMIT University

PhD Scholarship in Media and Communication

PhD Scholarship in Media and Communication

The goal of this PhD Scholarship in Media and Communication is to conduct social research on the Australian 5G rollout. The PhD is associated with an ARC Discovery Project called ‘5G and the Future of Public Communications’. The successful candidate will work with and be supervised and mentored by Associate Professor Rowan Wilken and Dr. James Meese from the School of Media & Communication at the Melbourne (CBD) campus of RMIT University, and collaborate with Professor Catherine Middleton (Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada).

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), is a public research university in Melbourne, Australia. Originated in 1887 by Francis Ormond, RMIT was instigated as a night school contribution class in art, science, and technology, in response to the industrial revolution in Australia. It was a private college for more than a hundred years before merging with the Phillip Institute of Technology to become a public university in 1992.

 It has a registration of around 95,000 higher and vocational education students, making it the largest dual-sector education institution in Australia. With annual revenue of around a$1.5 billion, it is also one of the wealthiest universities in Australia. It is rated a five-star university by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and is rated 15th in the World for art and design subjects in the QS World University Rankings, making it the top art and design university in Australia and Oceania.

Situated in the Melbourne city center, the historic City campus of RMIT is the founding campus of the university as well as it is largest and most recognizable. It is known for its striking contemporary architecture as well as its well-preserved Victorian era and interwar period building established in 1887, the City campus began as the Working Men’s College of Melbourne. Its original building is located on the corner of Bowen Street and La Trobe Street, and the campus has since grown to 87 buildings in 2016. The campus has no border walls. As such, its buildings are contiguous with the surrounding city.

 Most of its buildings are spread across six city blocks covering approximately 720,000 square meters (7,800,000 sq ft). It is unevenly bound by La Trobe Street to the south, Elizabeth Street to the south-east and Swanston Street to the north-east (connected by Franklin Street), Queensberry Street to the north, Lygon Street to the north-west and Russell Street to the south-west. The campus area is located between the two ancient sections of the city; the northern edge of the Hoddle Grid to its south and Queen Victoria Market to its south-west. The area is occasionally mentioned as the “RMIT quarter” of the city.

According to the QS World University Rankings, RMIT is ranked as a five-star university in the areas of research, employability, teaching, facilities, internationalization, innovation, engagement, and specialization.

According to the 2021 QS World University Rankings, RMIT was rated 15th in the world for art and design subjects, making it the top art and design school in Australia and Oceania. RMIT is rated 16th in the world and 3rd in Australia among universities less than 50 years old in the 2016–17 QS Top 50 under 50 indexes. Times Higher Education rankings placed RMIT in the 93rd position of 100 universities under 50 years old.


Scholarship awards

  • a stipend of $32,841 per annum pro rata (full-time study), with a possible attachment of six months. This amount is subject to indexation yearly.
  • international candidates in receipt of this scholarship are also granted an RTP International Tuition Fee Offset Scholarship (RIFOS) or an RMIT Research International Tuition Fee Scholarship (RRITFS).
  • all local candidates, Australian and New Zealand citizens, or permanent residents of Australia are equipped with an RTP Fee Offset scholarship. Applicants in receipt of an RTP Fee Offset scholarship are not needed to pay tuition fees for the maximum period of their candidature.
  • a relocation allowance for the cost of migrating to take up their postgraduate research program, up to $515 per adult and $255 per child to a maximum of $1,540
  • paid sick, maternity, and parenting leave (within the limits of the Scholarship Terms and Conditions).

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Eligibility for the Scholarship in Media and Communication

To be qualified for this scholarship you must:

  • satisfy RMIT University’s Doctor of Philosophy entry needs.
  • hold first-class honors or 2A honors or equal or a master by research degree in Media and Communications or a related discipline.

How to Apply for the Scholarship in Media and Communication

Curious applicants should first email Associate Professor Rowan Wilken via and Dr. James Meese through by 30 June 2021, with:

  • A cover letter (outlining interest and alignment with the proposed research, and addressing the selection criteria)
  • A copy of electronic academic transcripts
  • A short CV (including the contact details of two referees).

The successful candidate will be sustained to develop a formal PhD application to RMIT. Scholarship applications will only be successful if prospective candidates are equipped with an offer for admission from RMIT University.

The application deadline for this scholarship is June 30, 2022.


Official Scholarship Website

Disclaimer: This is NOT the official scholarship page. This is only a one-page summarized listing of the scholarship. While we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct.

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