Aboriginal Christianity in Queensland: a comparative perspective - PhD Scholarship


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $38,092 per annum tax-free (2020 rate), indexed annually.
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances.
Opening date 18 August 2020
Closing date 2 October 2020


This anthropological project (to be undertaken by an Indigenous researcher) will take three to four case studies of major evangelisation activity across multiple generations in Queensland, and trace the significance of particular Christian traditions in relation to conversion experiences, inter-generational patterns of religious activity, and the significance of church membership as an aspect of Aboriginal identity. While the particular community and geographic foci of the PhD project will be determined on commencement, the supervisors have particular expertise working with Gulf communities.

This project will be supervised by Professor David Trigger and Dr Richard Martin. Please contact Dr Martin (r.martin3@uq.edu.au)with any questions.

The successful applicant will enrol through the School of Social Sciences.

This PhD scholarship is one of four under the Queensland Atlas of Religion project.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

This scholarship is identified for an Indigenous researcher.

Applicants are required to provide compelling evidence of their Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status. This would usually take the form of confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status under the common seal of a community organisation. Where exceptional circumstances apply, statutory declarations and other forms of documentation may be considered. Original or certified copies of supporting documentation must be provided.

Before you get started

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How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow the link on the upper right of this page. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Prior to applying, check your eligibility and prepare your documentation.

You should also contact Dr Richard Martin to discuss your suitability for this scholarship prior to submitting an application.

Please ensure that you

  1. select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'
  2. enter in the free-text field ‘QAR-RM'
  3. list the enrolling unit as the School of Social Sciences
  4. enter Dr Richard Martin as your supervisor

Selection criteria

This PhD project is suitable for graduates from a number of disciplinary backgrounds, including (but not limited to) Studies in Religion, History, Anthropology, Sociology, Asian Studies, Languages and Cultural Studies, Heritage Studies and Archaeology. 


Dr Richard Martin

Terms and conditions

Read the policy on UQ Research Scholarships.

A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.