Charismatic Christianity: explanations and implications - PhD Scholarship


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $28,092 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 21 October 2019
Closing date 17 January 2020


Unlike many Christian denominations in the Queensland setting, the numbers and influence of charismatic Christian churches is growing. The best-known example is the Pentecostal (Australian Christian Churches, or ACC); of the eight ‘Mega-churches’ associated with the ACC in Australia, which attract 2,000 individuals to services per week, four of them are in Queensland. The study aims to capture the key factors that explain the burgeoning popularity of this contemporary religious phenomenon.

This project will be supervised by Professor Philip Almond and Dr Tom Aechtner. Please contact Dr Tom Aechtner with any questions.

The successful applicant will enrol through the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry.

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.

Applications are closed.

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 Tom Aechtner 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-TA'
  3. list the enrolling unit as the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
  4. enter Dr Tom Aechtner 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. 

Applications are closed.


Dr Tom Aechtner
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Terms and conditions

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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.

Applications are closed.