UNESCO Chair in Journalism and Communication International PhD Scholarship in Press Freedom


Enrolment status New students
Student type International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Business and Economics, Education, Health and Behavioural Sciences, Law
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship, Tuition Scholarship
Scholarship value $28,092 per annum tax-free (2020 rate), indexed annually, for three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances.
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances.
Opening date 11 September 2019
Closing date 13 October 2019


Around the world, governments have been struggling to balance the tension between national security and media freedom. This project seeks to chart and analyse the various ways selected countries across the OECD have experimented with that balance, and the impact of those choices on both media freedom and security. The candidate will be working alongside a team of researchers led by UNESCO Chair in Journalism and Communication, Professor Peter Greste. Lessons drawn from this analysis will support a research agenda looking into issues of press freedom, particularly within Australia.


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 be given 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 Professor Peter Greste (p.greste@uq.edu.au) or Associate Professor Levi Obijiofor (l.obijiofor@uq.edu.au) 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 ‘GRESTE’
  3. list the enrolling unit as the School of Communication and Arts
  4. enter Associate Professor Levi Obijiofor

Selection criteria

  • A bachelor’s degree with at least honours class IIA or equivalent from approved universities, which includes a relevant research component; or
  • A research master’s degree; or
  • A coursework master’s degree and an overall GPA (grade point average) equivalent to 5.65 on the 7-point UQ scale, which includes a relevant research component; or
  • A postgraduate degree of at least one year full-time equivalent with an overall GPA (grade point average) equivalent to 5.0 on the 7-point UQ scale, together with demonstrated research experience equivalent to honours IIA will be considered for PhD entry on a case by case basis; or
  • A bachelor’s degree plus at least two years of documented relevant research experience, including research publications.

The ideal student will have an academic and a professional background in journalism and/or law.

Applications are closed.


Richard Murray
+61 7 3346 8262
Applications are closed.

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