UNESCO Chair of Journalism and Communication PhD Scholarship in Press Freedom

Summary

Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic 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

Scholarship description

Since 2001, Australia has introduced more than 70 national security laws, more than any other country on earth, many of which intrude on press freedom. Without the restraint of an equivalent of the US First Amendment, national security considerations have trumped press freedom in ways that appear to reduce transparency and accountability in Australian governments. This project seeks to assess the impact of the legislation on the practice of public interest journalism in Australia. Working as part of a team of dedicated researchers, your project will further enhance research in the rapidly developing area of freedom of the press and democracy in an area that has recently gained considerable public and political attention. Lessons drawn from this analysis will support specific recommendations for reform to protect both national security and press freedom.

Eligibility

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

Before you apply

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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.

Contact

Richard Murray
07 3346 8262

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.