PhD Scholarships at Griffith University

10 PhD scholarships are available to Australian and international students at the Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution (ARCHE) and the Place, Evolution, and Rock Art Heritage Unit (PERAHU). The geographical scope of research includes Southeast Asia.

Call for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD/DPhil) Candidates in Archaeology/Human Evolution
Griffith University
Brisbane/Gold Coast, SE Queensland, Australia

In recent years, the focus of human evolution research has increasingly shifted from Africa — the ‘cradle of mankind’ — to Asia and Australia. Two of Griffith University’s leading research centres — the Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution (ARCHE) and the Place, Evolution, and Rock Art Heritage Unit (PERAHU) have been at the forefront of exciting discoveries both in these regions and further abroad.

We are now seeking up to 10 highly motivated and collegial PhD candidates who would like to join our team. Domestic and international students are encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates may be eligible for a full RTP scholarship including a stipend of $26,682 pa (2017 rates) and domestic fee offset or international fee offset scholarship as appropriate. Further information regarding the Griffith University RTP Scholarship policy is available at: https://www.griffith.edu.au/higher-degrees-research/services-support-resources/research-training-program.

Projects exploring any aspect of human evolution (anatomy, behaviour, cognition), prehistoric archaeology, or palaeontology are invited. Available topics include (but not limited to) investigating extinct hominids, human dispersals, genomics, archaeology, bioinfomatics, archaeogeochemistry, geochronology, palaeontology of islands in Southeast Asia/Australia, prehistoric technologies, fossil orangs, and the development of human cognition and cultures.

Griffith researchers have expertise in archaeology, use wear analysis, palaeoanthropology, evolutionary anthropology, geochronology, landscape and human co-evolution, palaeontology, ancient and modern DNA analysis, physicochemical characterisation (archaeological pigments research), and rock art research.

Prospective candidates are requested to provide a short covering letter stating which area/areas they are interested in pursuing and potential topics of interest, a current CV and academic transcript by 3rd November 2017.

Scholarship Eligibility;

Students must meet one of the following criteria to be eligible for the Griffith University Scholarship Program;

Completed an Australian Degree of Bachelor with Honours 1 (AQF Level 8) (or international comparable qualification as assessed by NOOSR) with a research component of at least 40 credit points (one semester full‐time equivalent); or

Completed an Australian Masters Degree (AQF Level 9) (or international comparable qualification as assessed by NOOSR) with a research component of at least 40 credit points (one semester full‐time equivalent) with evidence of outstanding performance (overall gradepoint average (GPA) of 6 on a 7 point scale with a GPA of at least 6 for the research component (GPA calculated as per the University’s Calculation of Grade Point Average Policy); or

Grounds for Honours 1 equivalence based on a case where the applicant holds a combination of qualifications and research experience and/or research outputs which are determined by the University as equivalent

International applicants are also required to meet the prescribed minimum english language proficiency (ELP) with an overall band score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with no band score less than 6.0; or equivalent.

Initial enquiries should be directed via email to Ms Dian Riseley, Institute Manager, Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University email d.riseley@grififth.edu.au

Further information is also available on our websites:
ARCHE: https://www.griffith.edu.au/environment-planning-architecture/environmental-futures-research-institute/research/human-evolution

PERAHU: https://www.griffith.edu.au/humanities-languages/place-evolution-rock-art-heritage-unit

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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