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A Phd Scholarship Opportunity is closing soon with Monash University.

As part of the successful Australian Research Council Discovery Project, ‘Fatherhood: an Australian History, 1919-2019’ (DP190100214), Monash University Arts Graduate Research is funding a PhD scholarship on the topic ‘Australian Fathers and Broken Families’. The research project team comprises Professor Alistair Thomson (Monash, project leader), Dr Kate Murphy (Monash), Dr Johnny Bell (Monash), Professor John Murphy (University of Melbourne) and Professor Michael Roper (Essex University UK), and will be supported by an advisory committee comprising leading national and international historians of the family. The successful applicant will engage with and be supported by this collaborative research team. The primary supervisor for the PhD research will be internationally-renowned oral historian Alistair Thomson, who has supervised more than 30 graduate research students to successful completion at Monash and at the University of Sussex in England. Associate supervisor will be social historian Dr Kate Murphy.

Both domestic and international students are eligible for this scholarship.

Fathers are central to pressing concerns in contemporary Australia. The ‘Fatherhood: an Australian History’ project aims to transform understandings of Australian families and fatherhood across the past century. Through innovative analysis of oral history and documentary archives, we seek to illuminate factors shaping men’s experience of fatherhood and how fathers from diverse backgrounds, including migrant and indigenous dads, have negotiated their role in changing circumstances. Our project aims to extend and enrich Australian and international scholarship in histories of the family, emotions and cultural memory, and to impact contemporary Australian family policy and education.

The ARC application proposed that a PhD student would contribute to the wider project by researching oral histories about the separation of children from their families collected by the National Library of Australia for the Bringing Them Home collection ( and the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants collection ( The research would examine the role and memory of fathers in so-called ‘broken families’, and would produce a PhD and a chapter for the project monograph. The precise details of the PhD research are flexible and responsive to the successful applicant’s expertise and interests, and will be confirmed through discussions between the successful applicant and the supervisors.

Applications Close Friday 15th March 2019. 

To find out more and apply see here.