Wollongong PhD Research Scholarships Program, Australia

Deadline: 30 September 2013
Open to: applicants with an undergraduate degree, preferably in Law, an MA research, or BA (Hons) First Class, or equivalent
Scholarship: $24,653 per annum


The Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts of University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia,  is seeking applications for two PhD scholarships commencing in 2014 to examine the regulation of user-generated on-line content in a transnational framework. One scholarship looks at the implications of child-abuse materials legislation for the production and consumption of fictional user-generated content featuring representations of minors and second scholarship focuses specifically on internet content regulation in Japan.

The scholarships are provided as part of the University of Wollongong’s support for Professor Mark McLelland’s ARC Future fellowship on ‘National Media Regulation and Global Cultural Literacy: International Perspectives on the Regulation of Young People’s User-Generated Content’.

The project will provide an exciting opportunity for two PhD students to contribute to the awareness and understanding of new challenges for media regulation in Australia, Japan and transnationally. This PhD research will contribute to the documentation, critical analysis and theoretical inquiry into the relationships between various media regulation protocols and user-generated content in a transnational frame.


Applicants must have an undergraduate degree, preferably in Law, an MA research, or BA (Hons) First Class, or equivalent. Applicants for the Japan-specific study must have relevant Japanese language qualifications.  Applicants should also have knowledge of research methodologies and theoretical approaches appropriate for research in media and media law studies.
In addition, the successful applicant is expected to have:

  • Excellent time management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as work within the team
  • Willingness to commit to full-time research for the 3 years of this project
  • Capacity to be based at the University of Wollongong and meet there regularly with supervisor(s).

Overseas applicants are welcome to apply.


This is a three year full-time scholarship. The tax-free stipend is $24,653 per annum. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence and demonstrated research potential.


Deadline for application is 30 September 2013. Applications are to be sent to:

Professor Mark McLelland
ARC Future Fellow
Law, Humanities and the Arts (Building 19)
University of Wollongong
NSW 2522

More detailed information about the scholarship find here. For further enquiries and information regarding the application process please contact: Professor Mark McLelland: markmc@uow.edu.au 

The official website

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