Undertake your PhD and MPhil with the School

As a Doctoral or Master of Philosophy candidate in the School of Government and International Relations will see you nurtured throughout your degree, and you will be ready to follow an academic or professional career upon graduation.

Our School has a strong reputation for developing emerging scholars and professionals. As a higher degree by research student, you will become part of a community, participating in the activities of the cohort and key Griffith research centres and hubs including:

Find out what our research candidates are doing

Developing academic skills

During the course of your degree you will work towards a range of academic milestones.  To help you achieve these goals you will undertake training and be guided in the development of your thesis through:

  • Methods courses in the first year
  • Specialised methods training intensives
  • Supportive milestone seminars throughout your candidature

Fostering teaching and mentorship

Opportunities are available to our research candidates to explore and grow their skills in imparting their knowledge through:

  • Teaching for Learning program
  • Guest lecturing

Honing presentation skills and scholarship

As a research candidate you will have access to activities that enhance your writing and guide you towards publication of your research in peer reviewed journals through:

  • Writing retreats
  • Collegial publication scheme

Preparation for life after your degree

The School of Government and International Relations provides support for your transition to post student life. During your degree you can access:

  • Professional development training
  • HDR internship (up to 6 months)

Steps to your Higher Degree

GIR supervisors

Find supervisors with similar research interests.

Scholarships available

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Griffith University / Griffith Business School

A range of scholarships on offer can assist candidates who are commencing their degrees, or are currently studying and cover a range of needs including tuition fees, thesis completion, travel and publication assistance.

Find out more by visiting Research Degree Scholarships here.


First Peoples Scholarships

In 2017, the School set up the Indigenous Politics Scholarship. The annual scholarship is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians with an interest in topics within the field of political science.

Details of this scholarship are released annually on opening of applications.

Contact the Higher Degrees by Research Convenor

For further information, contact Dr Lee Morgenbesser,

SGIR Higher Degree by Research Convenor