The School of Government and International Relations is offering one PhD scholarship for each of the following research areas –

Autocratic Regimes and International Election Observation – This scholarship supports a comparative research study on the relationship between autocratic regimes and international election observation. Applicants are invited to conduct research on the origins, dynamics, value, and/or impact of autocratic regimes complying – in varying degrees – to the norm of international election observation. Applicants are encouraged to situate their research project in any country or region of the world.

The Politics of the 'Fair Go' in Australia and New Zealand – The fair go is one of the most distinctive and enduring cultural and political expressions in Australia and New Zealand. For many commentators, the fair go reflects a distinctive egalitarian tradition in these two settler colonial countries. Yet Australia and New Zealand have always been unequal societies, with some social groups experiencing systemic disadvantage Furthermore, economic inequalities have grown significantly in recent decades. This project is the first to ask what the 'fair go' means to Australians, New Zealanders, and their political representatives. We want to know how the meaning of the fair go has evolved over time, and how the language of the fair go has shaped public policies in both countries. The PhD student will join a trans-Tasman team of internationally renowned public policy researchers to explore how the politics of inequality is evolving in Australia and New Zealand.

The School of Government and International Relations comprises nearly 30 academic staff with a breadth and depth of expertise. Our core research revolves around the areas of democracy, elections, and inclusion; public policy, indigenous politics, and institutional reform; gender, peace, and human rights; as well as politics and security in the Asia Pacific. This research program has been awarded consecutive ratings of “5” – the highest possible – in the three most recent Excellence in Research for Australia evaluations. Our School has strategic partnerships with the Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Gender Equality Research Network, Griffith Asia Institute, Policy Innovation Hub, and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government. In addition, staff are actively engaged with a wide range of external stakeholders in government, industry, and the media.

The School of Government and International Relations has cultivated a vibrant PhD program. Currently comprised of 36 candidates, they enjoy access to scholarships, grants, and funding; professional development, experience, and training; as well as support and wellbeing services. Our graduates have gone on to become academics, civil servants, entrepreneurs, lawyers, political consultants, policy advisors, and research officers, amongst many other occupations.

For more information on our School’s PhD program, consult this brochure.

The selection of applicants for the award of higher degree research scholarships at Griffith University involves consideration of your academic merit and research background.

  • Expressions of interest are welcome from domestic and international applicants.
  • Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete, a bachelors degree with honours equivalent to first class honours or a Masters degree (AQF Level 9) incorporating a significant research component of a standard comparable to a bachelor honours degree or be regarded by Griffith University as having an equivalent level of attainment in accordance with Schedule One of the HDR Scholarship Policy. For further information on the eligibility requirements for the program refer here.

The 2022 Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship has an annual stipend of $28,854 (indexed) for a period of up to three years of full-time study. Please see the GUPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

A successful International applicant will also be awarded a Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to cover tuition fees for up to three years. Please see the GUIPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

As a scholarship holder, you will study with a University that ranks among the top 2% worldwide and spans across campuses in South East Queensland. At Griffith University, we’ve worked hard to create a culture that will challenge you to be curious, creative and courageous. We also support the professional and personal development of all our HDR candidates and invest in the skills of our people. Griffith University values diversity, inclusion and flexibility and we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply. Griffith's strategic goals are to also increase the proportion of women in senior academic and administrative roles and in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

For project related enquiries please contact:

Autocratic Regimes and International Election Observation – Dr Lee Morgenbesser

Understanding the Antipodean ‘Fair Go’ ­– Dr Cosmo Howard

For administration enquiries please contact:

Griffith Graduate Research School


Please do not select the “APPLY” button. All expressions of interest must be submitted to the appropriate contact for each project including

  • Statement addressing your suitability for the project/scholarship (i.e. a research proposal)
  • Evidence that you have completed a program with the required grades as detailed in the about you section
  • A curriculum vitae (CV)

The closing date for expressions of interest is: 11:59pm  17 June 2022

The preferred applicants will then be invited to apply for the program and scholarship on-line

Ready to start your research journey?