We sometimes place small data files called cookies on your device, which enable this website to work properly and remember your preferences. You can delete all cookies already on your device and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed, however some functionalities may not work.

Australian LGBTI military history full-time research PhD scholarship now on offer

2015 12 02 ReflectionsWeb

The Australian Catholic University (ACU) is sponsoring a full-time research PhD scholarship for the LGBTI military history research project 'Serving In Silence?'.

The project seeks to uncover the stories and history of LGBTI members of the Australian Defence Force since 1945. This collaboration is the first of its kind and is being led by DEFGLIS members Dr Noah Riseman (ACU), Dr Shirleene Robinson (Macquarie University) and Dr Graeme Willett (Australian Gay and Lesbian Archives and University of Melbourne).

Members of DEFGLIS and the wider community are encouraged to apply for the position where you will play a large roll in uncovering an exceptionally important facet of LGBTI history within the Australian Military. Applications close on 16 January 2016.

Those interested in applying for the position should read the below information which has been supplied by the ACU.

Australian Catholic University, School of Arts, Historical Studies Research Concentration

History at ACU was judged ‘world-class’ in the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) review in 2012. The Historical Studies Research Concentration advances ACU’s reputation for internationally-recognised historical research through its focus on some of the burning issues in Australian and European history. Established in 2013, the Concentration brings together early, mid-career and senior scholars in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Our historians undertake leading edge academic research as well as making significant contributions to important public debates. Our scholars have diverse research interests in social, cultural and political history, but pay special attention to issues of social justice connected to gender, race, class and youth. The Historical Studies Research Concentration is part of ACU’s National School of Arts.

Research scholarship: Serving in Silence? Australian LGBTI Military Service since 1945

There is one full-time PhD scholarship available to undertake research related to the ARC-funded project ‘Serving in Silence? Australian LGBTI Military Service since 1945’. This project aims to investigate how the Australian armed forces have grappled with changing social attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people from the end of World War Two until the present. The project plans to analyse why in some eras the Australian military has been an international leader in facilitating social change, while at other times it has lagged behind civilian norms. It aims to reveal the untold experiences of LGBTI personnel, the processes of change to policies and practices, and their relationship to wider cultural shifts around sexuality and gender. The expected project outcomes will inform current debates about Australian Defence Force culture and wider questions about how institutions respond to social change.

We invite PhD applicants to submit a proposal that falls under the remit of this project, looking at a specifically focused aspect of research. Proposals need to be 2,000 words in length, outlining the specific area of research, aims, methodology, feasibility, timeline and a preliminary survey of sources. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the project leader to discuss ideas before preparing a proposal.

The project team is led by Dr Noah Riseman and also includes Dr Shirleene Robinson of Macquarie University and Dr Graham Willett of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives and University of Melbourne. The successful candidate will ideally be located in Melbourne, but we are willing to consider exceptional applicants based in Sydney or Canberra.


Applicants must hold an appropriate undergraduate degree with Honours at a minimum level of Second Class Division A (Hons 2A) or equivalent; or a Master’s degree with appropriate research training in a relevant field; or an equivalent qualification.


Australian Postgraduate Award rate ($26,288 per annum in 2016) plus a $5,000 per annum (non-indexed) top-up.

Scholarship-specific criteria

  • Academic excellence, including, but not limited to, academic awards or grants.
  • Knowledge and research experience in one or more of the following fields: history, Australian studies, gender studies or sexuality studies.
  • Prior oral history or archival research experience and publication of research findings are desirable.
  • Ability to contribute to a team.
  • Management and organisational skills.
  • High level verbal and written English proficiency.

Study mode: Full-time

Closing date: 15 January 2016

How to apply

If you are a domestic applicant, complete the Domestic Application for Higher Degree Research Candidature / Postgraduate Research Scholarship (Word, 170KB).

If you are an international applicant, complete the international online application form available at http://www.acu.edu.au/international/study_research.

These application forms require a research proposal of 2,000 words which includes the proposed aims, methodology, feasibility, timeline and preliminary survey of sources.

In addition, applicants should include:

  • A cover letter of no more than three pages outlining their interest in the specific topic area, and providing evidence of how they meet the scholarship-specific criteria listed above.
  • A copy of their CV, focusing especially on their research experience.

Applications should be sent direct to:

Graduate Research
P.O. Box 968
North Sydney NSW 2059
E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information contact

Dr Noah Riseman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +61 (3) 9953 3226

Visit the ACU website here for more details and to apply

Original Source: Australian Catholic University Website

2016 05 10 ReflectionsThumb


Latest News

Breaking the Binary: Gender Diversity in Defence

DEFGLIS celebrates International Non-binary People’s Day on 14 July 2020 International Non-Binary People’s day is held every year on 14 July, at the midpoint between International Women’s and International Men’s days...

Read more

LGBTI DV Awareness Day launches 28 May 2020

DEFGLIS Treasurer Don Robertson discusses active bystander behaviour and support for domestic & family violence victims - along with the launch of LGBTI DV Awareness Day with DVConnect Director Ben Bjarnesen DEFGLIS...

Read more

DEFGLIS Board Update: May 2020

DEFGLIS is providing advice on transgender and gender diverse policies, and seeking out opportunities for networking in the wake of COVID-19. This update provides a snapshot of the key outcomes...

Read more

Rainbow cake and conversations: 30 year IDAHOBIT milestone celebrated globally

DEFGLIS Events Director Bonnie Doyle discusses why 30 years on, IDAHOBIT is such an important day for our community. I’m at a brand new workplace this year and I raised the...

Read more

Experience in management, communication or support?

Become a volunteer