Summer/Winter Research Scholarship Program 2017

Applications for the Winter round have now closed. Applications for the Summer round will open in July 2017.


BlackWords for Young Adults 
Project Duration: 4-6 weeks.
Project Background: This project requires a research assistant to help with developing and updating important educational resources relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander texts for young adults including film, television, and theatre works. It will involve editing existing content in the BlackWords project and curating online exhibitions and information trails to support the teaching of texts at secondary schools and at universities around Australia. The project would also incolve assisting in the organisation of a symposium with teachers, occuring in October 2017. Some promotional work would be required.
AustLit is a not-for-profit research and educational resource run out of the School of Communication and Arts with a team of researchers, writers, and web developers. It has a national profile and covers all forms of Australian storytelling.
Expected outcomes and deliverables: The duties for this scholarship will include: Researching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers of young adult material; Learning to use the AustLit database to discover and organise records relating to the project; Searching for relevant images and other content to use in online exhibitions; Creating new and updating existing online exhibitions.
Suitable for: This project is suitable for students who have the ability to write succinctly and research well, and who have an interest in contemporary publishing and disruptive technologies.
Primary Supervisor: Kerry Kilner, Director, AustLit -


Teaching UQ journalism students about foreign correspondence through intensive, immersive and experiential courses conducted in Indonesia, India and Vietnam
Project Duration: 4-6 weeks.
Project Background: UQ's journalism program has conducted a series of work integrated learning courses in Indonesia, Vietnam and India since 2012. Between 10 and 20 students are selected to take part on every occasion and funding is supplied in large part by the  Federal Government's New Colombo Plan. I have published several articles and conference papers based on these case studies. The methodology includes content analysis of the students' work which is posted to a dedicated website for each course; student reflections as expressed through a Survey Monkey questionnaire; my own reflections as the researcher and as a former foreign correspondent; and extensive literature reviews.
Expected outcomes and deliverables: Research students will conduct a thorough content analysis of all the websites using 14 categories ranging from type of story (news, current affairs, commentary) to the gender of the main protagonist being quoted. As well, I am planning to contact a dozen current and former foreign correspondents to ask for their reflections and use their ideas to identify "consummate masteries", both innate and learned, that foreign correspondents need to do the job well. The work of the UQ journalism students could then be ranked against these "consummate masteries".
Suitable for: Students with the ability to code and identify content according to a predetermined set of criteria (provided).
Primary Supervisor: Bruce Wooley, School of Communication and Arts -

    Frontiers of Science: pictures and progress
    Project Duration: 4-6 weeks.
    Project Background: What can an Australian newspaper comic strip series from the 1960s and 70s tell us about the ways that science was practiced, understood and advocated for, and how does that period prefigure what counts as popular science in the 21st century?
    Frontiers of Science was a factual comic strip that was published every weekday for twenty years in hundreds of newspapers around the world. It is a remarkable artifact of science history and Australian science popularization that has until now received scant attention. This project uses the comic strip series to explore intersections of science with the military, modernity, comics, art and politics. Chapters on communication, rockets, big science, the frontier, gendered science, and environmentalism explore the ways that popular science circulated.
    Expected outcomes and deliverables: The student will conduct archival research of newspapers and magazines, and will help to manage a large writing project. Tasks will also include reference checking and library searches. S/he will contribute to research for the later stages of the book project, and will learn more about literature reviews, interdisciplinarity, and how to work as a research assistant.
    Suitable for: The successful student will have advanced research skills in the humanities. S/he will be good at working alone, and at communicating the outcomes of her/his research.
    Primary Supervisor: Dr Maureen Burns, School of Communication and Arts -

    Australian Happy Story
    Project Duration: 4-6 weeks.
    Project Background: The project is a novel (working title: Australian Happy Story), which aims to be something of a twenty-first century reimagining of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. The book will be a satirical study of modern society’s relationship to aging and death, incorporating a vision of “evil” as not so much centred on a “devil” of biblical interpretation, but as an ignorant 9 year-old child who revels in spreading its own stupidity through humanity—thereby causing all the world’s problems. Counterbalanced to this is a story of a septuagenarian given a second chance at life with new youth and revitalised energy, but only if he can celebrate life through music, food, humour, love, sex, blue skies, black nights and infinite galaxies. The book opens with the massacre of an entire Italian village community during the last stages of World War II and ends ten years from the present in a monastic community high in the alpine micro state of San Marino.
    Expected outcomes and deliverables: The student chosen for this project will research, investigate and report on cultures, places and topics within the list below (not all, given the 4-6 week timeframe of the program, so we’ll agree how to prioritise these). However, this means the student will gain very detailed insight into the breadth of research that can go into the genesis of a major work of fiction; they will learn how to collate that information and present it in a creative, non-didactic manner; they will have guidance with how to go about finding primary and secondary research sources. Some of the things we’ll need to investigate include: Monastic communities and churches of San Marino (Basilica di San Marino; Monastero di Santa Chiara; Chiesa di San Francesco; Chiesa di San Pietro; Chiesa di San Paolo apostolo; Santuario della Beata Vergine della Consolazione) Scientific research into, and theories of, longevity; The concept & philosophy of “Immortalism”; German occupation of Italian regions in WWII; Allied liberation of Italian regions; Society & politics of a number of micro states, but specifically San Marino, surrounded by Italy, which is the world’s 5th smallest country (Vatican is the first, then Monaco, Nauru and Tuvalu)
    Suitable for: The applicant must:  Have a clear interest in creative writing and fiction; Possess excellent research skills (proficient in library searches, not simply Google); Be skilled in distilling large amounts of information into useful summaries; Be proficient in proofreading and editing 
    Primary Supervisor: Dr Veny Armanno, School of Communication and Arts -


    Rehearsing the Future - Australia Pacific Art & Global Change
    Project Duration: 4-6 weeks.
    Project Background: Global Change is a term primarily associated with the sciences, but it is also a matter of mindsets, cultures, and sensibilities. How we make sense of our world is fundamental to understanding how to save it. This exhibition showcases art from the Australia Pacific region that envisions change in our global world, presenting images that rehearse potential futures. These artists are proactive rather than reactive in thinking about where we can go as a global community working across boundaries, borders and differences. 
    Artists involved in this exhibition have indigenous heritage in some form but the exhibition is not about indigeneity per se but instead considers the psychological impact when the most ‘local’ of identities rehearses global futures. All of the artists are also outstanding collaborators who work with communities and individuals across the Australia Pacific region and the world. 
    Expected outcomes and deliverables: Curatorial research experience; Enhancing interdisciplinary research skills across academic sectors; Involvement in research collaborations working across campus; Potential future employment as curatorial assistant.
    Suitable for: Advanced high-achieving art history students preferably with some Indigenous studies background.
    Primary Supervisor: A/Prof Sally Butler, School of Communication and Arts -


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