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2018 Monash PhD Opportunity in Criminology

Department/Unit: Social and Political Sciences Graduate Research Program

Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts

Remuneration: The successful applicant will receive a Faculty of Arts Research Living Allowance. Current value: $27,353 p.a. 2018 full-time rate (tax-free stipend); indexed plus allowances as per RTP stipend scholarship conditions at: The tuition fee which applies to international students would be waived.

Duration: 3 year fixed-term appointment

Work Location: Clayton campus

The Opportunity 

A PhD position (cybercrime) is being sought in the Social and Political Graduate Research Program in conjunction with the Criminology Program in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. To be eligible for this scholarship, the proposed project must focus on the Asia-Pacific region and fit within one of the following four categories:

  • Cybercrime/Cyber Security
  • Governance of Cyberspace
  • Co-production of Cyber Security/internet vigilantism
  • Technology, security and crime

Monash University is the largest university in Australia and regularly ranks in the top 100 universities worldwide. Monash has six globally networked campuses and international alliances in Europe and Asia. The successful applicant will be based at the Clayton campus in Melbourne. Melbourne has recently been named the “Most Liveable City in the World” for the seventh year running by The Economist.

The successful candidate will work alongside researchers in Criminology within the School of Social Sciences. The Criminology program at Monash is internationally renowned for its global focus on crimes that cause widespread, measurable harm and the prevention of these harms. Monash criminologists examine crime and crime control in a time of massive social change and global mobility. We have a strong research culture, led by a dynamic group of researchers. Monash Criminology is distinct in Australia for its consistent success in attracting national and international competitive funding for major research. We are research leaders in global fields of inquiry including cybercrime, migration and border regulation, human trafficking and the exclusion and exploitation of vulnerable populations.

In addition to the scholarship, the successful applicant will have access to a range of travel grants and research funding. Research candidates have secured funding for research trips spanning conferences and major events relevant to their own independent research, as well as other research-related expenses.

Please note applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered.

Candidate Requirements

The successful applicant will have excellent academic track record in Criminology. A track record in other relevant disciplines (e.g., Computer Science, Law, Sociology and Psychology) might also be an advantage.

Applicants will be considered provided that they fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University. Details of eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD in the Faculty of Arts are available at

Candidates will be required to meet Monash admission requirements which include English-language proficiency skills. Scholarship holders must be enrolled full time and on campus.

Successful applicants will be expected to enrol by 1 July 2019. However, there may be some flexibility as to the date of commencement.

How to Apply

EOIs shall comprise:

  1. A cover letter that includes a brief statement of the applicant’s suitability
  2. A research proposal not exceeding 750 words in length
  3. A curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works, conference presentations and relevant work experience
  4. A full statement of academic record, supported by scanned copies of relevant certified documentation
  5. Contact details of two academic referees
  6. Evidence of English-language proficiency (international applicants only)

It is expected that applicants will have discussed their intention to apply with Dr Lennon Chang prior to submitting an EOI.

EOIs shall be sent, preferably in the form of a single attachment to an e-mail, to Ms Merci Ikeda, Graduate Research Admissions Officer, Faculty of Arts, at the following e-mail address:

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, over Skype if necessary. The interviews will be conducted in English.


Enquiries concerning intended topics for research and other academic matters should be directed in the first instance to Dr Lennon Chang, School of Social Sciences: (+61 3) 9905 2967 OR

Closing Date

Friday 30 October 2018, 11:55 pm AEDT


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