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Curatorial Practice PhD - Past Wrongs, Future Choices - Monash University

Job no.: 636612

Faculty: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (MADA)

Location: Caulfield campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Principal Supervisor: Professor Melissa Miles

Associate Supervisor: Dr Helen Hughes

Remuneration: The successful applicant will receive a tax-free living allowance of $30,000 per annum for 3.5 years and will be supported by a Research Training Program Fees Offset scholarship.

The Opportunity

Applications are invited from appropriately qualified individuals (Australian domestic only) for a PhD scholarship funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. This PhD in Curatorial Practice is part of a larger international research project titled Past Wrongs, Future Choices (PWFC). This project focuses on the implications of the racialized uprooting, internment, dispossession, and deportation of civilians of Japanese descent (Nikkei) in allied countries throughout the Americas and the Pacific. Working with partners in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, and the United States, PWFC will foster social and political accountability, encouraging publics across the world to grapple with the question of what we owe to one another, especially in times of crisis.

The successful candidate for this PhD in Curatorial Practice will mainly be involved in producing an exhibition and written exegesis addressing these project themes, broadly or specifically. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in collaborative PWFC activities to share and integrate learnings with the international Exhibitions Cluster, and to participate in community engagement in Australia, including with PWFC partner, Nikkei Australia.

Launched in March 2014, the MADA PhD specialising in Curatorial Practice is the first in Australia and among the first in the world. The Curatorial Practice PhD is practice-based, and supports a spectrum of doctoral projects, from experimental curatorial models to academic dissertations. The University is one of the few arenas for criticality and experimentation, and this program welcomes projects driven by these same qualities.

Candidate Requirements

This scholarship opportunity is open to Australian citizens, Australian Permanent Residents and New Zealand citizens.

The successful applicant will have advanced knowledge of art, art history, arts institutions, and curating, or relevant fields of inquiry. The PhD in Curatorial Practice requires candidates to hold a minimum four-year Bachelor’s degree with Honours and a final grade of no less than H2A. Candidates will preferably hold a research Master’s qualification in a relevant discipline. As it is a research degree, the PhD in Curatorial Practice does not provide vocational training in curating or arts administration. While situating the program within an active art school emphasises curating’s engagement with contemporary art, the program is open to applicants whose projects are interdisciplinary or historical in nature. 

Applicants must fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University. Details of eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD in MADA are available at,-design-and-architecture-1322.

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

Successful applicants will be expected to enrol between July and December 2022.

Demonstration of research ability through publications and/or previous curatorial experience is desirable.


Enquiries concerning this opportunity should be directed to

Submit an Expression of Interest (EoI)

EOIs shall comprise:

  • The completed HDR Expression of Interest Form
  • Evidence of academic qualifications
  • Evidence of English-language proficiency, where applicable
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works
  • Academic writing sample

Research proposal and CV guidelines can be found at:

EOIs must be sent in the form of a single attachment to an e-mail, to

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

Closing date for the receipt of EOIs:

Thursday 30 June 2022, 11:55 pm AEST

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