[Air-L] Call for Applications: CCI PhD Research Opportunities in 2011

Axel Bruns a.bruns at qut.edu.au
Thu Sep 2 18:57:54 PDT 2010

G'day !

Apologies for the length of this, and for any cross-posts, but this call for PhD applications at Australia's leading centre for research in many of the areas of relevance to AoIR members might be of interest to quite a few people here:

PhD research opportunities at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation in 2011

Undertaking your PhD at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI) means you will be working with world class researchers who can offer supervision of the highest standards. Our research activities cover a broad range of emerging issues, themes and projects across the entertainment and creative industries including innovation and policy development; significant project collaborations with Asia; a major project looking at broadband services; mapping the creative industries; IP law; a global cultural futures study and other projects which engage community and industry partners in creative industries from major film studios to the Salvation Army and 'at-risk' young people working as media co-creators.


The ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI) was established in 2005 to focus research and development on the role the creative industries and their contributing disciplines make to a more dynamic and inclusive innovation system and society. 

With core support from the Australian Research Council from 2005-13, it is acknowledged as a global leader in this emerging field. It is a broadly-based, cross-disciplinary, internationally-focused centre embracing both fundamental theoretical, and highly applied, research in media, cultural and communication studies, law, education, economics and business and information technology, addressing key problems and opportunities arising for Australia, the Asian region, and more broadly in the world, from innovation in and through the creative economy. 
The Centre's administering institution is the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. The core collaborating partners are Swinburne University of Technology (VIC), Australian Film Television and Radio School (NSW), Edith Cowan University (WA), University of Wollongong (NSW) and the University of New South Wales.

The Centre's research projects are organised around four key themes:

* Conceptual Modelling

* Digital Innovations

* Policy and Macro-Trends

* Skills and Creative Capital

Within these four themes, a number of past and current projects span a wide range of interests and topics. We encourage you to visit the CCI Projects Page at: http://www.cci.edu.au/projects to find out more about the Centre's activities.


A PhD at CCI gives you the chance to undertake in-depth study in a specific area, by way of independent learning combined with the mentoring of internationally renowned researchers.

Graduate research students at CCI have a passion for their topics and fields of research. They take the opportunity to examine important problems at the cutting edge of their disciplines. A list of current CCI research students and their topics is available at: http://www.cci.edu.au/content/current-research-students.

Applicants would normally have completed a recognised Australian master's degree by research or bachelor's degree with first or second class honours (division 1).

To support you in your research studies, The Commonwealth Government Department of Education provides Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) which are tenable at an Australian tertiary institution for doctoral and masters research degrees. The scholarships are each valued at $22,500 (tax free) per annum with additional relocation and thesis allowances. Competition for the APA is high. 

Prospective students, both domestic and international, may also apply for university awarded post graduate scholarships. Some of these offer a living allowance comparable to the APA scholarships as well as offering a number of top-up scholarships. For further information on scholarships, including each University's internal deadlines, see the following links:





Edith Cowan:


University of Wollongong:


In addition to the awards mentioned above, competitively-selected top-up scholarships are available to CCI research students who undertake their PhD under the supervision of CCI researchers at one of the following institutions:

* Queensland University of Technology

* Swinburne University of Technology

* Edith Cowan University

* University of Wollongong

We would like to encourage you to apply. The deadlines for all these scholarships occur during October.


To view potential PhD projects commencing in 2011, visit http://cci.edu.au/content/potential-cci-phd-projects-2011 

First, think about the area in which you would like to conduct research by visiting the centre website http://cci.edu.au/. Here you can view our current projects and possible supervisors. You can also visit the CCI webpage for Research Students at: http://cci.edu.au/about/research_students.

You should then put together a brief proposal and email it along with your CV to the supervisor who you wish to work with and make further contact with them to discuss the proposal. A list of our supervisors with their email contacts is below. Alternatively, you can email Dr Harvey May at h.may at qut.edu.au with your proposal, who will seek to match your area of interest with a CCI supervisor.

Once you have made contact with the supervisor you are interested in working with, you will need to complete the Scholarship Application form at your university of choice. Remember, the closing dates vary from university to university but are between the 17th and 31st of October, 2010. For application forms and advice, please email the Research Student Support Officer at the CCI partner university you wish to enrol at:

Queensland University of Technology: kate.simmonds at qut.edu.au

Edith Cowan University: scholarships at ecu.edu.au

Swinburne University of Technology: dmeredyth at swin.edu.au

University of Wollongong: wgullett at uow.edu.au

Potential CCI supervisors and their research interests are listed here:

Some ideas for potential PhD projects commencing in 2011 are listed here: http://cci.edu.au/content/potential-cci-phd-projects-2011

Dr Axel Bruns              http://snurb.info/ - http://produsage.org/
ARC Centre for Creative Industries and Innovation  http://cci.edu.au/
Associate Professor, Media & Communication         a.bruns at qut.edu.au
Creative Industries Faculty, Z1-515, CIP     Twitter: @snurb_dot_info
Queensland University of Technology                    +61 7 31385548
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