PhD scholarship in Digital Storytelling and Co-Creative Media

I’m one of the Chief Investigators on a project called Community Uses of Co-Creative Media (for short), and we’re offering a scholarship to support a PhD student commencing in 2011. Please pass this information on to anyone who may be interested and eligible!

The project

Applications are invited for a Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Faculty-based scholarship to support a PhD project (3 years) that investigates the links between community arts, media, storytelling, and creative participation. This Research Higher Degree (RHD) project will be undertaken in conjunction with an Australian Research Council-funded Linkage with industry. The successful applicant will work with Creative Industries Faculty Chief Investigators – Drs Christina Spurgeon, Helen Klaebe, Jean Burgess, John Hartley and Brad Haseman – to devise and undertake a research project that will contribute to establishing and improving ‘best practice’ knowledge of co-creative media in Australian community media and arts networks. The candidate will participate in project activities including fieldwork, experiments, and symposia, contribute to scholarly outputs of the project, and will have access to a team of nationally and internationally recognised researchers, as well as national and international academic and industry networks.


The scholarship will be awarded in the QUT 2012 scholarship round which closes on 14th October 2011. Potential applicants should contact Dr Christina Spurgeon ( ) well before this date, and allow sufficient time to complete the application form. The successful applicant would be expected to commence between January and March 2012.


The Scholarship will be equivalent to a QUT Postgraduate Research AWARD (QUTPRA) and is valued at $22,860 pa (2011 rates, tax exempt and indexed annually) for 3 years. QUTPRA rules will be apply. Further information about QUTPRAs can be accessed from here:

Research Information

The ARC Linkage Project focuses on digital storytelling as a means for propagating creative productivity across the broad population. It investigates the extent to which existing agencies and networks in community arts and community media use co-creative techniques such as digital storytelling to achieve their own aims. The research explores the tensions between new media and existing infrastructure, amateur and professional creativity, and the role of community-based agencies in extending digital literacy, especially among at-risk, remote, and under-served populations. In cooperation with the project’s Industry Partners, we will devise a model for evaluating best practice in the production, adaptation and use of non-professional innovation in creative content. Industry partner organisations are the Australia Council for the Arts, The Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Goolarri Media Enterprises, Queensland Community Television and the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. Additional information about the project and participants can be accessed from here:


The scholarship is open to domestic students and tuition fees will be covered by the Government’s Research Training Scheme (RTS). The successful applicant is expected to hold a First Class Honours Degree (or its Australian equivalent) in a relevant area. International applicants may be also be eligible if their tertiary education is deemed equivalent to an Australian First Class Honours Degree. The proposed research project must align with the ARC-funded project. Applicants must qualify for entry to a PhD program with the Creative Industries Faculty.

How to Apply

If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Dr Christina Spurgeon in the first instance (email: by 23 September, 2011. The scholarship application form and instructions can be obtained from here:

Other information

The successful applicant will be based at the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT’s Kelvin Grove campus, Brisbane, Australia.