The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music (the University of Melbourne) is offering a scholarship for an outstanding PhD student to join an international team exploring the social and psychological processes by which music has positive cohesion and resilience effects in intercultural contexts.

An action research project working with/establishing an intercultural music engagement group in a multicultural suburb in Melbourne will be the main task for the student. Collaborating with the international research team the student will evaluate the research evidence, extrapolate from theoretical models and contribute to best practice guidelines. The findings will become the basis for the student’s thesis produced under the supervision of the project’s lead chief investigator Prof Jane Davidson.


  • Supervision towards a PhD at the University of Melbourne
  • Participation in an ARC funded project with collaborators from NSW and the UK.
  • A PhD stipend for a period of 3.5 years at $31,200 per annum (2020 rate, indexed annually)

Applicants are required to meet the entry requirements for the PhD in Fine Arts and Music, which include completion of a Bachelors degree with honours, completion of a research component in previous studies (eg, and honours thesis) and evidence of research methods training (eg, a research methods subject in honours). For more information see

Please send academic enquiries to Jane Davidson on and application enquiries to David Strover on

Applications should be sent to both Jane Davidson and David Strover and include:

  • A comprehensive CV
  • A copy of your academic transcripts (if you studied at Melbourne just provide your student number)
  • A short statement (no more than 1 page) detailing your suitability to join this project.

Closing Date: 31 October 2019