The Queensland University of Technology offers a PhD Scholarship in Law to highly motivated international students. This project examines how automation, digital distribution, and intellectual property laws shape the reach and diversity of our culture.
The research aims to provide rigorous evidence to inform the development of technology-neutral regulation for Australia’s copyright industries, improve copyright licensing markets, and unlock the value of under-distributed screen content.
|Scholarship Sponsor||Queensland University of Technology|
|Scholarships level||PhD Scholarship|
|Award Amount||$40,000 per year,|
|Fellowship Period||Three years|
|Study area||Law and justice|
|Opening date||February 23, 2021|
The PhD project will be seated within the broader context of an ARC-funded project (DE210200525) that examines the impact of copyright law in Australia’s screen industries, focusing on distribution and access to audio-visual material.
Studies how streaming video-on-demand services, like Netflix and Stan, are changing what screen content gets produced, what historical, cultural material is available, what is recommended and made visible, and whose voices are heard. These decisions are increasingly informed by data about what consumers are watching, which is influenced by what titles are recommended and made visible.
The project considers how the high costs and complex logistics of screen production and distribution can be reconciled with the public goal of broad, affordable and sustained availability of audio-visual content that represents the full diversity of Australia’s people and cultures.
The application is open.
To apply for this scholarship, you must meet the entry requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
You must also:
- Be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and confirm Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander drop from stamped with a common seal belonging to a registered organisation. Find out more about the confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent via the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies website.
- Have a background in Law, Digital Media, Communications or a related discipline.
- Enrol as a full-time, internal student.
You’ll receive a scholarship, tax-exempt and indexed annually of $40,000 per year, with a possible six-month extension (subject to satisfactory progress).
During their PhD, the candidate will drive a research project that examines the diversity of screen content in Australia, with a particular focus on content that is produced by or represents First Nations people. The project will evaluate how Indigenous screen content is funded, delivered, made visible, and distributed in Australia and will investigate whether regulatory interventions are required to better support Indigenous cultural production and dissemination, especially in light of technological change and ongoing funding cuts to Australia’s public service broadcasters.
Interested applicants must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for consideration before applying for this scholarship, as per QUT’s how to use the website.
The EOI must include:
- An up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV);
- Academic transcripts for prior study;
- A research proposal addressing the scholarship topic and explaining why you would be an excellent candidate for this scholarship;
- A writing sample (e.g. copy of an article or essay you have completed); and
- Contact details for two academic referees.
The EOI must indicate that you are applying for this scholarship and have Dr Kylie Pappalardo nominated as your potential supervisor.