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A PhD opportunity is available at the University of Melbourne for a project related to biology, culture and difference. A top-up scholarship of $8000 p.a. is available for a PhD student who can secure a primary scholarship (e.g. Australian Postgraduate Award) for full time study at The University of Melbourne. To receive a primary scholarship candidates should have a good Honours or Masters degree in anthropology, sociology, history, cultural studies, Indigenous studies, history and philosophy of science, bioethics, or other relevant discipline.
The precise scope and research questions would be developed by the student, but would contribute to social science or humanities scholarship on biological difference. The project would broadly relate to Dr Emma Kowal's ARC Project "from scientific specimen to Indigenous cultural property: The collection and use of Indigenous DNA samples since the 1960s", a transdisciplinary study that investigates the provenance and use of Indigenous biospecimen collections held in Australia. The PhD would be based in the Discipline of Anthropology, School of Social and Political Science, and supervised by Dr Emma Kowal, with co-supervision in relevant disciplines (e.g. history, bioethics, cultural studies, history and philosophy of science) arranged as appropriate.