Graduate research

Doctor of Philosophy

The Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy offers a world-class PhD program for high-calibre candidates from around the world. We offer supervision by academics recognised as research leaders by their peers and funding for your fieldwork and conferences.

There are two program pathways for completion of your PhD; the standard PhD requires the completion of two courses relating to research methodology, whilst the professional pathway targets candidates with considerable diplomatic experience and requires the completion of 1 year of coursework (including courses on methodology). Entrance requirements for each are different, but both end with submission of dissertation of up to 100,000 words.

Duration of candidature

A PhD normally takes between three to four years full-time or up to eight years part-time study. Students are generally required to submit a thesis of up to 100,000 words that makes a substantial contribution to the relevant scholarly literature and demonstrates how their research relates to their discipline.

Admission criteria

Admission to the standard PhD program normally requires as a minimum qualification an Australian university honours degree (at the level honours 2A or above), or equivalent prior studies in Australia or elsewhere (for example a bachelor’s degree plus a graduate diploma or a master’s degree) that includes some research work.

Professional qualifications and work experience of at least 10 years are required for admission via the professional pathway.

There are also English language requirements.

Application deadlines

PhD applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. However, please keep in mind that: (a) there are deadlines for scholarships; and (b) there are advantages to commencing study at the beginning of the Australian academic year (February).

In order to fulfil the requirements of ANU’s internal scholarship application process, prospective HDR (Higher Degree Research) must meet a number of deadlines which depend on if they are a domestic or an international applicant.

For International students: the applicant must send an initial expression of interest to the Department’s HDR Convenor as soon as possible, but not later than 31 May. An international applicant who wishes to be considered for an ANU scholarship will subsequently be required to submit a full application through the ANU Application Manager by 31 July at the latest. This time frame is designed so that we can help you finalise your application package before the scholarship committees meet. Applications that are submitted after 31 July but before 31 August will still be considered; however, such applications risk being incomplete at the time of consideration as they will not have benefitted from the abovementioned review process.

For domestic students: the applicant must send an initial expression of interest to the Department’s HDR Convenor as soon as possible, but no later than 31 July. A domestic applicant who wishes to be considered for an ANU scholarship will subsequently be required to submit a full application through the ANU Application Manager by 30 September at the latest. This time frame is designed so that we can help you finalise your application package before the scholarship committees meet. Applications that are submitted after 30 September but before 31 October will still be considered; however, such applications risk being incomplete at the time of consideration as they will not have benefitted from the abovementioned review process.

For non-ANU scholarships, prospective students must express their interest in the Department’s graduate research programs to the HDR Convenor at least two months in advance of the respective scholarship program deadlines (if formal acceptance to a university is a scholarship eligibility requirement).

How to apply

Follow these 5 preparatory steps prior to submitting your formal application to the ANU.

Fees and scholarships

Domestic students (ie, citizens of Australia and New Zealand and permanent residents of Australia) are eligible for the Research Training Scheme (RTS) – their tuition fees are covered by a HECS Exemption scholarship.

All other students are required to pay International Student Fees (ISF) unless these are covered by a scholarship.

Contact

The HDR Convenor in the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy is Professor Geoffrey Wiseman

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