Tasmania: PhD Studies – Interfaith Movement in Australia

The University of Tasmainia in collboration with Monash University and Deakin University provide study opportunity to interested participants in the Interfaith Movement in Australia. The study focusses on evaluating the impact of interfaith activities on religous diversity in Australia.


The University of Tasmania has a long and distinguished history of innovation and research excellence. Building on our distinctive island environment and intellectual capacity to solve global challenges, we have cemented a position within the top 2% of research institutions worldwide. The College of Arts, Law & Education, School of Social Sciences is offering a 3-year fully funded PhD scholarship for an Honours or equivalent graduate in Sociology and Criminology. This scholarship provides $27,082 per annum (2018 rate) living allowance for 3 years, with a possible 6 month extension.

The research project

This project is one part of a larger ARC Discovery project on religious diversity in Australia led by Douglas Ezzy (University of Tasmania), Gary Bouma (Monash University), Greg Barton and Anna Halafoff (both from Deakin University). The PhD project involves a study of the interfaith movement in Australia, focusing on evaluating their impact on responses to religious diversity. Interfaith organisations play significant roles in promoting respect for religious diversity, community policing, prison and health care chaplaincy, responses to disasters, and advancing the social cohesion that is crucial to countering violent extremism. The project involves research with leaders and activists in the Australian interfaith movement about the benefits of and challenges faced in their activities and their experience of liaising with state actors, including police and the media. The PhD is at the University of Tasmania and will be supervised by Professor Douglas Ezzy and Dr Anna Halafoff.


The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:

  • The scholarship is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates;
  • The degree must be undertaken on a full-time basis;
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a First Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector;
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills.
  • Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
  • Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include: Sociology and/or Religious Studies and experience in qualitative and/or quantitative methods.

How to apply

Applicants should contact Professor Douglas Ezzy at the School of Social Sciences (Douglas.Ezzy@utas.edu.au) for more information and to discuss their suitability for the project. Suitable applicants will then be asked to complete an application via the University of Tasmania’s Online Application System.