PhD Scholarship – Disability on Television: Access, Representation and Reception, Curtin University, Australia

Call for expressions of interest

PhD Scholarship РDisability on Television: Access, Representation and Reception, Department of Internet Studies

Curtin University is looking for an outstanding scholar for a full-time PhD scholarship to work on a large-scale study of disability and television. The study aims to assess the mutually important areas of accessibility and representation to explore the importance of digital televisions to the social inclusion of Australians with disability. Using an innovative multimodal research programme the project leverages participatory media to gain new user centred insights. The project will also offer insights regarding newer forms of television through a usability analysis of the range of web-capable devices that can be used to access TV to discover whether they are more or less enabling for people across a diverse range of disabilities.

The successful applicant will be a full team member of an Australian Research Council grant that asks, ‘How does digital television create a social space for people with disability, when impairment makes watching television challenging and social stigma against disability is perpetuated through representation?’ Possible areas of research include:

  • Television accessibility
  • The representation of disability on contemporary forms of television such as online streaming platforms
  • The intersections between television representation and online discussion
  • Employment of people with disabilities in television industries

The successful applicant will work with Dr Katie Ellis. Applicants with disciplinary backgrounds in media studies, disability studies, communications or the digital humanities are encouraged to apply. The award is to commence in 2015.

Value and benefits

The successful candidate will receive a stipend of $25,392 (2014 value) tax-free per annum which will be indexed annually for the duration of the award

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants should be enrolling full-time and possess the following:

  • A first class Honours degree, research Masters degree or equivalent
  • Strong research skills
  • ¬†Experience working with people with disabilities

How to apply


Further information

Please contact Dr Katie Ellis via email (

Applications Close: 5pm Friday 17th October 2014


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