The Monash Rudewych PhD Scholarships in Ukrainian Studies

Faculty / Portfolio:
Faculty of Arts, Literary and Cultural Studies Program

Clayton campus, Monash University

Professor Marko Pavlyshyn, director, Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies, School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics

$25,849 p.a. full-time rate (tax-free stipend); indexed plus allowances as per APA/MGS conditions

The Opportunity

Two PhD stipends, each of equal value to an Australian Postgraduate Award, are available to support research in Ukrainian Studies or in related fields within the humanities or social sciences.

The Scholarships are made available in fulfilment of one of the conditions of a major gift by Mr Victor Rudewych and Ms Maria Rudewych. The value of the benefaction, whose purpose is to support Ukrainian Studies at Monash University, is $1.52 million.

The aim of the Scholarships is to enable innovative research into topics related to Ukraine and Ukrainians across a wide range of scholarly disciplines. Applications proposing research into topics of contemporary relevance, as well as those envisaging the application of comparative and interdisciplinary research methods, will be especially welcome, although all excellent applications will be given consideration. Topic areas may include the culture, literature, language, history, society, economy and politics of Ukraine and Ukrainian communities outside Ukraine.

Supervision teams for successful applicants will comprise the director of the Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies and one or more members of the University from the discipline or disciplines relevant to the topic.


  1. Any published material resulting from research carried out by Scholarship holders will acknowledge the Scholarships and their founders.
  2. These are three-year scholarships. There will be no extensions.
  3. Applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered. (For purposes of the application process for a Monash Rudewych PhD Scholarship, the “Candidate of Sciences” degree will not be considered the equivalent of a PhD.)

Candidate Requirements

Successful applicants will have excellent academic track records in Ukrainian Studies and/or in the disciplines in which the research will be undertaken.

Applicants will be considered provided that they fulfil the requirements for PhD admission at Monash University.

Eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD in the Faculty of Arts…

The scholarship will be awarded at the equivalent of current Australian Postgraduate Award rates. Prospective international applicants should note that Monash University’s Faculty of Arts will cover the international student tuition fee. Candidates will be required to meet Monash entry requirements which include English-language skills. Scholarship holders must be enrolled full time and on campus.

Successful applicants will be expected to enrol in March 2016. There may be some flexibility as to the date of commencement.


Enquiries concerning intended topics for research and other academic matters should be directed to Professor Marko Pavlyshyn, director, Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies, Monash University (+61 3 9905 2259;

Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)

EOIs shall comprise:

  • A cover letter that includes a brief statement of the applicant’s suitability
  • A research proposal not exceeding 1000 words in length
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works
  • A full statement of academic record, supported by scanned copies of relevant certified documentation
  • Contact details of three referees
  • Evidence of English-language proficiency (international applicants only)

It is expected that applicants will have been in discussion with a potential thesis supervisor prior to submission of the application.

EOIs shall be sent, preferably in the form of a single attachment to an e-mail, to Ms Michelle Mei, Graduate Research Coordinator, Faculty of Arts, at the following e-mail address:

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, over Skype if necessary. The interviews will be conducted in English.

Please note the Rudewych Scholarship is a scheme which is administered outside of Monash University’s central graduate research scholarship rounds. If you would like to be considered for other Monash PhD scholarships in additional to the Rudewych Scholarship, please indicate this in your EOI submission.

Closing date for receipt of applications:

Friday 16 October 2015, 11:55 p.m. Australian Eastern Daylight Time