News — Jean Burgess, 18 February 2011

On behalf of our colleagues in media, communication, cultural and journalism studies at QUT, I’m passing on an announcement about a new Australian fellowship scheme aimed at Early Career Researchers (0-5 years from PhD).

On a personal note, given the focus of our own work and the significant growth in activity around internet, digital media and games studies at QUT in recent years, Axel and I would be particularly keen to see a large number of high quality applications from people working in these areas; and especially those with a demonstrated interest in methodological innovation. Feel free to contact either of us directly for an informal chat or to ask questions about the research and work environment here; however more formal expressions of interest should go to the email addresses listed below. And one other thing to note: the official ARC rules for the scheme haven’t yet been released, but as far as we know so far, it is possible that these fellowships will be open to both Australian and international researchers.

Update: the rules have now been released and are available here – see the bottom of the post for further details on the application process.

In 2011, the Australian Research Council is introducing a new funding scheme for early career researchers, the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), for funding commencing in 2012. We hereby call for expressions of interest from eligible researchers wishing to conduct their DECRA research at QUT in the communication, media, cultural studies and journalism disciplines.

We are the leading media research institution in Australia, having been awarded a ranking of 5 out of 5 (well above world standard) in the Language, Communication and Culture code overall, including a ranking of 5 in the sub-field Communications and Media Studies (one of only two), and a 4 (above world standard) in the Cultural Studies field, in the recent ERA assessment conducted by the Australian Government.

QUT is the headquarters of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI), the only nationally-funded centre in the media and communication field, with strong ties to law, economics, business, and education, thus allowing for multiple cross-disciplinary options for research. Successful DECRA applicants will benefit from the vibrant scholarly environment at QUT, and work closely with world leaders in media, communication, cultural and journalism studies.

Further information on how to apply:

The ARC DECRA Funding Rules for awards commencing in 2012 state that non-Australians are eligible, but would be required to be legally resident in Australia from 2012 until the end of the award period.

If you would like to be considered for submission to the DECRA scheme by the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology please send a full CV and project outline to Professor Brian McNair at by Friday March 11.

Your CV should include:

A list of recent significant publications (2006 onwards), split into the four categories of:
o Scholarly books
o Scholarly book chapters
o Refereed journal articles
o Refereed conference papers

Number publications continuously and asterisk the publications relevant to this proposal.

Your Project Description – attach the following information in up to 10 pages:

o Project Title
o Summary (100 words)
o Aims and Background
o Significance and Innovation
o Approach and Methodology
o Benefit
o Communication of Results
o References

About the Author

Jean Burgess is a Professor of Digital Media and Director of the Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC) at Queensland University of Technology. She is @jeanburgess on Twitter.

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