PhD Scholarship - Researching Women in Professional Team Sport

Expressions of Interest are being sought from potential PhD students for the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery project Reconfiguring the ‘playing field’ on and off the pitch - women’s professional sport in Australia.


Professor Tracy Taylor is the lead investigator of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery project – Reconfiguring the ‘playing field’ on and off the pitch - women’s professional sport in Australia. This is a multi-disciplinary project involving Murdoch, Victoria University and Griffith University that investigates the physical, sociocultural and organisational workplace conditions and requirements of women athletes in professional team sport. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the development of an important new theory of organising and managing professional sport that will articulate the place of women’s competitions and inform inclusive management strategies and policies.

The rise of women’s semi/professional sport team competitions in Australia raises a number of questions about how we measure the success and sustainability of these new leagues. The research outcomes will offer insight into nuances of professional team sport for women and identify strategies for the development of equitable policies and practices that will sustain women’s leagues into the future.

The Scholarship recipient will be working with Professor Tracy Taylor, and the ARC research team (plus an associate supervisor at Murdoch University).

The candidate will be based in Murdoch Business School in Perth, WA.

Funding bodyARC and Murdoch University
Study levelPhD
ValueThe scholarship is for $27, 596 per annum (indexed) for full time students.
DurationAvailable for three years commencing in October 2019.
RequirementsEligibility criteria:
  1. The successful candidate will have completed a Masters by research degree or an Honours degree (Australian H2A or H1, or equivalent).
  2. Demonstrated ability to work under broad direction, exercise initiative in undertaking responsibilities and work effectively as a team member.
  3. Well-developed interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary and collegial team.
  4. Demonstrated high levels of written and oral communication skills in English.
Apply by31 August 2019
To applyInterested candidates please complete an Expression of Interest Form and note in the form and the email that it is for the ‘Researching Women in Professional Team Sport scholarship’. Expressions of Interest must be submitted by 31 August 2019 to Professor Tracy Taylor.
ContactPlease direct all questions about this scholarship to Professor Tracy Taylor.