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Jeanie Bell Batchelor Institute PhD Scholarship 2022 – 2025

Aunty Jeanie

Announcing the Jeanie Bell Batchelor Institute PhD Scholarship 2022 – 2025

About Jeanie Bell – this PhD Scholarship is appropriately named in honour of Jeanie Bell, a Yagera and Dulingbara woman from south-east Queensland. She is a passionate linguist and educator who made an extraordinary contribution to preserving Aboriginal languages and developing Aboriginal education in the tertiary sector. Known as the pre-eminent social linguist, she was an Aboriginal languages warrior and hero and role model to many.

The scholarship opportunity

This is an awesome opportunity to join Batchelor Institute’s research community and Graduate School and be part of an international research team working to change doctoral education by including Aboriginal knowledge.  Batchelor Institute is nationally recognised for offering a culturally safe research training environment and advancing the aspirations of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples across Australia.

The scholarship will be for up to three years’ full-time study for the PhD, with a tax-exempt stipend of $40,000 per annum for three years.

The scholarship presents a unique opportunity to work with a First Nations team, in a flexible capacity, through Batchelor Institute’s Post Graduate School.

The scholarship’s purpose

The scholarship will support an Indigenous candidate to complete a doctoral study in the broad area of transcultural knowledge creation as part of a larger ARC grant project on Implementing Indigenous and transcultural knowledge approaches in Australian doctoral education.  The larger project’s expected outcomes will be to position Australia as a world leader in respectful and generative doctoral supervision, language and examination policies for First Nations and transcultural candidates. Students will be supported in developing their own specific topic with consideration to the larger project.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will

  • be an Indigenous student who demonstrates competency working in transcultural settings with linguistically diverse people
  • have a strong work ethic, self-motivated and self-directed
  • be passionate about research for, with and by First Nations and transcultural peoples and communities and its ability to evolve higher education.

All enquiries should be directed via email to

Dr Kathryn Gilbey
Director of the Graduate School Research Division
Batchelor Institute

Applications close 31 October 2021