Myanmar’s Political Transition

A PhD position is available in International and Political Studies at UNSW/Canberra. The position is linked to a long-term project by Dr. Morten Pedersen, which examines the genesis, progress and prospects of Myanmar’s ongoing political transition, as well as its implications for democracy, peace and human rights in the country. The PhD candidate will work autonomously under the supervision of Dr. Pedersen on a particular aspect of the transition, depending on his or her own background and research interests. Extensive fieldwork in Myanmar is likely to be involved.

The candidate is expected to have the equivalent of a first-class honours degree from UNSW in politics or a related field. Previous research experience is essential. Strong Myanmar language skills and existing knowledge of and networks in the country are an advantage. International students are welcome. The candidate is expected to have the equivalent of a first-class honours degree from UNSW in politics or a related field. Previous research experience is essential. Strong Myanmar language skills and existing knowledge of and networks in the country are an advantage. International students are welcome.

 The successful applicant will be awarded a UNSW Canberra Research Training Scholarship with an annual tax-free stipend of $27,049 (2015 rate). This scholarship is for a period of 3 years, subject to satisfactory progress reviews. Any tuition fees are covered by the School.  Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.

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