• Description:

    The project will critically examine key issues in geopolitical/international relations between two or more South Asian nations in one or more of the following areas: gender; environmental politics; grassroots/subaltern border politics; politics of soft diplomacy in South Asia; and South Asian diaspora politics. Prospective candidates are also welcome to contact supervisors A/Profs. Yamini Narayanan (Deakin) and Serena Hussein (Coventry) with topics of their choice.

    The PhD project under the Deakin-Coventry Universities cotutelle arrangement will undertake a critical analysis of issues that are central in international relations politics and praxis but are relatively understudied in mainstream IR scholarship. These themes include: gender and international relations; South Asian environmental politics; grassroots/subaltern border politics and informal governance and development in contested and/or shifting South Asian borderlands; politics of soft diplomacy in South Asia; and the influence and significance of South Asian diaspora politics to the region.

    The project may undertake a transversal or intersectional analysis of two or more of these themes through a clearly proposed case study that demonstrate the frictions, alliances, and complex interactions between specific South Asian nations. The project will ultimately unveil the significance of overlooked actors, sites, and relationalities in South Asia, and contribute to a clearer understanding of conflict and cooperation in South Asia.


    Applicants must meet the admission and scholarship criteria for both Coventry University and Deakin University for entry to the cotutelle programme.

    • Applicants should have graduated within the top 15% of their undergraduate cohort. This might include a high 2:1 in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 70% mark (80% for Australian graduates) in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 70% overall module average (80% for Australian graduates).
    •  A Masters degree in a relevant subject area, with overall mark at minimum Merit level. In addition, the mark for the Masters dissertation (or equivalent) must be a minimum of 80%.
    • Please note that where a candidate has 70-79% and can provide evidence of research experience to meet equivalency to the minimum first-class honours equivalent (80%+) additional evidence can be submitted and may include independently peer-reviewed publications, research-related awards or prizes and/or professional reports.
    •  Language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).
    •  The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a prescribed period of study.

    How to Apply 

    All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus an up to 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

    All candidates must apply to both universities.



  • Fields

    • Political Science

    • Politics and International Relations

    • Social Science

  • Qualifications

    • Master

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