Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research: Call for EOI for ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Scheme

The Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research (GCSCR) was established in 2003, building on a strong tradition of leading edge humanities and social science research at Griffith University. The Centre is dedicated to increasing our understanding of current challenges facing the modern world. Through the application of innovative humanities and social science research, incorporating the knowledge of academics from a broad range of interrelated disciplines, we are at the cutting edge of social science discourse.

The Centre is looking to invest in leading social and cultural researchers from Australia and overseas by supporting innovative and outstanding DECRA proposals from applicants who were awarded their PhD on or after the 1 March 2014.

The objectives of the DECRA scheme are to:

  • support excellent basic and applied research by early career researchers
  • advance promising early career researchers and promote enhanced opportunities for diverse career pathways
  • enable research and research training in high quality and supportive environments
  • expand Australia’s knowledge base and research capability
  • enhance the scale and focus of research in the Science and Research Priorities.


A DECRA recipient may be awarded ARC funding of up to $140,858 per year of funding. The per annum salary contribution from the ARC is fixed at $100,858 (2017), including 30% on-costs, and up to a maximum of $40,000 project costs.

Funding for a DECRA Project will commence effective 1 January 2020, unless other arrangements are approved by the ARC.

Our Research and Researchers

GCSCR researchers conduct high quality applied and interdisciplinary research in and across the fields of history, literary studies, journalism and media studies, human geography, mobilities, migration and refugee studies, cultural sociology, anthropology, environmental humanities, Islamic studies, linguistics, music and cultural heritage studies.

Research Themes

  • History, media and change
  • Crises: Communities, safety and security
  • Language, culture and belonging
  • Heritage and wellbeing

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Expressions of Interest

GCSCR will offer expert assistance to DECRA applications where these are strategically aligned with one or more of our research themes.

To be considered eligible candidates should:

  1. Hold a PhD awarded on or after 1 March 2014
  2. Have a strong and extensive track record of publications and research impact
  3. Be working in a field closely related to one or more of GCSCR’s research themes.

Please note that applicants seeking to apply through the Centre need to submit a CV in the first instance to by 5pm on Monday 11 June 2018.

Candidates with competitive track records will then be invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). Please note that EOIs will be due by COB on Monday 2 July 2018, so please register your interest as soon as possible.

Prospective applicants with further questions may contact GCSCR’s Research Development Coordinator, Mrs Dani Newman at