Visiting PhD students

Resident visiting PhD students and interns in Electoral Integrity

A limited number of resident visiting positions are available for advanced level doctoral students registered for a PhD at another university institution and researching issues of electoral integrity.  Visiting students will be part of the Electoral Integrity Project research team based in the Department of Government and international Relations at the University of Sydney.

1. Duties and Responsibilities

  • Visiting the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney as a resident student for a period of three to twelve months, with arrival coinciding with the starting dates of the 1st or 2nd semesters 2018 (see 
  • Writing a research paper, on a topic relating to electoral integrity, designed to be posted as a working paper on the project website and as a blog post; 
  • Participating in regular events and activities such as the weekly research seminars and business meetings with the EIP project and colloquium talks with the Department of Government and international Relations at the University of Sydney;
  • Unpaid positions are offered where visiting students are self-funded. It is estimated that a three month visit with travel costs around $13,000-15,000. Students need to demonstrate that they have the funding needed to support the visit. The costs of accommodation in Sydney are relatively expensive, compared with many global cities, and applicants are advised to check local rental costs. 
  • Alternative internship positions are offered where visiting students are offered $1000 per month plus up to $2000 for the costs of international travel to Sydney in return for working up to 20 hours per week on project-related research, including data collection, project administration, publication editing, and event coordination, under the direction of the Project Director.
  • Internet and library facilities will be available. Office space is limited, and availability is not guaranteed. 
  • Visiting students join the other PhD students, the project research team and the visiting fellows, as part of the Department of Government and international Relations.
  • The university will arrange an Australian work visa for non-Australian nationals.

2. Essential Skills and Qualifications

  • Applicants should hold an undergraduate degree in Political Science or a related field and interest in comparative politics; 
  • Applicants need to be registered for a doctoral degree in another university institution. 

3. Applications

Applicants should use the online form to apply and provide: 

  • A short covering letter, expressing the reasons for applying, with full contact details, indicating which semester(s) and year you wish to visit; 
  • A short (2 page) proposal for a new research paper relevant to the electoral integrity project; 
  • A Curriculum Vitae, highlighting any experience and skills relating to the proposal; 
  • The names and contact details of two referees.

Applications need to be submitted using the online form by the deadline of 1 June 2017, for visits during the 2018 academic year. 

Any queries should be sent to Alexandra Kennett, Project Coordinator at: All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.  

The University is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications from equity target groups and women are encouraged.