Fellowship Opportunity: Making Sense of Society’s Flaws

Applications are now open for the first Swinburne Beyond the Fault Lines Liffman Fellowship. This is an opportunity for a leading journalist to engage with Swinburne undergraduates to explore and discuss the fault lines – the polarizing challenges we face as a society – and analyze the many perspectives that confront them. accompany.

Established by Swinburne Adjunct Professor Dr Michael Liffman AM, the program will encourage and exemplify respectful debate, open-mindedness and critical thinking, within the university and in the wider community. Participants will share this through journalistic writing, thought leadership and opinion pieces.

“With the world in a state of flux, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find common ground to address the great challenges we face as a society,” Dr Liffman said.

“It is the role of a university to make sense of these challenges and to have a revered journalist facilitating this understanding and coaching students on how to communicate these topics in the most respectful and articulate way to all audiences, will be powerful for our next generation of graduates.”

The selected scholar will receive a $10,000 award and provide mentorship, student masterclasses, a public lecture, and the launch of a student media project specializing in the major contemporary social issues and debates of our time.

The fellowship will be a flexible program over a 12-week period in Melbourne, Victoria, to support a current journalist who will be based in Swinburne’s Media and Communications Department.

To apply for this scholarship, the candidate must have:

  • Demonstrated experience of more than 5 years in journalism
  • Passion for creative thinking and educating our next generation graduates
  • Evidence of achievement through published or broadcast plays
  • Australian citizenship or permanent residency

Applications will be assessed against:

  • A brief justification of how the journalistic practice has sparked deeper questioning of a complex social, cultural or modern issue, ideally bringing people or communities together to create positive change
  • A proposal of 200 words (approximately) for a thematic framed multimedia project
  • current resume

Closing of applications on June 30, 2022.


For more information on the scholarship or to apply, please contact Professor Therese Davis, Head of Department of Media and Communication, School of Social Sciences, Media, Film and Education. [email protected]

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