Skip to content

Research and Study Opportunities

Early Career Research Fellowships (DECRA)

The Australian Research Council (ARC) annually awards three-year Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRAs) to create opportunities for early career researchers to develop their research careers. 
The University of Adelaide, a member of the Go8, seeks to support two outstanding ECR applicants for a DECRA in Fields of Research under the ANZSRC FOR classification of 1603, 1604, 1605 or 1608, to be located in the School of Social Sciences. The School is committing resources to developing its research strengths in these areas and the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President- Research can help successful DECRA applicants through $25,000 establishment and travel support.
The School’s key research centres include the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning (CHURP) and the Hugo Centre for Migration and Population Research.

CHURP is a dynamic research intensive centre that also hosts the South Australian node of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute. This Centre builds our strong research track record and interests in housing and homelessness research, including housing economics, urban development, housing need and assistance, how vulnerable groups interact with the Australian housing market, and in disability and housing.

The Hugo Centre is a global research hub for interdisciplinary research on human migration, population-environment dynamics, and geospatial analysis. The Centre builds on the legacy of its namesake, the late Graeme Hugo, and works closely with key policy makers and practitioners and leading academic centres globally. It has ongoing projects at the cutting edge of research on labour migration, diasporas, transnationalism, ageing and related service provision, demographic change, and spatial analysis of social disadvantage.

The desired successful early career researchers would have expertise that aligns with these areas, and will work with Centre team members who lead a number of externally funded research projects in the above areas. If you are interested in exploring the possibility of applying for one of these awards, in the first instance please e-mail your CV to the Faculty Research Development Manager, Simon Ladd at by 12th of December 2016. We reserve the right in our absolute discretion not to support any expressions of interest, having considered any and all CV’s.
Terms and conditions
To be eligible for a DECRA a candidate must at the closing time of submission of proposals have been awarded a PhD on or after 1 March 2012 (or longer if combined with periods of significant career interruption). See ARC Funding Rules and FAQs for detailed information. The ARC DECRA program is highly competitive and support from our institution provides no guarantee of application success. The University is under no obligation under this initiative to employ an individual if they are not successful in their application for a DECRA.

Occasionally the Hugo Centre through major research will offer Postgraduate study scholarships in the areas of population and migration research.

These scholarships are awarded through a competitive application process. Following study, many students have successfully pursued careers in research and academia within the Centre and other high profile research areas within The University.

To find out more about studying a higher degree by research at the University of Adelaide, please see the Research Degrees website.

Undergraduate Courses

GIS and Spatial Information Science programs can be undertaken as part of an undergraduate program in Social Sciences. Two topics are available, delivered by Hugo Centre staff: (1) Introductory Geographic Information Systems; and (2) Advanced Geographic Information Systems. Visit the University's Degree Finder for more information on study options.


Hugo Centre for Migration and Population Research

School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts
Napier Building
The University of Adelaide
South Australia 5005


+61 8 8313 5646

Find Us Online

Follow the APMRC on Facebook Follow the APMRC on Twitter