Applications Open: One Month Research Fellowship in 'Resurgent Racism'

Early Career Research Fellowship in Resurgent Racism

One Month Early Career Research Fellowship in ‘Resurgent Racism’ at the University of Sydney, in Association with TORCH

TORCH, in partnership with SSSHARC (Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre) is offering one funded Research Fellowship for August 2020 for the research project: ‘Resurgent Racism’.

This project investigates the emergence of new forms of racism manifesting as nationalist populism and far-right extremism. It focuses on the following questions:

Why are increasing numbers of people attracted to racialised identities as a source of collective meaning? How do they use state power and extra-legal violence to exclude and discriminate against racialised foreigners and minorities? And to what extent are these developments responses to global processes?


The successful candidate will contribute to any or all of the following project aims:

  • comparative and transnational analysis of Western liberal democracies;
  • theoretical treatments of racism, including the relationship between antisemitism, Islamophobia and white supremacy;
  • explorations of identity and the politicisation of fear and anxiety;
  • analysis of the role of media, including social media, in the development of far-right extremism; and
  • critical thinking about the development of international policy responses to racism, intolerance and xenophobia.

Applications which examine these questions from both theoretical and historical perspectives are welcomed.


The Fellowship will provide:

  • Up to £3000 stipend to cover return airfare and a contribution to living expenses
  • Accommodation at St Paul’s College Graduate House in Sydney from 1 – 31 August
  • Breakfast and dinner from 1 – 31 August
  • Membership of Graduate House and access to the Middle or Senior Common Room
  • Desk space in SSSHARC
  • Mentorship from the Resurgent Racism academic team
  • Access to the Faculty’s Early Career Researcher programs
  • Use of University of Sydney’s libraries



  • Demonstrable research interest in the field of ‘Resurgent Racism’
  • Early career researcher (up to 10 years post PhD) or final year doctoral student
  • Ability to acquire appropriate visa. The University of Sydney HR department will assist the successful applicant with information regarding visa requirements and instructions.

Application Process:

Applicants to send the following information to TORCH International Officer by Friday 24 January 2020.

Applications will be initially reviewed by TORCH’s Race and Resistance Network, before being considered by the TORCH International Committee and our partners at SSSHARC.

  • A statement of current and future research, outlining potential contribution to the Resurgent Racism Research Venture. This may include participation in masterclasses, workshops, and public lectures.
  • For final-year doctoral students, a statement of support from DPhil supervisor.
  • A two page CV

Please send applications and enquires to Dr Anbara Khalidi, TORCH International Officer: