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Phd Political Science Anu

Last Updated on November 16, 2021 by Omotomiwa Lydia

Public Policy or Political Science and International Relations

The Crawford PhD in Policy and Governance encourages and stimulates interdisciplinary and theoretically guided approaches to public policy and administration, social policy and governance. A wide variety of disciplines are represented in the backgrounds of Policy and Governance supervisors: political science, political theory, social policy, international relations and economics.

Their empirical interests range widely across key policy issues in Australia, the neighbouring Asia-Pacific region, and other countries of the world, as well as regional and global public policy and governance challenges. The interdisciplinary and theoretically rich nature of the program ensures students are well informed in the selected research area and able to emerge as highly competent researchers engaged at the cutting edge of international academic scholarship.

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This information is for prospective PhD candidates.

Step 1: Check your eligibility

To be admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy, Policy and Governance (POGO) program you are required to have achieved:

• First Class Honours from an Australian Go8 university or equivalent


• A minimum of an H2A degree with a minimum weighted average of 75 from an Australian Go8 university or equivalent.


• A Master’s Degree in social science or related fields of social studies with a proven academic publication record as a first author. These will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

You may be granted admission if you can demonstrate that you have a background equivalent to these qualifications.

Students wishing to undertake a PhD in either of these fields whose first language is not English are required to have an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a score of no less than 6.0 in each individual band.

If you are not sure whether you can meet these criteria, please contact the POGO PhD convenor for advice.

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Step 2: Look for two possible supervisors.

Applicants must have two confirmed Crawford school supervisors willing to be your proposed supervisors. Both supervisors must be in the same research field and preferably in the same program(as the proposed supervisor in POGO).

Please look through the Crawford School Webpage to see what type of projects are currently being pursued by students and supervisors. 

At the ANU, higher degree research students have a primary supervisor and a panel of co-supervisors and/or advisors. If you apply for a POGO PhD, the primary supervisor needs to be from POGO. POGO supervisory panels are typically made up of experienced professors, mid- and early-career researchers working in the field of interest to the student and one or more colleagues from disciplinary areas that relate to the student’s topic.

Step 3: Write the thesis proposal

All applicants should include a section in their application detailing the viability of their project in the context of COVID restrictions. This section should either (a) explain how the project is not dependent on travel and/or fieldwork and therefore feasible regardless of restrictions in these domains; or (b) provide a 12-month plan outlining how the project will proceed if the current restrictions on fieldwork and travel continue. Applicants should discuss the viability of their research project under COVID restrictions with their proposed supervisors prior to submitting the application.


A precise and informative description of the project.


A summary of the proposed research (approx 300 words) that includes the key research question or hypothesis, the rationale for the research, and the method to be employed in the study.

Aims & significance

A clearly focused statement of the overall purpose of the proposed research (ie, why is it important?).

Research questions &/or hypotheses

The questions that the proposed research will address and/or the hypotheses that will be tested.

Anu Phd Application

How to apply

Applications to HDR programs are open throughout the year. You can submit your program application at any time.

However, some scholarships require you to submit your application to the program by a specified date. If you are applying for a research scholarship, please be aware of the scholarship application deadlines.

Applications must include all supporting documentation at the time of submission, in order to be considered for a scholarship. Applications are only considered complete and ready for assessment when it includes the referee reports.

Request for referee reports are triggered and sent to your nominated referees at the time of submission of program application. Your referees must submit their reports prior to the scholarship deadline for your application to be considered complete. It is therefore strongly recommended that you submit your application in advance (2-3 weeks) to allow time for your referees to provide their report prior to the scholarship deadline.

Step 1: Check you meet minimum eligibility requirements

Admission to a Doctor of Philosophy degree at ANU requires:

  1. An Australian Bachelor degree with at least Second Class Honours – Upper (First Class Honours is often required) or its international equivalent, or
  2. Another degree with a significant research/thesis component that may be assessed as equivalent to paragraph (1), or
  3. A combination of qualifications, research publications and/or professional experience related to the field of study that may be assessed as equivalent to paragraph (1).

Admission to a Master of Philosophy degree at ANU requires:

  1. An Australian Bachelor degree or higher, with an overall grade of distinction or higher, or its international equivalent, or
  2. Another degree that may be assessed as equivalent to paragraph (1), or
  3. A combination of qualifications, research publications and/or professional experience related to the field of study that may be assessed as equivalent to paragraph (1).

All applicants must meet the University’s English language requirements for admission, noting that it is possible for you to apply without yet meeting English. In this case, if you are approved for admission, your offer would be conditional on meeting our language requirements.

If you are unsure whether you meet the requirements prior to applying please don’t hesitate to contact your Research School or the Graduate Research Office.

Step 2: Draft a Research Proposal

A research proposal aims to present your idea or question in the discipline area clearly. It seeks to establish why your idea is relevant and what the identified gaps are in your field and how your research would fill those gaps. It includes how you would go about your research – what approach, methodologies and resources would be used in the research project.

The draft proposal submitted along with the application is like a tool to outline your intended research or clarify your own ideas. It is more general and flexible to change once you have enrolled in your program.

The draft proposal should be a short document, however, applicants may seek guidance from the potential supervisor about expectations on length and content. Please visit the Research Proposal webpage for more information.

Step 3: Find a potential supervisor

Visit the Researchers website to search potential supervisor profiles, including their research expertise, published works and contact details. Through this process you will need to ascertain whether or not we offer research supervision in your area of interest.

Colleges can also provide information about the areas of research, supervisors and research groups, but note that supervision in some areas of interest can be offered in more than one College.