Apply for a PhD

CCG has a range very experienced academics available for supervising PhDs. If you are interested in doing a PhD, please contact one of the academics listed on our members page and discuss your ideas with them. If you then wish to be considered for a PhD, you will need to provide:

(1) A brief statement of interest explaining why you wish to pursue a PhD within CCG.
(2) A short research proposal, less than 1,000 words.
(3) A Curriculam Vitae.
(4) Your academic transcripts.
(5) A sample of your written work.

Scholarships are available for domestic and international applicants.

Why do a PhD with CCG? Some of our PhD students tell their stories. 


Jenny Duxbury

For more than ten years I harbored a dream to write a PhD  about the paradoxical and largely unknown world of lawyers advising federal government. As a former public sector lawyer it was a topic about which I was passionate  and thought I "knew" inside out.  Now eighteen months into my PhD at IGPA I  am immersed in my research  on  the role of lawyers in policy and every day I learn something new. On my research journey I  have been exposed to a wealth of new theories and research methods through the Institute's structured PhD  educational program and visiting seminar series. With the guidance of my supervisors and the encouragement and  the  IGPA research community I am slowly shedding  my habitual legalistic way of thinking and beginning to see my topic with fresh eyes.  One of the best things about being here  is the  supportive and fun research culture: researchers and students  are generous in sharing their knowledge, skills and experiences but  we also get to  regularly kick back together.  Special mention goes to  the weekly  catch up over sizzling tofu  at our friendly café. 

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Thaneshwar Bhusal

I am a career public servant of the government of Nepal for over a decade. The focus of my professional life is on public policymaking, service delivery and managing reforms. I have gained some substantial knowledge on these issues throughout my academic life, most notably during my first Master’s degree in Public Administration (2008) at the Tribhuvan University, Nepal and subsequently another degree on Master of Public Management (2011) at the University of Potsdam, Germany.

Equipped with a decade-long professional experience and academic achievements in the field of public administration, I commenced this doctorate degree in 2014 at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis in the University of Canberra, Australia. It is a privilege to be a PhD student at the IGPA which offers a very friendly academic environment in terms of quality supervision, resources, training and capacity development programs, and several formal and informal academic events such as the weekly Graduate Research Forum. I have been greatly benefited of the Institute’s individualised support system facilitated by its professional and academic staffs. The research support services of the Graduate Research Office and other technical services provided by the Library and ITM Service Desk at the University are very timely, targeted and practical.   

Although a doctorate degree could be a lonely journey, I have never felt alone. In addition to friendly support from the supervisory panel members, companionship of fellow students and post-doctoral researchers, various social events such as monthly birthday celebrations and Chirstmas party are a few but to remember forever.

Update: Thaneshwar has successfuly completed his PhD!

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Mick Chisnall

I am currently in the process of  finalising a PhD in socio-technology at IGPA and provide external consulting services through my business, Information Ergonomics. My research interests include the application of Poststructuralist Discourse Theory (PDT) and New Materialism to the analysis of government's engagement with technology, particularly of the digital variety. This comes after a 14 year role as a senior executive with the ACT Government, most recently as founder and Executive Director of the ACT Government Information Office (GIO). Before this, I worked in both public and private enterprise starting as an analyst-programmer and moving onto operational and eventually executive management roles in the ICT industry. Prior to that, I had completed a degree in mathematical physics, preparing me for work as a teacher, actor/director, youth worker, fast-food cook and dishwasher. Perhaps my most unusual job was a three month engagement as the canine mascot for the Multiple Sclerosis Society! Good days!

IGPA is just quietly a brilliant place to study. It hosts a truly world-class academic staff in a friendly, informal and supportive environment. This, within the context of the University of Canberra, named as one of the world’s top 100 young universities.

Update: Mick has successfully completed his PhD. He graduated on 19 March 2019 and won the Parker Medal for most outstanding doctoral thesis for 2018

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