[Iag-list] PhD Scholarship Opportunity - Massey University Auckland

Francis Collins f.collins at auckland.ac.nz
Fri Feb 10 06:21:22 AEDT 2017

PhD Scholarship – (deadline 15 March 2017; available from May 2017)

"Floating families? New Chinese migrants in New Zealand and their multi-generational families”

Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for a PhD scholarship as part of a three‐year research project entitled "Floating families? New Chinese migrants in New Zealand and their multi-generational families". This research project is led by Dr. Liangni Sally Liu and funded by the Marsden Fast-Start Fund, Royal Society of New Zealand.

After three decades of immigration, a substantial new Chinese migrant community has been established in New Zealand (NZ), evidenced by the presence of many multi-generational Chinese migrant families that include migrant parents, their children and elderly grandparents. The long-established Chinese practice of building multi-generational family units to secure the family’s financial, cultural, and social futures is very much alive among this new migrant population. However, this group of Chinese migrants are also renowned for their transnational connections and mobility, often characterised as a “return” phenomenon to the ancestral homeland, a process of step-migration to a third country, or frequent commuting between the home and host countries. This reality of transnationalism has become a more permanent feature of migrant lives following the introduction in 2012 of a two-tier system and policy change in 2016 that closed the Parent Category for restricting the number of migrants’ elderly parents that can be admitted each year. This has effectively resulted in the emergence of forced multi-location and multi-generational migrant family formations where by different family members have no choice but to live across different national, geographic, cultural and linguistic localities.

This research project aims to explore how multi-generational Chinese families from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) have adapted to an immigration policy regime that for many do not allow the realisation of a cultural preference to live as multi-generational families in the destination country - NZ.

A three-generation framework that encompasses migrants, their children and their elderly parents, has been developed and employed to investigate the role that a requirement for multi-country residence plays in the experiences of PRC migrant families in NZ. This project provides opportunities for both theoretical and methodological innovation in the field of transnational migrant studies and particularly around the intersection of migratory mobility within the framework of immigration policy and how this shapes migrant family lives.

A PhD scholarship is available to undertake research within the scope of this research project. The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to this research project by developing an independent PhD project which can be closely linked to this Marsden project, or will be assigned a specific topic to pursue.

The student will be based in the School of Humanities within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Massey University’s Albany Campus. The scholarship includes tuition fees and a living stipend valued at NZ $27,500 p.a. (tax exempt) for a full-time study within three years. The scholarship is available from May 2017.

It is expected that the candidate will hold an Honours or Masters Degree in social science, human geography, or Asian/Chinese Studies, with high GPA, have experience or interest in migration studies, and be able to demonstrate previous research experience. Chinese language ability at native level is essential for this scholarship opportunity. Both domestic and international candidates are encouraged to apply.

Any enquires about the project, including this PhD opportunity, can be directed to Dr. Liangni Sally Liu at: l.liu2 at massey.ac.nz<mailto:l.liu2 at massey.ac.nz> .

Interested applicants should send their curriculum vitae (including contact details for two referees) with a cover letter (two pages maximum, minimum 12pt font) and academic transcripts to Dr. Liangni Sally Liu (l.liu2 at massey.ac.nz<mailto:l.liu2 at massey.ac.nz>), by 15 March 2017. Interviews will be held during late March (dates to be confirmed).

Applicants must meet the University’s selection criteria for entry into the PhD, which can be found at http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/research/higher-research-degrees/how-to-apply-for-the-phd/how-to-apply-for-the-phd.cfm. At the same when applicants send their CVs and cover letter to Dr. Liangni Sally, they can submit an application for doctoral study through the Massey’s website as above. In the application form applicants can indicate that they are applying for a Marsden funded PhD which Dr. Liangni Sally Liu will supervise. In this way, the enrolment of doctoral study can be accelerated.

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