The criteria for assessing applications include academic distinction demonstrated by the standard measures of academic level, place of appointment, record of publication, honours and awards; the relevance of the proposed research to the work of SITAD and UTS; reference letters.
SITAD and UTS strives, in its selection process, to have a mixture of MA, PhD research students with early career scholars, and to achieve a gender balance. SITAD and UTS does not discriminate for or against any applicant on the basis of race, colour, sex, religion, political opinion, age, medical record, marital status, impairment, disability, or sexual preference.
Selection committee consisting of 4 members meets to discuss the applications and chooses the top 3 candidates. The selection committee includes 1 representative from USFA Board of Directors, SITAD Director and 2 academics from UTS (including Head of School of Communication).Candidates are notified via email about the success of their application.