Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students

Study area

Creative practice, communication and design and Information technology

Eligibility criteria

Academic performance

Application dates

Applications open
17 August 2020
Applications close
30 October 2020

What you'll receive

This scholarship is for exceptional students to complete a PhD on human-centred design applications of augmented and mixed reality. The scholarship is part of QUT’s engagement with the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Hub (ARM Hub).

A scholarship, tax exempt and indexed annually $28,092 per annum for a period of three years will be provided to the successful applicant.

Paid leave is provided equivalent to QUTPRA scholarships. The scholarship does provide a student travel allowance but does not cover relocation expenses or paid extensions.

International students will also receive either:

  • an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset (International)
  • a QUT research degree (HDR) tuition fee scholarship.

As the scholarship recipient, you will have the opportunity to work with a team of leading researchers, to undertake your own innovative research in and across the fields of Design and Extended Reality, and to gain an internationally recognised postgraduate qualification.

The scholarship will be governed by QUTPRA rules. Attribution of Intellectual Property (IP) are governed by the project agreement between the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Hub (ARM Hub) and QUT.


To apply for this scholarship, you must meet the entry requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at QUT, including any English language requirements for international students.

You must also:

  • have recently completed a first-class Honours degree, a research Masters degree, or a coursework Masters degree with a significant research component from a recognised institution and in a cognate discipline
  • be able to take up the scholarship and begin full-time study preferably by February 2021, but before 1 July 2021
  • have a strong interest in undertaking a three-year research project on human-centred design and augmented and mixed reality
  • develop a research proposal that responds to and aligns with the scholarship topic, that demonstrates your knowledge and understanding of the topic area, and that clearly articulates the contribution your research will make
  • demonstrate excellent capacity and potential for research.

Ideally you will also have (not necessary but preferred):

  • demonstrated knowledge in the fields of Extended Reality (VR/AR/MR), experience with qualitative human-centred design and participatory design processes.

How to apply

This scholarship will utilise a two part application process:

Part One

Interested applicants must submit an EOI for consideration prior to applying for this scholarship, using the instructions on our how to apply website.

The EOI must include:

  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV), including recent IELTS or equivalent score for international applicants
  • a two-page research proposal addressing the scholarship topic
  • a writing sample (e.g. copy of an article/essay/thesis you have completed).

The EOI should must nominate Associate Professor Markus Rittenbruch as your proposed supervisor, and be submitted online no later than Sunday 20 September 2020.

Part Two

On review of the EOI selected applicants will then be invited to submit a full application in the QUT Annual Scholarship Round that closes on 30 October 2020.

What happens next?

Applicants will be contacted directly after the Scholarship Round closing date of 30 October 2020.

For details about QUT's application process please go to the QUT Scholarships Website.

For questions about the project, please contact Associate Professional Markus Rittenbruch via E-Mail

About the scholarship

There is a growing need to explore advanced manufacturing possibilities in response to complex architectural designs. Extended reality is a technology that had seen significant uptake across different industries across Design and Manufacturing. It allows for the creation of a digital pipeline ranging from design to simulation and fabrication. Augmented and Mixed reality more strongly tie in with the physical environment and offer significant potential in allowing Designers and/or Manufacturers to contextualise virtual designs, process improvements and superimpose relevant information on specific sites and structures.

This PhD project explores the use of immersive Augmented and Mixed Reality in combination with haptic and tangible feedback devices to create an applied framework to support design, assembly and manufacturing tasks. The PhD project will be carried out in an applied industry setting with a strong focus on user-centred design.

The scholarship is situated with the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Hub a world-leading applied research facility dedicated to the adoption of future manufacturing capabilities such as robotics by small and medium enterprises.

Applicants are sought for this scholarship that have an interest in:

  • strong skills in Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality
  • carrying out mixed-method user-centred design research
  • prototyping new augmented environment content & interactions
  • a strong understanding of participatory design processes

About Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Hub (ARM Hub)

The ARM Hub is an agile world-leading technology centre in robotics and design-led manufacturing. We accelerate industry’s digital transformation. Headquartered in Brisbane, the ARM Hub provides access to the most tightly woven network of research institutions, facilities and smart commercial companies in the region. Uniquely positioned to service all major industries, we are geographically centred in the fast-growing South-East Asia region without sovereign risk, and with access to global supply chains, a highly skilled global workforce and quality universities.

The ARM Hub is a not-for-profit with a mission to accelerate industry’s uptake of advanced manufacturing technologies. We provide the skills and resources needed to scale-up and prove-out high value manufacturing technologies. The Hub offers space with the facilities and expertise to enable businesses and experts to collaboratively solve key problems and develop new products and services on a commercial scale.

The ARM Hub's mission is to:

  • take ‘Australian Made’ to the world, using Australia’s reputation for high-value manufacturing and robotics
  • drive economic growth through new ways of doing business, especially for small and medium enterprises
  • lower technical, operational and economic barriers to the adoption of Industry 4.0
  • help industry prepare for the future and employ more Australians.

About QUT Design Lab

Design is no longer just the pursuit of creating objects or artefacts. It is a method and a research approach able to drive Australia’s National Innovation agenda.

Harnessing this potential, the QUT Design Lab was founded in 2016 to employ bold, fresh, and rigorous design-led research to tackle major societal challenges facing society, industry, community, and the environment.

Acting as a hub and home for a diverse team of academics, research students, and industry professionals, the QUT Design Lab supports transdisciplinary collaborations that result in tangible impact and engagement, and which transfer knowledge and technology into beneficial applications for industry and society.

Our mission is “Change by Design.”

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