Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students

Study area

Creative practice and communication and design

Eligibility criteria

Academic performance


Australian or New Zealand and International

What you'll receive

You'll receive:

  • a scholarship of $33,000 per annum, tax exempt for 3 years
  • a full tuition fee sponsorship for international students.

An extension of up to 6 months may be considered, subject to satisfactory progress and budget availability.


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:

  • enroll as a full-time, internal student
  • have a background in critical data studies
  • have a background in a relevant humanities or social science discipline (e.g. digital media, communication, sociology, or cultural studies)
  • start your PhD in February 2022.

How to apply

Follow our steps to apply for a research degree.

When submitting your expression of interest, include:

  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV), including recent IELTS or equivalent if necessary
  • your full academic transcript
  • a two-page research proposal addressing the scholarship topic and explaining why you would be an excellent candidate for this scholarship
  • a writing sample (e.g., copy of an article, essay or thesis)
  • details of 2 academic or professional referees (email and contact number).

In order to be considered for your scholarship, your Expression of Interest must:

  1. Have Professor Jean Burgess listed as your proposed supervisor.
    • Please note that the successful candidate will be working under the direction of an ADM+S Investigator, however this may not necessarily be Prof Burgess
  2. In the financial details section of the EOI, have the name of this scholarship entered at question 2

For more information about the application process, please contact Professor Jean Burgess.

What happens next?

This scholarship will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

We are seeking to recruit a student as soon as possible.


This scholarship will be governed by the QUT Postgraduate Research Award rules.

About the scholarship

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society (ADM+S) is calling for expressions of interest for a PhD scholarship opportunity in its news and media focus area. The successful applicant will undertake research on social and cultural aspects of automation in the digital news, media, and entertainment environment, using a combination of qualitative, critical, and digital approaches. The proposed project may cover issues such as algorithmic content curation and moderation, advertising, critical platform studies, or automation in journalism. The PhD researcher will be based in QUT's Digital Media Research Centre, and will also collaborate closely with other Australian and international university and industry partners in ADM+S.

For more information about the scholarship, contact Professor Jean Burgess.


The successful candidate will be working under the direction of Professor Jean Burgess and/or another ADM+S Investigator in either QUT's School of Communication or School of Law. The candidate will have the opportunity to participate in the vibrant research cultures of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society and QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre.

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