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Digital Media, Location Data and Geoprivacy Scholarship

Future student scholarship
An opportunity to work with an international team of leading digital media researchers

Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students

Study area

Creative practice and communication and design

Eligibility criteria

Academic performance

Application dates

Applications close
10 December 2018

What you'll receive

This scholarship is for exceptional students to complete a PhD on digital media, location data, and geoprivacy. The scholarship is part of the Digital Media, Location Awareness, and the Politics of Geodata project, funded by the Australian Research Council and based in QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre. As the scholarship recipient, you will have the opportunity to work with an international team of leading researchers, to undertake your own innovative research in and across the fields of Digital Media and Design, and to gain an internationally recognised postgraduate qualification.

You'll receive:

  • a scholarship, indexed annually ($27,596 in 2019). The scholarship is tax exempt, and is for living costs for up to 3 years for PhD students.

You can also apply for:

  • a $1,520 relocation allowance
  • a $840 PhD thesis allowance after submitting your thesis

International students will also receive either:

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


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 not have submitted an application in QUT’s most recent Annual Scholarship Round, which closed in September 2018.

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 in February 2019, but before the end of July 2019
  • have a strong interest in undertaking a three-year research project on digital media, location data, and geoprivacy
  • develop a research proposal that responds to and aligns with the scholarship topic, that demonstrates your knowledge and understanding of the privacy implications of location-data sharing through everyday digital media use, and that clearly articulates the contribution your research will make
  • demonstrate excellent capacity and potential for research

It would be advantageous to have:

  • demonstrated experience in digital methods and/or interaction design approaches to researching digital media use

How to apply

To apply for this scholarship, email the following to Associate Professor Peta Mitchell ( by 10 December 2018

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

What happens next?

We will advise you of the outcome of your application by 14 January 2019. If your application is successful, we will ask the QUT Research Students Centre to assess and confirm your eligibility, and you will need to accept the offer within 2 weeks.


The scholarship duration is up to 3 years. You are expected to complete your research project and submit your thesis for external examination within this timeframe.

About the scholarship

The project undertaken by the successful PhD candidate will be closely aligned with the ARC-funded Discovery project Digital Media, Location Awareness, and the Politics of Geodata. This project is led by Associate Professor Peta Mitchell in QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre, and the international research team includes Distinguished Professor Larissa Hjorth (RMIT), Dr Tim Highfield (University of Amsterdam), Prof. Paul Dourish (University of California, Irvine), and Dr Agnieszka Leszczynski (Western University, Canada). The broader Discovery project critically examines the increasingly pervasive role of location metadata (or geodata) in Australian smartphone practices and cultures and the implications this has for users, industry, and public administration. The project will deliver online and open resources to enhance public understanding of geodata and geoprivacy, as well as industry and policy recommendations that address the crucial issue of ‘location awareness’ in everyday digital media use.

The digital media, location data, and geoprivacy PhD scholarship advertised here is intended to contribute to this project, drawing on QUT’s research strengths in digital media and design. The PhD project will be supervised by Associate Professor Peta Mitchell from QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre and by Associate Professor Markus Rittenbruch from QUT’s Design Lab. Proposed projects that incorporate critical understanding of everyday data practices and privacy and design approaches to researching digital media use will be considered favourably.

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