Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students

Study area

Building and planning, Business, Creative practice and communication and design

Eligibility criteria

Academic performance

Application dates

Applications close
31 October 2021

What you'll receive

A living allowance of AU$33,386 will be paid for up to 3 years if you're a full-time PhD student. International students will also be considered for a tuition fee sponsorship.

This is a 3-year PhD scholarship to undertake research as part of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded Research Project, “An Inter-generational Learning and Living Campus: A New Model for Healthy Senior Living and Integrated School Communities across Urban and Regional Australia”.

You’ll benefit from being part of a research team and working with other PhD students and academics. You’ll work closely with supervisors and external industry advisors on the NHMRC project studying intergenerational campus environments. This project has a number of interstate partners.


You must:

  • have completed undergraduate or coursework qualifications in a suitable built environment or urban economics degree
  • meet QUT academic and English language entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy (IF49)
  • enrol as a full-time, internal student

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

  • data collection and analysis skills (quantitative and qualitative methods)
  • knowledge of property development process and feasibility studies
  • knowledge of residential properties, schools, age care facilities (work experience in the property sector is beneficial)
  • capability to communicate with industrial partners, senior residents, young students, international academics and partners.

How to apply

You must submit an expression of interest (EOI) by 31 October 2021.

In your EOI:

  • nominate Dr Tanja Tyvimaa as your proposed principal supervisor (an appropriate supervisory team will be discussed with the successful applicant)
  • enter the details of this scholarship at question 2 in the financial details section.

We are seeking to recruit an applicant as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, contact

What happens next?

If your EOI is accepted you’ll be invited to submit a full application, including a research proposal, to finalise your application.


The conditions for retaining the scholarship are set out in the rules of the QUT Postgraduate Research Award (Domestic) or QUT Postgraduate Research Award (International).

About the scholarship

Economic feasibility of Intergenerational Schools is one of the main research areas under the main project (visit The GrandSchools Project for more information).

The project aims to identify the factors that impact on the economic factors that will determine the success of intergenerational schools. This will require exploration of the establishment and running costs which consider regulatory policy, governance models, economic factors, campus planning, and the campus design features. This research will support the development of a pilot decision support tool to inform intergenerational learning and living campus feasibility and design.

The PhD project requires the collection of multidisciplinary (property economics and feasibility, urban planning and design) data, experience and knowledge to design and test small case study projects embedded within the community applying experience and knowledge from successful national and international cases.

The project includes a review of existing literature of intergenerational programs and feasibility models, data collection of existing case studies, analysing and mapping the data. Research methods included, but not limited, systematic literature review, interviews and surveys, case studies, and observations at intergenerational facilities. The project overlaps with the initial development of the intergenerational model to ensure integration of research findings to construct, cost and evaluate the model.

This project is located at the QUT Business School, Economics and Finance, at our Gardens Point campus.

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