Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students

Study area




Application dates

Applications close
30 March 2022

What you'll receive

You'll receive:

  • a living allowance of AU$38,000 per annum for three years
  • the opportunity to develop advanced research skills, contribute to an important global issue and engage meaningfully with industry
  • international students will receive a HDR tuition fee sponsorship, if successful in receiving the scholarship.

The scholarship is for full-time study and can be used to support living costs.

A six-month extension to the scholarship is also possible, subject to approval by QUT and the funding organisation RACE for 2030 CRC.

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, applicants must either be domestic or international students who are on shore in Australia. International, offshore applicants will be considered, provided they are fully vaccinated and able to enter Australia. Learn more about Australia's border restrictions.


You must:

  • meet the QUT academic and English language entry requirements for QUT's Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • have a first-class honours (H1) qualification or equivalent in a relevant social science field, for example, marketing, psychology, management, communication or behavioural economics
  • demonstrate competence in statistical analysis of quantitative social science data
  • demonstrate an ability to produce high level literature reviews
  • have excellent communication skills.

Course commencement is expected to be by Semester 02, 2022.

The provision of a scholarship is conditional on successful application and admission to the IF49 Doctor of Philosophy or IF80 Master of Philosophy course. Eligibility for admission to a research degree is determined by the Graduate Research Centre.

How to apply

Email the co-director of the Centre of Behavioural Economics, Society and Technology, Professor Rebekah Russell-Bennett at

Make sure you include:

  • your CV
  • an academic transcript
  • a letter outlining your fit with the eligibility criteria.

What happens next?

If your application matches the project's needs, you will be invited to apply for a PhD at QUT.

How to apply for a research degree

You must submit your expression of interest (EOI). Indicate your interest in this scholarship by nominating Professor Rebekah Russell-Bennett as principal supervisor and include the name of this scholarship in the financial details section.

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

Applications will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.


The conditions for retaining the scholarship are set out in the rules of the QUT Postgraduate Research Award (Domestic) in conjunction with the conditions developed by the funding organisation RACE for 2030 CRC.

About the scholarship

Project title

The Development of an Australian Energy Trust Index

About the project

This PhD project is a unique opportunity to contribute to both theory and practice as the student will work closely with in the energy sector. The supervisors for this project are Professor Rebekah Russell-Bennett (Principal Supervisor, QUT Marketing), Professor Terry Flew (University of Sydney), Dr John Gardner (CSIRO) and Professor Ian Lings (QUT Marketing).

This PhD will benchmark levels of trust across the energy sector  supply chain and from different stakeholder perspectives.  The PhD by publication will commence with a rapid review for the purpose of identify existing conceptualisations, metrics and drivers of trust across multiple industries and energy. The second study will involve the development of a rigorous measurement instrument that triangulates data from multiple sources. The third and final study will test the instrument across multiple perspectives to determine nomological validity.  This topic aligns with two RACE themes;  E1 Trust Building for Collaborative Win-Win Customer Solutions and H4 Rewarding Flexible Demand: Customer.

This scholarship is funded from the RACE for Energy CRC and Essential Energy. RACE for 2030 (RACE) aims to accelerate the transition to Reliable, Affordable, Clean Energy by 2030 through innovation focused on energy end users and the networks that supply them. The Industry PhD Program (the program) is engaging industry and universities to train the future workforce through practical, demand driven research projects. Industry partners, in conjunction with academia, provide the Industry PhD research agenda based on their societal knowledge of pressing needs and issues. RACE PhD candidates (candidates) will have individual and collective passions that can be harnessed to create positive, impactful actions, outcomes, and change.

This scholarship provides the opportunity to develop advanced research skills, contribute to an important global issue and engage meaningfully with industry.

More information

Visit the QUT Centre for Behavioural Economics, Society and Technology for more information about the research centre.

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