Future Enterprise PhD Scholarship

Future student scholarship
Future Enterprise PhD Scholarship

Scholarship details

Study levels

Postgraduate and Research

Student type

Future students

Study area


Eligibility criteria

Academic performance


Australian or New Zealand and International

Application dates

Applications close
26 April 2020

What you'll receive

A scholarship valued at AU$30K (tax free) per annum for a period of three years will be provided to the successful applicant. Applicants who are not Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents will also be considered for a Higher Degree Research Tuition Fee Sponsorship.


You must have:

  1. Recently completed or near completion of a Master’s degree in one of the four themes of the Centre for Future Enterprise
  2. Potential to develop and deliver the chosen research project in line with the Centre’s vision
  3. Potential or demonstrated ability to research, write, publish and present high-quality findings and communicate those findings professionally
  4. Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively as part of a diverse team, with the commitment to workplace equality
  5. Excellent interpersonal skills that demonstrate the ability to develop networks and partnerships across disciplines, including senior members of private and public sector organisations.

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

  1. Potential or demonstrated ability to interact with industry as part of collaborative research and/or consultancy
  2. Potential or demonstrated ability to seek and secure external research funding, while enhancing the public profile of QUT.

How to apply

To apply please submit your EOI to future.enterprise@qut.edu.au. Your EOI must include:

  • A cover letter and current resume
  • Full academic transcript
  • Preliminary research proposal (one page)
  • The names and contact details of two referees.

If your EOI is not successful, we will notify you by email and advise you the next steps.

For more information about the EOI process please contact future.enterprise@qut.edu.au.

What happens next?

This scholarship expression of interest round will close on 14 April 2020 for commencement as soon as possible.

For more information about doing your PhD visit QUT website.

For enquiries about the scholarship or the Centre for Future Enterprise contact CFE Director, Professor Michael Rosemann on m.rosemann@qut.edu.au.


The Centre for Future Enterprise (CFE) at Queensland University of Technology is calling for expressions of interest from prospective postgraduate research students for fully-funded PhD scholarships for immediate start, valued at AU$90,000 (tax free) over three years.

We are seeking in total 4 (four) motivated candidates who aspire to:

  • conduct demand-driven, empirical research to global standards
  • provide contemporary, new research capacity within CFE
  • work collaboratively with multiple CFE research experts to support building cross disciplinary thinking within and across the four main themes of entrepreneurial, digital, social-purpose and robust enterprises.

Candidates studying in one of the following domains are encouraged to apply:

  • entrepreneurship and innovation
  • digital transformation
  • technology management
  • data science, AI and machine learning systems
  • econometrics
  • information and network economics
  • nonprofit accountability
  • nonprofit leadership
  • governance, public policy
  • philanthropic or social enterprise
  • trust management
  • strategic management.


Priority research topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Entrepreneurial cultures in social-purpose organisations
  • Entrepreneurial organisations: How to foster intrapreneurship and partnership models with start-ups
  • Digital Innovation and Transformation: How can incumbents take advantage of affordances from digital innovation and navigate their digital transformation trajectories
  • Organisational resilience in the face of disruptive forces: How can organisations build robustness capacity
  • Nonprofit/social enterprise/philanthropy: Creating and navigating futures in digital economy
  • Digital accountability in social-purpose enterprises
  • The management of trust: How can digital technologies and social-purpose design principles improve trust positions?

About the scholarship

The newly established QUT Centre for Future Enterprise (CFE) is dedicated to demand-driven, rigorous research exploring and testing possible futures for enterprises of all sizes ranging from large incumbents to emerging start-ups, from the internationally listed corporation to the regional nonprofit charity.

As one of nine tier 1 research centres dedicated to drive the strategic priorities of QUT, CFE is the only research centre within QUT ‘s Business School, Australia’s first triple crown accredited business faculty.

CFE research inspires, informs and enables current and future leaders to navigate a fast-emerging new world, differentiating essential requirements from distracting noise.

Led by Director Professor Michael Rosemann, CFE draws together the knowledge and expertise of three tier 2 QUT research centres with world-leading, globally-top-10-most cited, business management academics: including the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research; the Centre for the Digital Economy; and the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies.

Based on the fundamental hypothesis that an increasingly opportunity-rich environment will require new enterprise capabilities, CFE research focuses on four themes and the interconnection between these themes:

1. Entrepreneurial enterprise
Our related research covers entrepreneurial diversity in people, entrepreneurial opportunities, the entrepreneurial process, entrepreneurial regions and immigrant entrepreneurship in Australia. In alignment with the technology-focus of QUT, research is also focused on AI and Big Data in Entrepreneurship and the use of data analytics and metrics for capturing and studying the entrepreneurial landscape and developments.

2. Digital enterprise
Research within this theme is organised in four streams, i.e. (1) humans in the digital economy (e.g., deviant behaviour, digital literacy), (2) organisations in the digital economy (innovation frameworks, digital maturity, technology impact), (3) policy and processes in the digital economy (future-proof economies, robotic processes, economy of algorithms) and (4) measuring the digital economy (digital trade, tech-dependent growth).

3. Social-purpose enterprise
The multi-disciplinary research in this theme comprises (1) nonprofit accountability and accounting, (2) philanthropy, fundraising and nonprofit marketing, (3) nonprofit governance, management, leadership and culture, (4) social enterprise, innovation and business ethics, and (5) an emergent theme on faith-based organisations – one quarter of all charities.

4. Robust enterprise
In our research on the robust enterprise we develop approaches to revenue resilience, trust management methodologies, strategic envisioning for technology opportunism and disruption, and study intrapreneurial talent acquisition. Trust- as-a-service as an entrepreneurial opportunity or value resilience in nonprofit organisations are possible future research pathways.

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