Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students

Study area

Creative practice, communication and design and Information technology

Eligibility criteria

Academic performance

Application dates

Applications open
17 August 2020
Applications close
30 October 2020

What you'll receive

This scholarship is for exceptional students to complete a PhD on human-centred collaborative robotics. The scholarship is part of QUT’s engagement with the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Hub (ARM Hub).

The successful applicant will receive a scholarship, tax exempt and indexed annually $28,092 per annum for a period of three years.

Paid leave is provided equivalent to QUTPRA scholarships. The scholarship does provide a student travel allowance but does not cover relocation expenses or paid extensions.

International students will also receive either:

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

As the scholarship recipient, you will have the opportunity to work with a team of leading researchers, to undertake your own innovative research in and across the fields of Design and Robotics, and to gain an internationally recognised postgraduate qualification.

The scholarship will be governed by QUTPRA rules. Attribution of Intellectual Property (IP) are governed by the project agreement between the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Hub (ARM Hub) and QUT.


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:

  • 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 by February 2021, but before 1 July 2021
  • have a strong interest in undertaking a three-year research project on human-centred design and human-robot collaboration
  • develop a research proposal that responds to and aligns with the scholarship topic, that demonstrates your knowledge and understanding of the topic area and clearly articulates the contribution your research will make
  • demonstrate excellent capacity and potential for research.

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

  • demonstrated knowledge in the fields of Interaction and User Experience Design, Human-Robot Interaction, Robotics and Mechatronics.

How to apply

This scholarship will utilise a two part application process:

Part One

Interested applicants must submit an EOI for consideration prior to applying for this scholarship, as per QUT's how to apply website. The EOI must include:

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

The EOI should indicate that you are applying for this scholarship, and must have Dr Jared Donovan nominated as your potential supervisor

The EOI must be submitted online no later than Sunday 20 September 2020.

Part Two

On review of the EOI selected applicants will then be invited to submit a full application in the QUT Annual Scholarship Round that closes on 30 October 2020.

What happens next?

Applicants will be contacted directly after the Scholarship Round closing date of 30 October 2020. For details about QUT's application process please go to the QUT Scholarships website.

For any questions about the project, please contact Dr Jared Donovan via email.

About the scholarship

Human-Robot Collaboration is a field of research which effectively combines human and robotic abilities to increase the efficiency and flexibility of manufacturing processes. Assistive Robots and machines that work alongside skilled human experts are key future enabling technologies in advanced manufacturing. Manufacturing lines using industrial robots are well suited to delivering large numbers of consistently high-quality products very efficiently. Humans, by comparison, excel at flexibility, perception, creativity and critical thinking.

A tighter integration of work routines requires improved approaches to the design of collaborative robotic systems so they support the needs of human users. Until now, collaborative robotics research has mostly dealt with the technical challenges of robot sensing, force-limiting, and intelligent path planning. As collaborative robots move out of the lab and into real work settings, there is an urgent need to understand how to design robotic systems so they are a good fit for end-users. We need a human-centred approach to the design of human robot collaboration.

This PhD project will explore the application of human-centred design principles to design novel interaction mechanisms that better support people to integrate collaborative robots into their work. The scholarship is situated with the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Hub a world-leading applied research facility dedicated to the adoption of future manufacturing capabilities such as robotics by small and medium enterprises.

Applicants are sought for this scholarship that have experience in:

  • Industrial Design, Interaction Design, or Human-Robot Interaction
  • prototyping design concepts through code and physical artefacts
  • design fabrication.

About Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Hub (ARM Hub)

The ARM Hub is an agile world-leading technology centre in robotics and design-led manufacturing. We accelerate industry’s digital transformation. Headquartered in Brisbane, the ARM Hub provides access to the most tightly woven network of research institutions, facilities and smart commercial companies in the region. Uniquely positioned to service all major industries, we are geographically centred in the fast-growing South-East Asia region without sovereign risk, and with access to global supply chains, a highly skilled global workforce and quality universities.

The ARM Hub is a not-for-profit with a mission to accelerate industry’s uptake of advanced manufacturing technologies. We provide the skills and resources needed to scale-up and prove-out high value manufacturing technologies. The Hub offers space with the facilities and expertise to enable businesses and experts to collaboratively solve key problems and develop new products and services on a commercial scale.

The ARM Hub's mission is to:

  • take ‘Australian Made’ to the world, using Australia’s reputation for high-value manufacturing and robotics
  • drive economic growth through new ways of doing business, especially for small and medium enterprises
  • lower technical, operational and economic barriers to the adoption of Industry 4.0
  • help industry prepare for the future and employ more Australians.

About QUT Design Lab

Design is no longer just the pursuit of creating objects or artefacts. It is a method and a research approach able to drive Australia’s National Innovation agenda.

Harnessing this potential, the QUT Design Lab was founded in 2016 to employ bold, fresh, and rigorous design-led research to tackle major societal challenges facing society, industry, community, and the environment.

Acting as a hub and home for a diverse team of academics, research students, and industry professionals, the QUT Design Lab supports transdisciplinary collaborations that result in tangible impact and engagement, and which transfer knowledge and technology into beneficial applications for industry and society.

Our mission is “Change by Design.”

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