Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students and Current students

Study area

Creative practice, communication and design, Science, technology and engineering and mathematics

Eligibility criteria

Academic performance

What you'll receive

You'll receive a scholarship, tax exempt and indexed annually of $34,013 per annum for a period of three years, with a possible 6 month extension, subject to satisfactory progress.

If you're an international student, you 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 and undertake your own innovative research.


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:

How to apply

Submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) via the Australian Cobotics Centre website:

The form requests:

  • an overview of your interest in the topic and proposed research methods
  • details of your choice of project and supervisor
  • an up-to-date CV indicating previous lab experience and skills.

If you have a project you feel is aligned to the centre’s research, but doesn’t fit within one of the specified topics, note this in the expression of interest providing details of your proposed topic.

What happens next?

All EOIs will be reviewed by the program leaders and proposed supervisor.  If successful, the proposed supervisors will be in contact to invite you to submit a full application at the university of your proposed supervisor.  Eligibility for admission to a research degree is determined by the QUT’s Graduate Research Centre.

For more information about the scholarship or application process please contact


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).

Students will be required to complete a 12 month placement as part of their candidature. The placement may be a combination of remote and in-person and take place at one or more of the industry partner organisations.

About the scholarship

Design relies on prototyping methods to help envisage future design concepts and elicit feedback from potential users. A key challenge the design of human-robot interaction (HRI) with collaborative robots is the current lack of prototyping tools, techniques, and materials. Without good prototyping tools, it is difficult to move beyond existing solutions and develop new ways of interacting with robots that make them more accessible and easier for people to use.

This project will develop a robot collaboration prototyping toolkit that combines physical and simulated robotic systems to explore, develop and test new processes and work routines. You will have scope to explore a range of prototyping techniques and work with real-world industry partners. You will investigate the use of technologies such as motion tracking, mixed-reality interfaces, and lightweight interactive components to allow for exploration of new interaction concepts in a safe way. You will also investigate the use of physical markers, and interactive output components that can augment commercially available collaborative robotic equipment to test other interaction modalities. Your work will enable designers, engineers, and end-users to work together to improve the future of human-robotic interaction.

Please contact Associate Professor Jared Donovan for further information.

Research activities

This research project may involve the following activities:

  • co-design workshops with potential users to establish design requirements
  • exploration of candidate prototyping technologies to assess suitability
  • design and development of interactive environments and components
  • deployment and evaluation of the prototyping toolkit in real-world design projects.


Upon completing this research, we expect to develop:

  • new tools for designing and prototyping human robot interactions
  • techniques for using these tools with end-users in co-design sessions
  • a framework for applying the prototyping toolkit in a design process
  • new knowledge about the nature of prototyping for HRI.

Skills and Experience

To be considered for this project, you must have a background in:

  • interaction design
  • human-computer interaction, or,
  • a related field particularly with skills in development of interactive prototypes.

Ideally, you will have experience carrying out applied design-led research and an ability to interpret qualitative data.

About the Centre

The Australian Cobotics Centre was established in August 2021. Our research is focused on the implementation of Collaborative Robotics (or cobotics) within Australian Manufacturing. The aim is to create a safer, more efficient and globally competitive manufacturing industry.

The Centre, funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) is a collaboration between three Australian universities (Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Swinburne University of Technology and University of Technology Sydney (UTS)) and industry partners from a range of manufacturing industries including steel making and medical devices.

The Australian Cobotics Centre provides PhD students with opportunity to do cutting edge research in industry alongside other researchers in a multidisciplinary team led by some of the world’s leading scholars.

We offer a holistic training and development program that includes a 12 month industry placement, industry mentor program and formal and informal training opportunities on research communications, technical skills and personal development.

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