Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students and Current students

Study area



Australian or New Zealand

What you'll receive

You will receive a living allowance of AU$33,413 pa (ARC 2020 rate) for three years, indexed annually.

A six-month extension to the scholarship is also possible, subject to approval by QUT.

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


You must:

  • meet QUT academic and English language entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy (IF49)
  • have recently completed a Masters of Philosophy or Research Masters, OR,
  • recently completed degree in employee relations, human resource management, management, or sociology of work, with,
  • first-class honours (H1) or equivalent research is expected to align with topics listed on the Australian Cobotics Centre website to ensure industry partner organisation requirements are met
  • research must be undertaken under the primary supervision of an investigator within the Centre.

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

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, preference/priority will be given to domestic or resident international students but exceptional international applicants will be considered.

How to apply

Submit your expression of interest via the Australian Cobotics Centre website.

The form requests:

  • an overview of your interest in the topic, skills and experience, 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, please note this in the EOI providing details of your proposed topic.

What happens next?

Applications will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

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).

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

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, preference/priority will be given to domestic or resident international students but exceptional international applicants will be considered.

About the scholarship

Project Title

Manufacturing Jobs of the Future


With an emphasis on the job (as opposed to the worker), this Project will investigate how jobs, and the tasks associated with those jobs, are re-designed following the implementation of collaborative robotics.

Adopting a multiple case study design, the Project will facilitate the identification of skills that are specific to the type of job or manufacturing process within and between different organisational contexts, thus distinguishing specialised from general advanced manufacturing skills for the future.

The project will further explore how collaborative robots might ultimately contribute to meaningful work, improve employee health and safety, or diversify the characteristics of workers able to undertake particular occupational tasks.

The findings will inform education providers to co-design and upgrade trades, qualifications and training frameworks for Australia's manufacturing future, and will inform attraction and retention strategies for both partner organisations and the sector broadly.

Skills and experience

To be considered for this project, you must have recently completed a degree (first class honours) or Masters of Philosophy in human resource management, employee relations, management, sociology of work, or a related field, with a particular interest in the impact of technology on work, workers or workplaces. Ideally, you will have had experience undertaking case studies within organisational settings and have applied qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.

Principal Supervisor:  Greg Hearn

Partner Organisation:  WELD Australia

Contact Professor Greg Hearn for further information:

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.

Visit the Australian Cobotics Centre website for further information.

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