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PhD Scholarships in QUT’s Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship

Future and current student scholarship
PhD scholarships for domestic or international students undertaking projects in QUT’s Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research.

Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students and Current students

Study area


Eligibility criteria

Academic performance


Australian or New Zealand and International

Application dates

Applications close
30 November 2018

What you'll receive

You'll receive:

  • a scholarship, indexed annually ($27,596 in 2019). The scholarship is tax exempt, and is for living costs for up 3 years.

You can also apply for:

  • a $1,520 relocation allowance
  • a thesis allowance after submitting your thesis, valued at:
    • $420 for a research masters
    • $840 for a PhD.


We are seeking an outstanding and enthusiastic graduate, ideally with an interest or competence in management, economics, psychology, information systems or technology.

You must:

  • fulfill our PhD admission criteria, including English language requirements
  • demonstrate excellent capacity and potential for research.

How to apply for a PhD

Evidence of your research ability through publication output in peer-reviewed international journals is desirable.

How to apply

To apply, complete an expression of interest form.

Applications close on Friday 30 November 2018.

For more information on the applying process, contact Professor Per Davidsson or Associate Professor Martin Obschonka.

About the scholarship

QUT’s Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship (ACE) is excited to offer a number of PhD Scholarships to current and future students undertaking PhD studies. We have scholarships available for the following projects.

External enablement of entrepreneurship

It is widely acknowledged that new technologies, demographic and socioeconomic shifts, social movements and changes to the natural environment significantly influence the viability of particular new ventures. However, entrepreneurship research has struggled with making progress on this topic under the dominant notion of 'objective, pre-existing opportunities'. ACE has successfully pioneered a new approach to capturing this type of influence on entrepreneurial processes and outcomes under the notion of 'external enablers'. Effective ways of conceptualising and analysing external enablers help researchers and practitioners to evaluate the specific ways in which external changes can benefit particular ventures and types of entrepreneurial agents. We now aim to continue to develop theoretical leadership and empirical testing in this very promising area of entrepreneurship research.

The entrepreneurial process

There is growing consensus that new venture creation is a process rather than an event. Yet, most entrepreneurship research continues to apply theories that are essentially time-blind. This neglects important issues pertaining to duration, sequence, timing and other temporal aspects of entrepreneurship. A major reason for this is that studying processes is challenging because it requires theoretical and methodological knowledge beyond those that are most familiar to business scholars. ACE aims to develop ground-breaking process theory and data to uncover not only what goes into the process but also what happens during its course that affects further action and eventual success or failure.

What makes new venture ideas successful?

An important perspective in entrepreneurship research focuses on the nexus of individuals and the 'opportunity' or 'new venture idea' they are trying to realise. While we have good knowledge about how individuals can be characterised and how to assess the effects of these characteristics, the state of knowledge is much less developed for the other part of the nexus. Can we develop effective ways of categorising new venture ideas and assess their impact on entrepreneurial behaviour and success?

Experimental evidence on entrepreneurial skills and cognitions

An important perspective in entrepreneurship research focuses on the entrepreneurial mindset, underlying skills and cognitions, and the potential to train these skills. What is particularly needed are experimental designs that develop and test a certain training method in randomised controlled trials. This can deliver important implications for practice and education, given that entrepreneurship education has become a key topic on the political agenda around the globe.

Youth entrepreneurship

Politicians around the globe define entrepreneurial thinking and acting as 21st century skills that help future generations to be successful in the changing world of work. Research shows that the early formative years are particular important for the development of an entrepreneurial mindset (e.g., entrepreneurial cognitions, skills and motivation). What is the role of early learning experiences in adolescence and young adulthood? What is the role of socialisation and personal agency for youth entrepreneurship? How can we develop age-appropriate training and education programs that help young people to develop entrepreneurial skills and crystalise entrepreneurial career interests?

Wellbeing, stress and entrepreneurship

Stress processes and psychological wellbeing are key factors in the entrepreneurial process that rely on the agency and motivation of the individual entrepreneurs. Why are many entrepreneurs more satisfied with their job than employed individuals are? How do entrepreneurs cope with the various stressors during the founding phase, and how could one help them to build relevant psychosocial resources?

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