Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students

Study area

Building and planning, Creative practice and communication and design

What you'll receive

Through the PhD scholarship you will receive a living allowance for three years, indexed annually ($28,854 in 2022). The scholarship is for full-time students and can be used to support living costs.

You should be able to commit to a full-time study load of 35 hours per week and attendance on-campus at QUT Gardens Point.

The conditions for retaining the scholarship are set out in the rules of the QUT Postgraduate Research Award (Domestic)


To be eligible for the scholarship you must:

  • be residing in Australia at the time of submitting your application and for the commencement and duration of the project
  • meet QUT academic and English language entry requirements for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy (IF49)
  • have a first-class honours (H1) or Masters (by research / MPhil) or equivalent degree in architecture, interior architecture, or a related discipline
  • have industry expertise in either architecture, building, or design that is pertinent to the project focus
  • be willing to work within the established project design and within the direction and guidance of the project leaders and PhD supervision team
  • be able to commence February 2022.

How to apply

You apply for a scholarship within your application for admission to a research degree.

Application for course admission

Visit the How to apply for a research degree page for instructions on submitting an application and a link to the online application form.

Please indicate your interest in this scholarship by nominating Professor Jill Franz as principal supervisor and include the name of this scholarship project in the financial details section of the application form.

Application for scholarship

Included in your application for admission you will need to provide the following which will be used to assess your application for the scholarship:

  • a CV which highlights relevant research experience
  • full academic transcripts.

Applicants may be contacted for an interview.

The successful applicant will be supported by Professor Jill Franz to develop a proposal document in line with the ARC Linkage project requirements to finalise the application process.

For more information about the scholarship research project or scholarship application process please contact Professor Jill Franz.

About the scholarship

This is a research scholarship for a qualified graduate interested in the relationship between built environment, wellbeing and student learning.

About the research project

QUT has recently been awarded federal government funding through an ARC Linkage Project to research the impact of physical, digital, and social spaces of urban vertical schools on student wellbeing and capability and produce an evidence-base to inform future built environment and educational decision making. Included as part of this project is scholarship funding for two PhD projects.

The PhD project described here will focus on the physical school spaces in three participating case schools and the architectural elements and conditions identified by students as supporting or not supporting their wellbeing and potential for learning.

It is expected the PhD project will help develop a more robust understanding of vertical schools as an architectural typology underpinned by its theoretical contribution to salutogenic (health promoting) design and the spatiality of wellbeing.

In this project you will utilise data collected via participatory research methods such as:

  • video narratives
  • focus groups
  • photo elicitation
  • as well as developing an inclusive method of post occupancy evaluation (POE).

You will work collaboratively as part of an interdisciplinary team involving:

  • another PhD student
  • chief investigator researchers
  • architects
  • designers
  • builders
  • educators
  • school students.

The principal supervisor for this PhD scholarship project will be Professor Jill Franz, School of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Engineering, QUT.

For further information please contact Professor Jill Franz

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