Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students


Australian or New Zealand and International

Application dates

Applications close
31 October 2020

What you'll receive

This 3 year scholarship will be paid at the Australian Postgraduate Award rate of approximately $28597 per year, plus additional funding for research costs and conference travel support.


You must have either:

  • a completed recognised relevant honours degree (first class or second class Division A) or equivalent
  • a completed recognised masters degree or professional doctorate (by research or coursework)
  • basic-intermediate programming skills and interest in mixed-methods research are desirable

Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy depends on an applicant’s demonstrated research aptitude and the availability of supervision, infrastructure and resources needed for the proposed research project.

For more information on eligibility, read the admission criteria for the Doctor of Philosophy (PDF, 98.5KB).

How to apply

Please submit your application by 31 October 2020.

Any questions?

Please contact Dr Oscar Oviedo-Trespalacios


What happens next?

This scholarship is for study commencing in February/March 2021.

About the scholarship

Driver distraction involves the diversion of attention away from the safety-critical driving tasks towards competing activities. Driving comprises a wide range of safety-critical tasks (e.g. changing speed, merging manoeuvres, etc.) where the consequences of an error could cause serious injury.  Future transport technologies such as connected and semi-automated vehicles will still be affected by distraction, given that it is anticipated that drivers will continue engaging in distraction while controlling or supervising these vehicles. Until fully automated “no steering wheel” vehicles are commercially available, automation models will require close cooperation between drivers and semi-automated vehicles. The overarching objective of this project is to predict distraction engagement and determine strategies to minimise the negative impact of distraction when driving semi-automated vehicles. The PhD Candidate will conduct a realistic driving simulator experiment as a part of the project.

This scholarship is funded by a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DE200101079) from the Australian Research Council (ARC).

Dr Oscar Oviedo-Trespalacios (Queensland University of Technology QUT) and Dr Kristie Young (Monash University).

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