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QUT Brisbane Consortium for Visual Arts PhD Scholarship

Future student scholarship
A scholarship for future PhD students studying in the creative industries.

Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students

Study area

Creative practice and communication and design

Eligibility criteria

Academic performance


Australian or New Zealand and International

Application dates

Applications close
30 September 2019

What you'll receive

You’ll receive:

  • a living allowance for 3.5 years, indexed annually ($27,496 in 2019). This scholarship can be used to support living costs
  • a total of $3,000 (over a 3.5 year period) to support other related research costs.


You must have received first-class honours (H1) or completed a research masters in one of these fields:

  • community cultural development
  • creative or cultural industries
  • creative practice as research
  • cultural economics.

You should an interest in:

  • art history
  • interdisciplinary practices in visual art
  • Indigenous art making and art practices.

How to apply

Applications for our annual scholarship round are now open for students starting in 2020.

Apply for a research degree and a scholarship any time between now and 30 September 2019.

You must register your interest for a scholarship when you apply for your course by completing the 'Scholarship application' section of the research degree application form. Indicate on your application that you want to be considered for a scholarship as part of our annual scholarship round.

You'll be considered for all scholarships you're eligible for.

If you have already applied for admission and want to be considered in the annual scholarship round, register your interest by contacting the Research Students Centre.

Read our guide to applying for research scholarships (PDF file, 1.2 MB)

Follow our step-by-step guide to apply for a research degree

Explore the Creative Lab website

For further information on this exciting opportunity, contact Professor Andrew McNamara.

What happens next?

We'll assess applications and make offers in mid-November. If your scholarship application is successful, you'll need to accept the offer by the response date provided in your offer. We expect you to begin your research degree early in the following year.

Eligibility for admission to a PhD is determined by the Research Students Centre. Scholarships applications will be assessed by the faculty you’re applying to study with.


Your scholarship will end when you submit your thesis, or at the end of the award's tenure, whichever comes first.

Read the terms and conditions for this scholarship:

To keep your scholarship, you must:

  • make satisfactory progress in your studies
  • remain studying at QUT
  • be enrolled as an internal student
  • remain studying full-time.

You can't:

  • hold another scholarship that is worth more than 75% of the QUT Postgraduate Research Award.

About the scholarship

The Brisbane Consortium for the Visual Arts (BCVA) facilitates scholarly collaboration between the art history-theory programs of Griffith University, QUT and the University of Queensland, working in conjunction with the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).

The Consortium’s key areas of focus include:

  • contemporary Asian art; art of the Asia-Pacific
  • Australian and Australian Indigenous art
  • the global contemporary
  • curatorial education and training
  • new approaches to art history and theory.

There is also the opportunity to link your research to the QAGOMA collection and/or exhibition program.

This scholarship will link with two areas of the QUT Creative Lab’s research priorities:

  • experimental creative practice
  • socially and ecologically engaged practice.

For 2020, two specific areas of art-historical research will be undertaken that link with these priorities as well as with the Consortium’s focus. The general framework for such a study will be in one of two areas:

Out of the frame: the origins of interdisciplinaryartistic practices in Berlin 1919-1925
This project investigates the origins of interdisciplinary arts practice. In this period, many artists developed practices broke out of the frame of conventional visual arts practices and sought to embrace other disciplines within their practices—such as dance, the built environment, music, theatre and literature. These experiments led to what we call today 'experimental practices' that shift from formerly secure media boundaries to new hybrids, such as the first installations, performances, sound art, etc. This study will examine its continuing impact on the arts today and, in particular, how such practices led to the first transdisciplinary creative practices. It will also examine how such practices led to different propositions about the arts with an emphasis on criteria like innovation and transformation.
The question of the 'Indigenous' in Brisbane art since the Campfire Group and Proppa Now
Brisbane has been a centre of focus for what was once called 'urban Indigenous art.' A PhD on this topic will examine how Brisbane practices were at the forefront of recognition for this area and how such practices have since transformed this label. The PhD study will examine a range of practices that collectively led to this transformation and created a space for contemporary Indigenous expression. Alternatively, the study can focus on one practice as emblematic of a wider quest for recognition that is both indigenous and modern or contemporary.

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