Scholarship details

Study levels

Postgraduate and Research

Student type

Future students

Study area

Building and planning, Business, Engineering and Health and community


Australian or New Zealand and Australian only

Application dates

Applications close
9 May 2021

What you'll receive

  • A tax exempt scholarship at $28,597 per annuum for three years, indexed annually
  • The scholarship is for full-time study and can be used to support living costs
  • A six-month extension to the scholarship is also possible, subject to approval by QUT
  • A successful international student will be considered for a HDR tuition fee sponsorship, if successful in receiving the scholarship


  • Meet QUT academic and English language entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy (IF49)
  • Be able to commence the PhD course by 1 July 2021
  • An honours degree or equivalent in Property Economics, Built Environment or Business
  • Meet eligibility for admission requirements to the PhD program at QUT
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, this scholarship is only available for students who are already residents in Australia
  • The provision of a scholarship is conditional on successful application and admission to the Doctor of Philosophy course. Eligibility for admission to a research degree is determined by the Graduate Research Centre.
  • Desirable: Project 1 requires a background in Applied Economics, Finance in Property and Built Environment. Project 2 requires a background in Marketing, Public Relations or Consumer Psychology

How to apply

  • To be considered for this scholarship, you will be invited to apply for and be accepted into a PhD at QUT.
  • Apply for a research degree.
  • Submit your expression of interest to study a PhD by 18 April 2021.
  • Indicate your interest in this scholarship by nominating Dr Connie Susilawati or Dr Amanda Beatson as principal supervisor and include the name of this scholarship in the financial details section.
  • As part of the EOI process applicants must provide their CV, full academic transcripts, English language results (if required), and proof of citizenship.
  • In addition to the required documentation, please include the following in your EOI:
    • a cover letter
    • a summary (up to two pages) of your career outlining your experience in data science practice or research
    • contact details of three referees (full name, email, and phone number).

What happens next?

  • If your EOI is successful, you will be invited to attend an online interview with the nominating supervisor.
  • If your interview is successful, you will be invited to submit a full application including a research proposal to finalise your application.
  • Applications will close no later than 9 May 2021.
  • We are aiming to fill these scholarships as soon as possible. It is expected that the students will be able to commence the scholarships and begin full-time study by 1 July 2021.


The scholarship will be governed by QUTPRA rules (QUT Postgraduate Research Award (Domestic) or QUT Postgraduate Research Award (International), but will only include provisions for up to an additional 12 weeks paid sick leave, paid maternity leave and paid extensions.

About the scholarship

The QUT Centre for Data Science and Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Scholarships seeks to undertake timely, data-informed insights about the Queen’s Wharf development that will inform communities and governments of similar large-scale infrastructure projects. The Centre hosts QUT’s flagship project, the Queens Wharf Brisbane (QWB) Longitudinal Study.

The QWB is the development of a generation for Brisbane and promises to deliver significant benefits and impact for the city, regional areas and Queensland that need to be captured, measured and analysed. The QWB Longitudinal Study builds on an earlier joint project between QUT and the Queensland Government, and is a unique and critical strategic framework for evidence-based monitoring and decision-making that can be applied where any large-scale infrastructure projects are being considered.

QUT and the Graduate Research Centre are committed to Equity and Diversity among our staff and students, to ensure that we mirror the diversity of the community in which QUT exists. In 2018, this was recognised by QUT receiving a Bronze Award in the inaugural SAGE Athena SWAN gender and diversity program.

Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are encouraged to apply.

Current Topic Areas

Finance and construction: the Impact of significant precinct developments on surrounding property markets and property value

The impact of significant precinct developments can be varied in different stage of the project development and delay of market responses related to the risk and uncertainty of the development.

This PhD project is reviewing the impact of significant large-scale development such as Queens Wharf Brisbane and related infrastructure projects on land use mix and surrounding property markets and property value. The project will include longitudinal study and comparison with other significant precinct development projects. This project will contribute theoretically to property economics scholarship and will provide policy recommendation on future significant precinct development.

Supervisor: Dr Connie Susilawati

Public sentiment: community engagement for large-scale infrastructure projects

Little is known about the impact of community engagement in the infrastructure sector and the influence sociocultural factors have on community engagement practice. This PhD project utilises qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate the relationship between organisations and local communities and understand how community engagement processes contribute to social capital and social license to operate. The findings of this PhD project will contribute theoretically to community engagement scholarship, and practically, will guide public policy and practice by government and corporations, around engaging for infrastructure projects.

Supervisor: Associate Professor Amanda Beatson

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