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, Australian and International

Application dates

Applications open
29 July 2021
Applications close
31 December 2021

What you'll receive

You'll receive:

  • a tax exempt scholarship at $28,597 per annum for three years, indexed annually.

This 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.

A successful international student will be considered for a research degree tuition fee sponsorship, if successful in receiving the scholarship.


You must:

  • meet the QUT academic and English language entry requirements for QUT's Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • be able to commence the PhD course by 2022
  • hold an honours degree or masters by research in either:
    • property economics
    • built environment
    • business
  • meet eligibility for admission requirements to the PhD program at QUT
  • have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, this scholarship is only available for candidates who are already located in Australia, and can commence in 2021.

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.

Project skill requirements

Project 1 requires a background in:

  • applied economics
  • finance in property
  • built environment.

Project 2 requires a background in:

  • marketing
  • public relations
  • 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.

How to apply for a research degree

You must submit an expression of interest (EOI) to study a PhD. 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.

The EOI must include:

  • a cover letter
  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV), including recent IELTS or equivalent score for international applicants
  • full academic transcripts
  • proof of citizenship
  • 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.

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 in 2022.


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 of 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

The impacts of large-scale infrastructure projects on liveability

This project will focus on safety. Social scientists have long recognised that large scale change and development can bring with it social strains and disruption. For example, increased population mobility can weaken the bonding and bridging ties important to social capital. One measure of such is crime and fear of crime. This project will measure and examine the extent to which large-scale infrastructure development impacts on safety and perceptions of safety. It will also formulate responses to any real or perceived impacts, drawing on situational and structural forms of crime prevention.

Supervisor: Professor John Scott

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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