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Samford Environmental Research Facility (SERF) creative scholarship

Future student scholarship
The Creative Lab and Samford Ecological Research Lab (SERF) are seeking an outstanding candidate who wishes to develop a PhD combining art and science.

Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students

Study area

Creative practice, communication and design and Science and mathematics

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
  • membership to the QUT Creative Lab, giving you access to an array of high tech spaces, facilities and equipment.

You'll also have the opportunity to work on an exciting, innovating project combining the arts and science. You'll work with supervisors who have extensive experience in the interaction between the experimental arts, and ecological and conservation science.


You must:

  • be ready to start your project in early 2020
  • meet the admission criteria for a PhD (PDF file, 92.7 KB)
  • have received first-class honours (H1) or completed a research masters in the field of creative practice or biotechnologies
  • apply for and be accepted into a PhD.

Is this project right for you?

Your project will be arts and research driven, with a substantial portion of creative practice output. You'll seek in a novel way to explore and engage aspects of ecological science and conservation underway at SERF and associated cultural forces.

We'll give preference to researchers with a strong interest in ecology or environmental practices, particularly those with a technological component, in line with QUT Creative Lab's mission statement.

You must be free to divide your time each week between the lab at SERF, the Institute for Future Environments at Gardens Point Campus and the Creative Lab at the Kelvin Grove campus. The lab at SERF is situated in a secluded, peaceful bush location just outside Brisbane, and you will need your own transport.

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

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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 Creative Lab and QUT’s Samford Ecological Research Lab (SERF) (managed by the Institute for Future Environments (IFE)) are seeking an outstanding candidate who wishes to develop a PhD combining art and science.

We envisage that your program of research would integrate within a range of initiatives currently underway, ensuring your entry into a transdisciplinary, collaborative and supportive working environment.

The supervisory team will work with you to develop and hone your initial proposal for the 2020 QUT Annual Scholarship Round, which you will continue to develop during the three years of study.

Current and planned art-science crossover projects at SERF include Uncanny Valleys Super-Site, and a proposed on-site science and culture incubator that seeks to integrate 10 years of data collected at SERF to build a scientific and culturally engaged impression of this remarkable site and its activities. Science projects underway include studies of soil health, carbon sequestration, sonic acoustic monitoring, forest health and drought tolerant landscapes.

For more information on this exciting opportunity, contact Dr Keith Armstrong.

The hosting science lab

The Samford Ecological Research Facility (SERF) is located in the idyllic Samford Valley, a 25-minute drive northwest of QUT’s Gardens Point Campus in Brisbane, Queensland. This 51-hectare property provides QUT with a research, teaching and learning base for a range of ecological, engineering, built environment and educational programs primarily relating to urban development and its impact on ecosystems.

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