Scholarship details

Study levels

Postgraduate and Research

Student type

Future students

Study area

Information technology, Science, technology and engineering and mathematics



What you'll receive

  • The successful applicants will receive a living allowance of AU$30,000 per annum (full-time, fixed rate) for three years.
  • The scholarship is for full-time study and can be used to support living costs.


  • Meet QUT academic and English language entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy (IF49).
  • Recently completed degree in Data Science, Information Technology, Engineering or Mathematics
  • First-class honours (H1) or equivalent
  • Minimum GPA requirement of 5 (desirable)
  • Complete security checks, police checks and pre-engagement checks specified by Services Australia
  • Complete training required by Services Australia
  • Comply with Services Australia’s Corporate Policies, the APS Code of Conduct the Work, Health and Safety Act 2011, the Privacy Act of 1999 and any Secrecy Laws.

Applicants will be assessed against the faculty's Doctor of Philosophy eligibility criteria.

The provision of a scholarship is conditional on successful application and admission to the IF49 Doctor of Philosophy course. Eligibility for admission to a research degree is determined by the Graduate Research Centre.

How to apply

  • Please send your CV and a cover letter detailing your interests and motivations for applying for this opportunity to Professor David Lovell. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview once the applications have closed.
  • Please review the eligibility requirements prior to submitting your application.

What happens next?

  • After the closing date, the successful applicant will be invited to apply for a PhD at QUT.
  • How to apply for a research degree
  • Indicate your interest in this scholarship by nominating Professor David Lovell as principal supervisor, and include the name of this scholarship in the financial details section.


An Industry Scholarship Agreement and Scholarship Terms and Conditions will be provided to the successful applicant for consideration.

About the scholarship

  • This is an outstanding opportunity to engage in data science of national scale and significance while gaining your PhD.
  • You will gain valuable real-world experience with a well-established team within Services Australia with excellent academic supervision through QUT's Centre for Data Science.
  • Your work will support individuals, families and communities to achieve greater self-sufficiency through the delivery of social, health and child support services and other payments.
  • Your research will help in gaining greater insight from large-scale administrative data, and using those insights to improve service delivery.
  • On the technical side, your research will involve data analysis, modelling and simulation, and possibly geospatial data analysis, data visualization and agent-based modeling.
  • There is a diverse range of potential topics to which you could apply and develop your statistical and data analysis research expertise.
  • You will be working closely with agency partners, QUT supervisors and fellow students to ensure your research delivers impact and contributes to the body of data science knowledge.
  • We anticipate this research will deliver valuable and real-world findings and interpretations about the data as well as deeper insights into the strengths and limitations of data science methodologies.
  • Services Australia and QUT’s Centre for Data Science will be co-funding the Scholarship.
  • Due to the sensitive nature of this project, this position requires 0.8 of your time to be spent in the Brisbane office of Services Australia
  • Up to four scholarships will be awarded.
  • For further information, please contact Professor David Lovell

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