Scholarship details

Study levels

Postgraduate and Research

Student type

Future students

Study area

Building and planning, Creative practice, communication and design and Education

What you'll receive

Through the PhD scholarship you will receive a living allowance for three years, indexed annually ($28,854 in 2022). The scholarship is for full-time students and can be used to support living costs.

You should be able to commit to a full-time study load of 40 hours per week and attendance on-campus at QUT Kelvin Grove.

The conditions for retaining the scholarship are set out in the rules of the QUT Postgraduate Research Award (Domestic)


To be eligible for the scholarship you need to:

  • be residing in Australia at the time of submitting your application and for the commencement and duration of the project
  • meet QUT academic and English language entry requirements for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy (IF49)
  • have a first-class honours (H1) or Masters (by research / MPhil) or equivalent degree in education, design, or a related discipline
  • have industry expertise in education and/or design that is pertinent to the project focus
  • be willing to work within the established project design and within the direction and guidance of the project leaders and PhD supervision team
  • be able to commence February 2022.

How to apply

You apply for a scholarship within your application for admission to a research degree.

Application for course admission

Visit the How to apply for a research degree page for instructions on submitting an application and a link to the online application form.

Please indicate your interest in this scholarship by nominating Dr Nick Kelly as principal supervisor and include the name of this scholarship project in the financial details section of the application form.

Application for scholarship

Included in your application for admission you will need to provide the following which will be used to assess your application for the scholarship:

  • a CV which highlights relevant research experience
  • full academic transcripts.

Applicants may be contacted for an interview.

The successful applicant will be supported by Dr Nick Kelly to develop a proposal document in line with the ARC Linkage project requirements to finalise the application process.

About the scholarship

This is a research scholarship for a qualified graduate interested in student agency in urban vertical schools. The PhD will focus in particular on the educational decisions that have been made in newly built urban vertical schools regarding physical, social, and digital spaces, to find out how these decisions have influenced the opportunities for student agency.

About the research project

QUT has recently been awarded federal government funding through an ARC Linkage Project to research the impact of physical, digital, and social spaces of urban vertical schools on student wellbeing and capability and produce an evidence-base to inform future educational and built environment decision making. Included as part of this project is scholarship funding for two PhD projects.

The PhD project described here will focus on the impacts of urban vertical schools upon student agency. It conceives of the school environment as a physical and virtual space. This environment can contribute to student agency by being meaningful, comprehensible, and manageable (following Franz, 2019). Educational decision-making (by school leaders, teachers, and administrators) influences this environment and its social dimension.

This project will make pragmatic use of a range of methods including:

  • interviews
  • a digital forum
  • reflective notes (from students and educators) to address key questions relating to the connection between student agency and educational decision making.

Data will be used to develop education and design principles that might inform decision making within urban vertical schools.

You will work collaboratively as part of an interdisciplinary team involving:

  • another PhD student
  • chief investigator researchers
  • architects
  • designers
  • builders
  • educators
  • school students.

The principal supervisor for this PhD scholarship project will be Dr Nick Kelly, School of Design, Faculty of Creative Industries, Education, and Social Justice, QUT.

For further information please contact Dr Nick Kelly

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