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SUPRA PhD Scholarship for Centre for Urban Transitions

Due Date
25 May 2018

Swinburne University Postgraduate Research Awards (SUPRA) PhD scholarship

We are driven to find innovative research solutions to real world problems

The scholarship covers tuition fees for up to 4 years and provides and annual (indexed) stipend of $27,082 (2018 rate) for three years, Hawthorn

One (1) PhD scholarship available at Swinburne University’s Centre for Urban Transitions

About Swinburne 
Swinburne University of Technology has a long, proud history of educating and training students for over 100 years. Swinburne focuses on providing high-quality, career-oriented education with strong links to industry and the community. Swinburne currently has over 54,000 students.

Swinburne’s emphasis is on high quality, engaged teaching and research in science, technology, business, design and innovation – teaching and research that makes a difference in the lives of individuals and contributes to national economic and social objectives. 

Swinburne is a progressive university that aims to increase Australia’s capacity in science, technology and innovation as the drivers of modern, internationalised economies and workplaces. Our university is focused on high-impact global research, high-quality teaching and active engagement with both industry and the community.

About the job
One (1) PhD scholarship available at Swinburne University’s Centre for Urban Transitions
Swinburne Centre for Urban Transitions has one (1) PhD scholarship available for people with a passion for understanding urban transitions through in-depth research. 

The Centre for Urban Transitions at Swinburne was established in 2017 to produce high quality and high impact research fousing on household and firm behavior, planning and governance to achieve needed urban transitions, both in Australia and internationally. 

The Centre has a distinct role within the broader field of urban change. Its research themes tackle three of the major urban challenges, which require a holistic assessment of the social, political and behavioral influences and innovations that shape cities. These are:

• Planning and design for de-carbonisation and urban regeneration. 
• Strategies to improve housing affordability and spatial equity.
• Promoting new ways of urban living from a social, health, environmental and economic perspective.

We invite applications from suitably qualified candidates to undertake a PhD in in these or other areas relevant to urban transitions. Successful candidates will be able to develop their own project if it fits with the broader aims and supervisory capacity of the Centre. The scholarship is not part of a funded research project, but students are expected to contribute to the Centre’s publication and impact program and aspirations.

Successful applicants will join a cohort of PhD students already at the Centre and be involved in its vibrant research culture. 

How to apply
Applications will be assessed on the basis of

i) their academic merit;

ii) policy merit; and,

iii) clarity of proposal’s research question(s), data availability and methodological selection and justification.

Existing peer-reviewed publication track-record is an advantage, but not a necessity. See ‘Key Selection Criteria’ for further information.

In order to apply, click on the link and please supply: 


  • A one page expression of interest including reasons for wanting to undertake a PhD with the Centre for Urban Transitions;
  • CV indicating qualifications and experience; 
  • A one page proposal for the PhD including the research question and proposed methodology; and indication of academic literature/debate your research relates to.

The deadline for applications is Friday 25 May at 5 PM AEST.

The scholarship covers tuition fees for up to 4 years and provides and annual (indexed) stipend of $27,082 (2018 rate) for three years.

For more information, please contact the Centre’s Postgraduate Coordinator: Associate Professor Andi Nygaard Tel: +61 3 9214 4569

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact our Diversity Consultant, Dr. Walter Robles, on, or our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Officer, Sherrin Trautmann on

Position number: PHDSCHOL

Applications close at 5pm (AEST), Friday 25 May 2018.

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How to apply:

Start your application by clicking the link.