Design Innovation and Digital Fabrication International Scholarship in Australia

  • Phd
  • $28,092 p/a + tuition fees
  • 30 October 2020

Industry 4.0 presents opportunities to create efficiencies and flexibility in how things are made, transform the future of work, increase mass-customisation capabilities and decentralise procedures (Lasi et al., 2014). Alongside the promises of Industry 4.0, we are faced with a climate emergency where the planet’s health is declining in unprecedented ways.

What are the roles of design innovation, digital fabrication and advanced technologies in creating sustainable manufacturing and construction processes and solutions? As climate change continues to impact the world we live in, the ARM Hub is offering an industry based PhD scholarship that will explore how design innovation and digital fabrication inform the development and implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies into local manufacturing SMEs.

This PhD project will explore how the adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies (i.e. robotic and digital fabrication processes, novel sustainable materials) are informing sustainable practices in the manufacturing industry. The PhD project will be carried out in an applied industry setting with a strong focus on user-centred design.

The scholarship is situated with the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Hub a world-leading applied research facility dedicated to the adoption of future manufacturing capabilities such as robotics by small and medium enterprises.

  • Applicants are sought for this scholarship that have an interest in:
  • Strong skills in design, innovation, and sustainability
  • Carrying out qualitative user-centred design research
  • Prototyping robotic & digital fabrication processes
  • A strong understanding of design and digital fabrication processes.
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The Queensland University of Technology is a public research university located in the urban coastal city of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

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To apply for this scholarship, you must meet the entry requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at QUT, including any English language requirements for international students.

You must also:

  • have recently completed a first-class Honours degree, a research Masters degree, or a coursework Masters degree with a significant research component from a recognised institution and in a cognate discipline
  • be able to take up the scholarship and begin full-time study preferably by February 2021, but before the 1st July 2021
  • have a strong interest in undertaking a three-year research project on design innovation and digital fabrication in sustainable manufacturing
  • develop a research proposal that responds to and aligns with the scholarship topic, that demonstrates your knowledge and understanding of the topic area, and that clearly articulates the contribution your research will make
  • demonstrate excellent capacity and potential for research.

Ideally you will also have (not necessary but preferred):

  • demonstrated knowledge in Architecture or a Design discipline, digital fabrication, and qualitative user-centred design research.


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Demonstrate your English skills with IELTS.


The successful application will receive scholarship, tax exempt and indexed annually $28,092 per annum for a period of three years as a living stipend.

Paid leave is provided equivalent to QUTPRA scholarships. The scholarship does provide a student travel allowance but does not cover relocation expenses or paid extensions.

International students will also receive either:

  • an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset (International)
  • a QUT research degree (HDR) tuition fee scholarship.


This scholarship will utilise a two part application process:

Part One

Interested applicants must submit an EOI for consideration prior to applying for this scholarship, as per QUT's how to apply website.

The EOI must include:

  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV), including recent IELTS or equivalent score for international applicants
  • a two-page research proposal addressing the scholarship topic
  • a writing sample (e.g. copy of an article/essay/thesis you have completed).

The EOI should indicate that you are applying for this scholarship, and must have Dr Glenda Caldwell or Dr Muge Belek Fiahlo Teixeira nominated as your potential supervisor The EOI must be submitted online no later than Sunday, 20 September 2020.

Part Two

On review of the EOI selected applicants will then be invited to submit a full application in the QUT Annual Scholarship Round that closes on 30 October 2020.

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