PhD scholarship: Department of Design

Monash University
December 09, 2022
Offerd Salary:$52,500
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PhD scholarship: Department of Design

Job no.: 644252

Location : Caulfield campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 3.5-year fixed-term appointment

Principal Supervisor and Associate Supervisor : to be nominated in the expression of interest form. Candidates are advised to contact prospective supervisors prior to making an EOI


The prestigious Brian M Davis Industrial Design PhD Scholarship will provide an annual stipend for the approved period of candidature, plus a materials allowance.

In 2023, the scholarship will provide a stipend of $52,500 and the annual value of the stipend will increase each year afterward in line with CPI.

Additionally, the successful candidate will receive a materials allowance of $5,000 p.a. for the first three years of their PhD candidature, with a total value of $15,000.

The Opportunity

Applications are invited from appropriately qualified individuals for the Brian M Davis Industrial Design PhD Scholarship generously supported by the Brian M Davis Charitable Foundation in the Department of Design, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Brian M Davis was arguably the founder of modern Australian industrial design.

The Brian M Davis Industrial Design PhD Scholarship honours Brian's design legacy in order to ensure that his enormous contribution remains present in the minds of today's design experts, young designers, and those in the broader community.

This prestigious PhD scholarship program will support PhD candidates within the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture to enable them to realise their potential through design, see that design at Monash is a place for them and create future role models and pathways for the designers of the future.

The scholarship program's ambition is to create a cohort of design professionals with the knowledge and skills required to respond to the important challenges of our time through design.

The Project

Research proposals are sought that aim to develop new designs which provide a social or environmental benefit. These may include but are not limited to, zero emission mobility, healthcare and medical technology, and gender sensitive spatial and communication design research.

The project will be based in the Department of Design.

Candidate Requirements

This scholarship opportunity is open to domestic applicants.

The successful applicant will

  • Be a design graduate or professional prepared to undertake a full-time PhD, which may include a period of international research
  • Will either be a design professional with significant experience in the field and a track record of excellence and innovation or a design graduate with outstanding academic credentials
  • May be "embedded" in a practice environment
  • Will not be already in possession of any other Monash scholarship or sponsorship
  • Applicants must fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University. Details of eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD in MADA are available at www.,-design-and- architecture-1322.

    Candidates will be required to meet Monash entry requirements, which include English-language skills, where applicable. Scholarship holders must be enrolled full-time and on campus.

    Successful applicants will be expected to enrol between February and April 2023.

    Demonstration of research ability through publications in high impact journals is desirable.


    Enquiries concerning this opportunity should be directed to Dr Robbie Napper,

    Submit an Expression of Interest (EoI)

    EOIs shall comprise:

  • The completed HDR Expression of Interest Form
  • Evidence of academic qualifications
  • Evidence of English-language proficiency, where applicable
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works
  • Academic writing sample
  • Research proposal and CV guidelines can be found at:


    EOIs must be sent in the form of a single attachment to an e-mail, to MADA-

    Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, over Skype/Zoom if necessary. The interviews will be conducted in English.

    Closing Date

    Friday 9 December 2022, 11:55 pm AEST


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