2021 Design Lab Scholarship Round

We are looking for promising PhD candidates to undertake projects starting in 2021 to conduct world-leading research that aligns to our overarching mission of “Change by Design”. Applicants with excellent academic track records or equivalent professional research experience may be eligible for competitive PhD scholarships in QUT’s Annual Scholarship Round to undertake study with us.

We welcome expressions of interest for projects that directly address the Design Lab’s research programs: Designing Future Technologies, Designing for Health, Designing Creative and Resilient Communities.

To commence in 2021, expressions of interest close on 20 September 2020. If your EOI is successful you will be invited to complete Part 2 – Final, which must be submitted, along with all supporting documentation on 30 October 2020. 


Tips, tricks, terminologies and advice on completing your PhD at QUT

How to apply

As a higher degree research student, you will be specialising in your chosen field. Finding the right person to guide you along the way is important.
Design Lab Director, Associate Professor Evonne Miller has created a guide on how to get a rock star supervisor. You can identify prospective supervisors by browsing our team overview.

Prior to contacting your potential supervisor, we encourage you to take the following steps:

  1. Ensure you meet the Entry Requirements
  2. Identify a supervisor. All higher degree research candidates require a supervisor; before you submit your formal application, you need to actively search for potential supervisors in your chosen field.
  3. Contact your prospective supervisor and send them:
    • a cover letter
    • an up to date curriculum vitae (CV), including recent IELTS or equivalent score for international applicants
    • your full academic transcript
    • a two page research proposal addressing research topic. Download this template to assist your application process: QUT Design Lab Research Proposal Template 2021
    • a writing sample (e.g. copy of an article, essay, thesis you have written)
  4. Once you have an agreement with a supervisor commence your applications process:
    • After completing steps 1-3 you are ready to formally submit your application to be considered for admissions.
    • Expressions of interest are due to QUT: 20 September 2020




2021 Start

QUT Design Lab is offering a number of dedicated scholarships, including the following :

Additionally, please consult QUT’s Annual Scholarship Round page and the QUT scholarship finder for general scholarships. Expressions of Interest close 20 September 2020.


QUT Application Guide

You can find out more information on how to apply in the QUT Annual Research Scholarship Round Applicant Guide 2020.



Questions relating to admissions and scholarship applications should be directed to Creative Industries Postgraduate Research Team via ci.hdr@qut.edu.au or by phone: (07) 3138 3799.

Questions relating to Design Lab research opportunities, or for support in finding the right supervisor please contact our Higher Degree Research Training Coordinator: