PhD scholarship in interdisciplinary place studies

A PhD scholarship in interdisciplinary place studies is available for candidates to research arts precincts and cultural production in the context of an increasingly networked and street-based public culture.

Value and duration

The scholarship is for Domestic applicants only, and will provide a stipend of $30,900 per year. This scholarship is for three years commencing in early 2018.

Number of scholarships available



To be eligible for this scholarship you must have:

  • a first class honours degree or Masters degree in a relevant discipline; however, equivalent experience may qualify an applicant whose cross-disciplinary skills fully meet the expectations of the position.
  • research skills in: archive organisation, design and presentation, professional and community communication skills.
  • demonstrable familiarity with and/or practical experience of public space design processes.
  • well-developed writing skills.
  • demonstrated ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team.
  • capacity to meet RMIT University’s entry requirements for higher degrees by research, including an interview.

How to apply

Please contact Professor Paul Carter.

Selected individuals shall be invited to meet with the School of Architecture and Urban Design to participate in the schools pre-application process.

Open date

Applications are now open.

Close date

Applications will close when a candidate is selected.

Terms and conditions

Read the Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions (PDF 327KB).

Further information

The PhD research is aligned with an Australian Research Council funded research project exploring art precincts and cultural participation in networked public space, and will comprise two parts.

Firstly, the researcher will draw upon Chief Investigator Professor Paul Carter’s public space design archive for three case studies featured in the study. Initial design settings developed in these case studies are hypothesised to provide a benchmark for the assessment of post-delivery cultural programming and performance. The successful applicant will be guided to conduct archive research to test this hypothesis; s/he will participate in the documentation of post-delivery response to initial design settings.  A mixed methods approach is used with many opportunities for interview-based fieldwork and social platform engagement and analysis.

Working within this rich interdisciplinary research ecology, under the guidance of the Chief Investigator, the successful candidate will develop their own design research project.

A background in one or more of the following fields is likely to be advantageous: design theory and practice in architecture, building, media and communication: history & philosophy, psychology, sociology, urban cultures, planning.

The PhD candidate will be enrolled within RMIT’s School of Architecture and Urban Design. The School conducts PhDs through a creative practice model supported by presenting twice yearly at Practice Research Symposiums that involve the constant critique and integration of criticism into ongoing design projects, where the reflection and evaluation of design is the key component of developing new knowledge.


Professor Paul Carter