PhD Scholarship in the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub

This scholarship is being offered by the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub, a social science research centre into the economics, political economy, law, public policy, and sociology of blockchain technologies.

The RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub PhD scholarship is being offered for candidates wishing to pursue research on the economic, legal, political, sociological significance, impact, and implications of distributed ledger technologies.

Value and duration

$32,000 plus fee waiver per year over the duration of three years.

Number of scholarships available



To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

How to apply

Email your application including the following to RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub Director, Jason Potts at

  1. A detailed CV;
  2. Certified copies of relevant academic transcripts from your undergraduate studies and postgraduate studies;
  3. Copies of any published or submitted papers;
  4. Proof of English proficiency;
  5. A research proposal outlining synthesis of relevant literature, proposed research design, and analysis techniques;
  6. A separate document addressing the following selection criteria:
    • evidence of research output including publications, conference contributions and/or technical reports
    • ability to work autonomously whilst displaying a strong commitment to work in a team environment, including the demonstrated ability to confidently and effectively work with colleagues, project team leaders, and industry partners
    • demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and effectively manage varying workloads and respond to changing priorities as required
    • demonstrated high level written and verbal communication skills as evidenced in the mandatory research proposal
    • demonstrated conceptual, qualitative, or quantitative skills as evidenced and required by the mandatory research proposal..

Open date

Applications are now open.

Close date

Applications close 8 December 2017.

Terms and conditions

RMIT's standard research scholarship terms and conditions (PDF 327KB 10p) will apply to this scholarship. However note the allowances for this scholarship are specifically $32,000 (plus fee waiver) per year for up to three years and the additional allowances stated in the terms and conditions (PDF 327KB 10p) are not applicable.

Further information

Blockchains are the distributed decentralised ledger technology created to power Bitcoin, as well as a rapidly growing number of applications from cryptocurrencies, to distributed computing, to voting, to energy trading.

This scholarship is being offered for a wide variety of disciplines or interdisciplinary work to study the economics, politics, sociology, public policy, and law of blockchains and the blockchain economy.

We are looking for candidates who can make a material contribution to a small but growing team in a rapidly developing area of scholarship.

Find out more about the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • cryptoeconomics / institutional cryptoeconomics
  • ‘RegTech’, and the regulation and taxation of blockchain assets and technologies
  • identity management and governance
  • ‘smart’ contracts
  • distributed governance for firms and/or states
  • voting and democracy on distributed ledgers
  • digital ethics and privacy as they relate to distributed ledgers
  • blockchain use-cases and challenges for fields such as the law, journalism, creative industries, market design, and the financial sector

Key accountabilities

  1. Conduct a PhD research project that contributes to the overarching research program of the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub.
  2. Collaborate with supervisors and the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub team.
  3. Attend RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub workshops, seminars, HDR conference, professional development, and social events as evidenced in the meeting logs.
  4. Actively pursue journal publications together with the supervisory team as evidenced by drafting and submissions and/or publications.
  5. Disseminate research findings in scholarly and non-scholarly venues.
  6. Successfully pass yearly milestone reviews of the work presented in HDR conferences.


Professor Jason Potts
Tel: +61 3 9925 5873