City of Gold Coast Urban PhD Scholarship

The Cities Research Institute (CRI) and Griffith Sciences are offering one full-time City of Gold Coast Urban PhD Scholarship to support strategic priorities and build on our existing interdisciplinary research collaborations with the City of Gold Coast, industry, local community organisations and other academic institutions. We encourage applications from excellent domestic and international candidates in the fields of architecture, planning and design who are excited about carrying out research-based urban experimentation in the setting of one of Australia’s fastest growing coastal cities, the Gold Coast.

Griffith University's Cities Research Institute is one of Australia’s largest research facilities focused on all aspects of cities and processes of urbanisation. An important strand of our research is carried out in partnership with the City of Gold Coast.  We have identified coastal cities and resilience as one of our strategic research priorities and, as such, are interested in exploring the interface between Sea and Cities.  While this interface includes new vulnerabilities associated with the impacts of anthropogenic climate change, it offers also great prospects for new urban built forms, opportunities for aquatic food production and changing approaches to maritime transport.  We want to address the question of whether it is possible to solve some of today’s burning urban issues by better understanding the problems and opportunities experienced in this interface between Sea and Cities.

We expect the successful candidate to work enthusiastically as part of a growing team of researchers and students, led by Prof Joerg Baumeister, members of the Science Group at Griffith University, post-doctoral research fellows and high-achieving undergraduate students.  This team is committed to:

  • the development and analysis of innovative on- and off-shore developments;
  • research-based architectural and urban design experiments;
  • an ecological perspective which recognises architecture and urban design as parts of an holistic system;
  • the creative and rigorous application of tools like GIS, system dynamics and hydrodynamic modelling etc.; and
  • lateral thinking, systems thinking and innovative thinking.

We welcome applications from candidates with a Bachelor degree with honours first class or equivalent in a built environment and/or design related subject; a Master degree in Architecture or Urban Design or equivalent.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated, able to work well individually and in teams, have excellent communication skills and the capacity to work across disciplinary boundaries.

Taking advantage of the academic environment, the successful candidate will also have the opportunity to be involved in teaching / tutoring and exhibitions, workshops, symposia and innovative publishing.

Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements for and be intending to enrol full-time in an approved doctoral program in the School of Engineering and Built Environment.

As a scholarship holder, you will study with a University that ranks among the top 2% worldwide and spans across five campuses in South East Queensland. At Griffith University, we’ve worked hard to create a culture that will challenge you to be curious, creative and courageous. We also support the professional and personal development of all our research candidates and invest in the skills of our people. Griffith University values diversity, inclusion and flexibility and we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply. Griffith's strategic goals are to also increase the proportion of women in senior academic and administrative roles and in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

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Interested applicants should submit an expression of interest (EOI) to Ms Diane McDonald containing:

  • a cover letter with relevant information: name, contact details, citizenship, earliest possible start date;
  • a CV detailing educational qualifications, professional experience, research experience, publications, and other relevant competencies;
  • a portfolio with drawings and photos of the candidate's previous design projects;
  • a concise description of the research you would like to undertake and how it fits with the ambitions of the wider project (max. 2 pages A4); and
  • the name and contact details of two referees.

This EOI should be sent as ONE pdf document of not more than 10mb.

Expressions of interest (one pdf see above) will be accepted until 31 July 2019 (UTC +10).

We are not able to correspond with applicants until after shortlisting.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified in August and face-to-face or Skype interviews are planned for September.

We expect the enrolment of successful candidates to occur in either October 2019 or February 2020.

For project related enquiries please contact:

Ms Diane McDonald at

For administration enquiries please contact:

Griffith Graduate Research School
Phone: (07) 3735 3817

This scholarship provides a tax-exempt living allowance at the rate of approximately AUD $27,596 per annum (indexed) for three years contingent on satisfactory progress.

The scholarship is available to new PhD candidates enrolling full-time at Griffith University's Gold Coast campus and is paid as a fortnightly stipend.

This scholarship is open to international and domestic applicants.  Domestic candidates are not liable for tuition fees, a tuition fee scholarship will be made available by Griffith Sciences for a successful international candidate.

SeaCities PhD Stipend Scholarship Conditions of Award

SeaCities International Scholarship Conditions of Award

The successful candidate will be based at the Gold Coast Campus.

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