Ph D Scholarship: A Multicultural Urbanism

at Griffith University

About Griffith University

At Griffith University we believe in, strive for and celebrate the remarkable. We are known for our high impact research, outstanding student experience, our commitment to social justice and our welcoming environment. We rank in the top 2% of universities worldwide and we're proud of our remarkable achievements, of our people and their passion for making a positive difference. Together we contribute to the development of knowledge and learning in an attractive environment which values excellence, equity, diversity, and innovation.

About the Hopkins Centre

The time is right for the Hopkins Centre with the World Health Organisation demanding urgent action to lift rehabilitation services globally to not only improve patient's lives, but to save money. This international call to action is focused on scaling up rehabilitation to achieve value for money. Our governments are also focussed on scalability and efficiency prioritising the need for the quantification of ideas, access to linked and interdependent data and evidence to ensure robust decision are made. The National Injury Insurance Scheme Queensland (NIISQ) and National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) are also key drivers of Hopkins strategic research agenda in Queensland. The Hopkins Centre is leading a number of substantive longitudinal studies that will help address long term and complex challenges posed by these substantive reforms. As a one-stop-shop for rehabilitation and disability research in Queensland, The Hopkins Centre is delivering timely new knowledge and effective ways of working with practitioners and consumers in service setting. Our research is focused on real outcomes for all people, their families and our community to ensure something about a disability doesn't mean you miss out on life's essentials. We are also firmly committed to large scale, partnership opportunities that will transform lives through personalised technologies, rehabilitative natural and built environments and big data solutions.

The opportunity

Urban environments are at risk of becoming homogenous, distracting and disengaging at a time where there is increasing reliance upon our cities to be more inclusive and comforting, particularly for culturally diverse populations. This Project has the unique potential to provide in depth insight into the experience of 'belonging' in the built environmental for recent immigrants to Australia. The topic will extend current theories of environmental design and investigate spiritual and symbolic representation of place. Incorporating built and natural forms, this project will identify the design requirements and processes for culturally sensitive design. More detailed knowledge relating to how culturally diverse people can maximise positive engagement with urban settings will potentially increase supportive capacity of our communities, and reduce 'urban anxiety'. The project will promote multicultural visibility in urban public areas and respond to experience of 'homeland' and establish a new sense of belonging. This Project expects to provide new opportunities within design and supporting fields to work toward culturally informed urban spaces.

About you

This scholarship will suit individuals with an interest in the topic area and individuals with strong academic qualifications in: health sciences; social science; health services research, health policy. The successful candidate will be selected on the basis of the strength of academic performance and compatibility of research expertise and proposed topic with the topic area.

  • This scholarship is open to domestic and international applicants
  • Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete, a bachelors degree with honours equivalent to first class honours and be intending to enrol full-time in an approved doctoral program
  • New candidates may apply

About the scholarship

The scholarship has an annual stipend of $27,596 (indexed) for a period of three years full-time study. Please see the GUPRS Conditions of Award for more information. A successful International applicant will also be awarded a Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to cover tuition fees for up to three years. Please see the GUIPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

What we offer

As a scholarship holder, you will study with a University that ranks among the top 3% 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 HDR 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).

Further information

For project related enquiries please contact: Professor Heidi Zeeman Email: For administration enquiries please contact: Griffith Graduate Research School Phone: (07) 3735 3817 Email:

How to submit an EOI

Please do not select the "APPLY" button. All applications must be submitted as set out below: Interested applicants should submit and expression of interest (EOI) to Professor Heidi Zeeman containing:

  • Statement addressing your suitability for the project/scholarship
  • A brief CV
  • Research proposal
  • Two references

If your expression of interest is successful, you will be invited to submit a full application.

Closing date: EOIs should be submitted by 11.59pm (AEST) on Friday, 1 March 2019.

Bundall Queensland Australia

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