The University of New South Wales is presently taking applications for the ARC PhD Scholarship award in Design in Australia for the 2021/2022 school year.

The ARC PhD Scholarship award is available for exceptional students supervised by Scientia Professor and ARC Laureate Fellow Dennis Del Favero (UNSW, School of Art & Design) and Professor Maurice Pagnucco (UNSW, School of Computer Science & Engineering). It begins in 2021 and is a practice-based design research PhD, which will focus on a range of areas including interaction and visual design.

In addition, the project taken on by the successful PhD applicant will be closely linked with a national ARC-funded project ‘Transforming rehearsal design utilising a digital aesthetic’. The national project is presently part of leading research in the UNSW iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research. Incidentally, it aims to practically enable creatives to immersively design using a networked visualisation platform at one-to-one scale.

But that is not everything, the project will change how design can be used to enhance interaction design in creative industry settings. This is because it is taken on in partnership with a range of creative industry partners comprising Opera Australia. This scholarship award, therefore, offers industry involvement with the successful applicant fixed within a partner establishment for at least one year of their candidature.

To this end, the applicant will be member of an art, design and technology research team and will add to the hands-on research process working directly with creative industry practitioners.

About the School

The University of New South Wales (branded as UNSW Sydney) is an Australian state-owned research university situated in the Sydney suburbia of Kensington. Founded in 1949, UNSW is a prominent Australian university rated 44th globally in the 2021 QS World University Rankings and 67th globally in the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. In line with the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject, UNSW is rated top 15 globally for Accounting, Finance and Law, and 1st in Australia for Engineering and Technology. UNSW enlists the highest number of Australia’s top 500 high school scholars academically and has more millionaire graduates than any other Australian university.

The university has nine faculties, through which it provides bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degrees. The main campus is situated on a 38-hectare (94-acre) land in the Sydney suburbia of Kensington, 7 km (about 4.3 miles) from the Sydney central business district. The creative arts faculty, UNSW Art & Design, is located in Paddington, UNSW Canberra is located at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra and subcampuses are situated in the Sydney CBD, the suburbia of Randwick and Coogee. Research stations are situated all around the state of New South Wales.

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Worth of ARC PhD Scholarship at UNSW

Successful candidates will receive $33,281 annual living allowance for up to 3 years, beginning in 2021.

Eligibility for ARC PhD Scholarship at UNSW

In order to be eligible for the ARC PhD Scholarship, it is important to

  • Meet the UNSW PhD entry requirements.
  • Have a four-year Bachelor’s degree with Honours Class I from an Australian institution or equivalent research qualification experience. This qualification is required to be in a field applicable to the intended area of research.
  • Be able to enrol as a full-time PhD student.
  • Have a portfolio of design work that demonstrates knowledge of methods used in experience design such as interaction, graphic and interface design.
  • Possess practical knowledge of graphic design software (e.g. Adobe creative suite).


Additionally, candidates who have the following largely increase their chances of qualification:

  • Have experience in designing interfaces for AR, VR and mixed reality.
  • Know and understand creative industry practices.
  • Possess an interest in and mindfulness of digital interaction.

How to Apply for ARC PhD Scholarship at UNSW

  • To apply for the ARC PhD Scholarship or for more information about the project, eligibility or selection criteria, email Professor Dennis Del Favero ([email protected]).
  • Please include your CV, academic transcripts, and a broad description of research interests (maximum 500 words).

Deadline: The application is ongoing.

Visit here for more details and to apply