In an unprecedented initiative to support exceptional research across the numerous leading areas of inquiry at UNSW, the university has created 700 scholarships.
Known as the Scientia PhD Scholarships, successful applicants across the fields of Art, Law, Science, Health, Social Justice, Technology, and Indigenous will be supported to undertake ground-breaking research, solve complex problems, and improve the lives of people in local and global communities.
In addition to a AUD $40K stipend, tuition covered for 4 years, successful applicants will work on high quality research projects with the best supervisory teams. Coaching and mentoring from leading practitioners forms a critical part of every Scientia Scholar’s journey.
Within the Art & Design Faculty at UNSW, four unique scholarship opportunities have been created.
Deadline for applicants to contact supervisors and submit an Expression of Interest is 21 July.
UNSW Art & Design's Scientia Scholarships
Focusing on innovative, creative strategies for engagement with mental health consumers and broader communities, as well as new qualitative approaches to Mental Health and Wellbeing research, this PhD place spans experimental arts and evidence-based mental health research. Proposals will be considered from applicants with arts, interactive media, social media, data visualization, curatorial studies, design, or mental health specialisations.
Applicants must outline an innovative transdisciplinary method of knowledge generation or exchange and engagement. Projects may include practice-based, experimental, and/or theoretical components. Of particular interest are approaches grounded in citizen science, phenomenology, and/or the use of 3D immersive/virtual reality environments.
Jill Bennett (UNSW Art & Design)
Volker Kulchelmeister (UNSW Art & Design)
Katherine Boydell (UNSW Medicine and The Black Dog Institute)
Working within the broad framework of UNSW’s Grand Challenges program and marginalised groups, this research visualises engagement and knowledge interchange by designing innovative student-staff-industry ecosystems.
Visualising local-global and global-local partnerships and projects as reparative / transformative, this project explores critical and relational methodologies to facilitate design innovation and cultural entrepreneurship. Recalibration of historical and contemporary data will develop new formats for recovery of meaning in post-human identity formation.
Local leadership cultures are sought to issue pro-vocational encounters to real and representational futures. Translation of social data sets, through design ideation, will link qualitative input with quantitative technologies of representation to interrogate inter-implication using cultural probes and digital ethical frameworks.
Kim Snepvangers (UNSW Art & Design)
Arianne Rourke (UNSW Art & Design)
Branka Spehar (UNSW Science)
Childhood cancer is responsible for the greatest number of deaths from disease in developed countries. Survivors frequently have life-long health problems. Effective, less toxic, therapies are urgently required. Nanotechnology offers opportunities to develop potent drug delivery vehicles (nanoparticles) targeting cancer cells while sparing normal cells.
This study will identify how design (size and shape) of nanoparticles loaded with chemotherapy influences accumulation and drug release within tumours and normal tissues, using intravital microscopy, cell biology and MRI imaging. Advanced understanding of functional design of nanoparticles in vivo will lead to new design principles for nanoparticle-based drug delivery for cancer therapy.
Maria Kavallaris (UNSW Medicine)
Thomas Davis (UNSW Medicine)
John McGhee (UNSW Art & Design)
Using diagnostic and interactive desktop- and head-mounted mobile eye tracking technologies to record and analyse the situated, embodied experience of visual aesthetics/visitor experience in the art galleries and museums, this project will make a real-world impact, working with leading GLAM industry partners to develop experimental and creative strategies for visitor engagement and evaluation. This interdisciplinary project will enable the successful candidate to work with supervisors combining expertise in the perceptual foundations of aesthetic experience and in the development of innovative curatorial practices. With backgrounds in visual aesthetics and/or the psychology of human perception, applicants should have an understanding of the theory and practice of eye movements in laboratory and/or field studies.
Michael Garbutt (UNSW Art & Design)
Scott East (UNSW Art & Design)
Branka Spehar (UNSW Science)