PhD Scholarship in Design for Cycling


Monash PhD in Design: Mobility Design Lab


The successful applicant will receive a MADA Research Living Allowance and Tuition Fee Remission Scholarship, up to $1500 Relocation Allowance and Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) Single policy. Living Allowance current value: $27,082 p.a. 2018 full-time rate (tax-free stipend); (annually indexed plus allowances as per RTP/MGRO stipend conditions:

The Opportunity

The Mobility Design Lab within the Faculty of Art Design and Architecture (MADA) at Monash University invites applications for a fully funded, 3-year PhD scholarship for commencement in Semester 1, 2019. The scholarship provides a stipend of $27,082 per annum tax exempt for three years along with additional travel support.

Industrial designers, architects and communication designers collaborate within the Mobility Design Lab, focusing upon design interventions at the intersection of passenger and transport infrastructure that can improve a wide variety of physical, environmental and experiential aspects of mobility.

We seek applications from international candidates with a background in design studies (e.g. transport design, industrial design) and an interest in conducting practice based research in the design of systems, infrastructure and spaces associated with urban cycling.

The PhD will work under the supervision of Dr Robbie Napper and Dr Selby Coxon as part of a larger collaborative project, Master Plan for an Urban Cycling Network. A resurgence in cycling through innovations such as bike share and e-bike technology has brought urgency to the need for research that looks at the design elements that create a safe, healthy and effective system. This project uses a design approach to bring together diverse and currently separated disciplines in the investigation of ways to create and integrate coherent urban cycling systems.

Candidate Requirements

This scholarship opportunity is open to international applicants only.

The successful applicant will have an excellent academic and practice track record with a background in design or related discipline, and in interest in aspects of urban cycling such as way-finding systems, bike parks and service models. Skills or experience in industrial and/or transport design would be highly desirable.

Applicants will be considered provided that they fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University. Details of eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD in MADA are available at,-design-and-architecture-1322

Candidates will be required to meet Monash entry requirements, which include English-language skills. Scholarship holders must be enrolled full-time and on campus.

Successful applicants will be expected to enrol by 27 February, 2019.


Enquiries concerning this opportunity should be directed to Dr Robbie Napper, Department of Design Monash University, +61 3 9903 1059 or

Submit an Expression of Interest

EOIs shall comprise:

  • The completed HDR Expression of Interest Form
  • Evidence of academic qualifications
  • Evidence of English-language proficiency
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works
  • Academic writing sample
  • Portfolio

Research proposal and CV guidelines can be found at

EOIs must be sent in the form of a single attachment to an e-mail, to

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, over Skype if necessary. The interviews will be conducted in English.

Closing date for receipt of EOI’s: Sunday, 15 July 2018, 11:55 pm AEST

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