PhD scholarships in the Centre for Urban Research

The Centre for Urban Research (CUR) at RMIT University seeks highly capable scholars to undertake PhD studies on urban issues.

Urbanisation is one of the greatest global problems of the 21st century.

Urbanisation is one of the greatest global problems of the 21st century. With millions of new residents thronging to cities around the world, the way that we understand and respond to urbanisation and its consequences will shape the future of humanity.

The CUR is one of Australia’s leading centres for multi-disciplinary research on urban questions. Collectively CUR staff produce new critical and applied knowledge for scholarly, policy, and civic communities that seeks to understand urban life and improve how we manage cities and provide for inclusive and sustainable urbanisation. We do this with enthusiasm and commitment to a better global urban future.

Our group of more than 45 researchers includes many experts in their international fields. This expertise is focused and coordinated via seven Research Programs: Planning and Transport in City Regions; Urban Cultures and Technologies; Housing and Urban Economies; Critical Urban Governance; Climate Change Adaptation; Beyond Behaviour Change; and Interdisciplinary Conservation Science. We are able to accommodate a wide array of research topics.

The CUR’s location in central Melbourne places us at the heart of one of the world’s most liveable and most student-friendly cities. Melbourne is one of Australia’s fastest growing cities and sits within the rapidly urbanising Asia-Pacific region, offering ample potential for urban research.

Scholarship packages are available via RMIT’s annual application round. These are awarded on a competitive basis and include an annual living allowance of AUD $28,849 (2015 rate, indexed annually). In addition a limited number of fee scholarships are available for international applicants.

Successful applicants should have a minimum of first class honours in a relevant discipline (including a research component equating to one full time semester of study), or equivalent research experience. A record of research publication in reputable peer-reviewed venues is highly desirable.

Successful applicants will also have the opportunity to access RMIT funding to assist them in undertaking their research activities.

To apply we recommend you first view the CUR website and make contact with potential supervisors. For more information about CUR, email Centre Director Professor Jago Dodson at

For enrolment and scholarship enquiries, email Associate Professor Karien Dekker at, PhD Program Manager in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT.

Applications for enrolment and for scholarships should be submitted online to RMIT University’s School of Graduate Research by 30 October 2015.

Originally published on RMIT News. <link to:>