Applications for this PhD have now closed.
Location Monash University, Office of the Vice Provost Learning and teaching
App. deadline 01/05/2018
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Project ID 577073
Eligibility Australian residents only

Expression of Interest - PhD Scholarships - RISE Project

8 Scholarships Available – Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) Program

  • 3-year scholarship
  • Stipend: $27,353

What is the Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) Program?

RISE is an action-research program exploring how to make water and sanitation more sustainable and inclusive by trialling the water sensitive cities approach in 24 urban informal settlements in Makassar, Indonesia and Suva, Fiji.

Working alongside communities, governments, local leaders and partner institutions, the program aims to show that nature-based solutions – such as constructed wetlands – can deliver low impact, cost-effective health and environmental improvements.

Underpinned by the emerging discipline of ‘planetary health’, RISE success will be measured by the health and wellbeing of residents – particularly children under five years of age – and the ecological diversity of the surrounding environment.

Led by the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, RISE brings together global expertise from five Monash University faculties (Art, Design and Architecture, Business and Economics, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Science), Monash University Malaysia, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, Stanford University, Emory University, The University of Melbourne, University of Cambridge, Fiji National University, Hasanuddin University, The University of the South Pacific, Live & Learn Fiji, United Nations University, Melbourne Water, South East Water, Oxfam, WaterAid, and Wellcome Sanger Institute.

More information can be found here:

The Opportunity

Eight (8) competitive scholarships are available to undertake full-time PhD research at Monash University.

The PhDs are designed to interlink with the RISE program. The PhD researchers will work side-by-side the internationally-acclaimed RISE senior researchers as well as the in-country partners and RISE teams in Fiji and Indonesia to pursue their research.

The broad areas of PhD research have been established however there is ample scope for each PhD researcher to refine these and develop their own research profile and expertise. This will be encouraged along with cross-faculty and discipline cooperation in line with the interdisciplinary nature of RISE. 

The focus areas for these PhDs are as follows:

Policy/Governance of Water Sensitive Cities (2x PhDs)

These PhD studies will focus on the policy and governance aspects of scaling-up the water-sensitive cities approach in informal settlements in developing countries. The PhDs are most closely aligned with Objective 5 of RISE.

Interdisciplinarity (2x PhDs)

These PhD studies will examine interdisciplinary RISE research and practice across the HASS (Humanities, Arts and Social Science) and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine/Mathematics) interface.

Community wellbeing (1x PhD)

This PhD study will likely be qualitative and explore community wellbeing in the target RISE settlements, drawing from the disciplines of anthropology and sociology. The study will align with most closely with Objective 4 of RISE.

Gender and social inclusion (1x PhD)

This PhD study will explore issues of gender, social inclusion, politics and power relations, and human rights in the context of the RISE settlements. The study will link all RISE Objectives and explore the interlinkages between the built environment and empowerment and social inclusion.

Environment and health interface (2x PhDs)

Under the umbrella of ‘planetary health’, these PhDs will explore the interface between the environment and human health with a focus on urban informal settlements and the health of children under five.

Eligibility: Applications are sought from students with an H1 (first class or equivalent) degree in a range of relevant disciplinary areas such as, but not limited to architecture, urban planning, engineering, environmental sciences, sociology, anthropology, geography, climate change, community development.

Applicants must meet Monash University's minimum English language proficiency requirements for entry into a higher degree by research program

These PhD Monash scholarships are secured to the funding level for Australian citizens or permanent residents only (funded at the rate of the Australian Postgraduate award). For international applicants, top-up funding through the RISE program may be possible (for the difference between domestic and international fees). International applicants are also encouraged to seek additional funding sources.

Details of eligibility requirements to undertake the PhD are available at

Selection Criteria: Candidates will be selected in regard to their potential for research excellence and relevance of past experience and training.


A two-step application process:

  1. Submit an expression of interest (EOI) online:

    Please ensure your EOI includes:
  • A cover letter that identifies your preferred focus area and explains your interest and suitability for the project;
  • A detailed curriculum vitae including academic transcript(s) and a list of any published works (if applicable);
  • Names and contact details of two academic referees
  • Explanation if you would be an Australian or international student, and if the latter any funding you have or are attempting to secure.

Closing date for EOI: Tuesday 1 May 2018, 11.55 pm AEST

All applicants will be notified of the decision by 15 May 2018.

    2. Selected candidates will then apply through the              online Monash graduate application portal.

Starting date: Expected from 1 July 2018.

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