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Location Monash University, Faculty of Art & Design
App. deadline 15/07/2018
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Open to international applicants

Monash PhD in Architecture: Monash Urban Laboratory

Monash PhD in Architecture: Monash Urban Laboratory

Job no.: 578387                  

Faculty / Portfolio: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture

Location: Caulfield campus, Monash University

Lead Supervisor: Prof. Nigel Bertram, Department of Architecture

Second supervisor: Dr Tom Morgan, Department of Architecture

Research Lab: Monash Urban Laboratory (

Remuneration: The successful applicant will receive a MADA Research LivingAllowance 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

Monash Urban Laboratory 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.

Monash Urban Laboratory brings together a large collective of researchers and practitioners to engage in integrated, interdisciplinary and transformational research on urban architecture, urban design and urban planning in Melbourne and beyond.

We seek applications from international candidates with a background in architecture, landscape architecture or urban environment studies. The successful PhD applicant will work under the supervision of Professor Nigel Bertram and Dr Tom Morgan as part of a larger collaborative project: Atlas of the Underground: the deep urban history of Melbourne. This project proposes to use the tangible urban environment of Melbourne as a case study to understand how diverse and currently separated fields of research (such as historic geography, scientific and industry based information relating to fields such as geology and hydrology, human and indigenous geography), come together to affect the way cities develop and change.

The research will include:

  • detailed study of selected existing physical environments within the greater Melbourne region and the way they have transitioned over time. This will include on-site fieldwork, and review of archival material from a wide range of sources

  • detailed documentation and analysis of local and recurring urban natural and constructed environment typologies at different scales, and exploration of their opportunities and constraints

  • production of detailed, graphically clear and accessible maps and three-dimensional drawings to form the Atlas itself

Research will be undertaken both individually and as part of a collaborative research team working on related topics

Candidate Requirements

This scholarship opportunity is open to international candidates only.

The successful applicant will have an excellent academic and practice track record with a background in architectural, landscape and/or urban studies. Skills or experience in GIS modelling and data integration from fields such as hydrology or geology would be highly desirable. Experience or interest in international, comparative work is ideal.

Applicants will be considered provided that they meet Monash entry requirements for PhD admission, which include English-language skills. Scholarship holders must be enrolled full-time and on campus. Details of eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD in MADA are available at,-design-and-architecture-1322

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


Enquiries concerning this opportunity should be directed to Professor Nigel Bertram, Department of Architecture Monash University, +61 3 9903 4215 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 of relevant drawings, descriptive and analytical

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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Further Information / Application Enquiries

Prof Nigel Bertram
+61 3 9903 4215