01 March 2014

Curtin International Construction Productivity Masters by Research Scholarship

About this scholarship

Description/Applicant information
The Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre (SBEnrc), headquartered at Curtin University, is the successor to the CRC for Construction Innovation and is Australia’s national centre for construction research. The Centre has earned a national and international reputation for delivering leading research outcomes through collaborative projects and active dissemination involving industry and government, employers and employees across the building and infrastructure sectors.

The Australian research supervisor for the two Masters by Research/ Master of Philosophy students is likely to be Keith Hampson. Keith serves as the Centre’s Chief Executive Officer and is Professor of Construction Innovation at Curtin University. He has a 15 year history of leading research teams in improving productivity and sustainability in the built environment and currently leads an international task group focussing on R&D Investment and Impact.
Student type
  • Future Students
  • Humanities
  • Science & Engineering
  • Curtin Business School
  • Health Sciences
  • Centre for Aboriginal Studies
Course type
  • Postgraduate Research
  • Australian Citizen
  • International students
Scholarship base
  • Merit Based
Maximum number awarded
The successful candidates will receive a stipend of $25,392 (2014 rate) which will be indexed annually for a duration of 2 years.  This scholarship is tax exempted.  For the successful International student, Curtin University will waiver the tuition fees for 2 years.
In addition to the stipend, recipients are also allocated a travel allowance towards their research activity.
Eligible courses
The theme of the research is measuring the performance of delivering and managing constructed facilities - building and infrastructure.  In particular, the research will examine productivity and economic benefits of digital modelling (BIM/ VDC) and integrated project delivery in the delivery process.  In this industry-based research, the team will develop performance measures for the digital transfer of information throughout the project life cycle, including asset management.
Experience and/or interest in the link between productivity and economics growth in the construction industry, especially as it relates to productivity gains through improved digital interoperability and documentation quality would be a distinct advantage.
It is envisaged that one Australian and one Scandinavian student will be selected for these two prestigious scholarships.  One element of the research may involve a comparative analysis of practices on Australian and Scandinavian building or infrastructure projects.  Accordingly, applicants with an interest in travelling to Scandinavia/Australia coupled with appropriate language skills are particularly encouraged to apply.
It is likely that the successful applicants would have an academic and /or industry background in engineering, built environment or business; though applicants from other disciplines should not be discouraged from applying if they are enthusiatic about this research theme.
Eligibility criteria
  • Have completed four years of higher education studies at a high level of achievement;
  • Hold or expect to obtain, First Class Honours or equivalent results;
  • Be enrolled in or accepted to enrol in a Higher Degree by Research as a full time student at Curtin University.
* shortlisted student will be contacted to submit an online admission application.
** Student may convert from Masters to Doctoral study subject to availability of funding.
Enrolment requirements
Please select base content
Changes to enrolment
Please select base content

How to apply

Application process
For information and how to apply for admissions, please visit: http://www.curtin.edu.au/research/futurestudents/admission.cfm
Please include the following in your preliminary application:
  • CV
  • Transcripts
  • Written Statement outlining how your proposed research will compliment Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre's (SBEnrc) research goals as specified above.
Please submit preliminary application to:
Ms Dell Gill
Administrative Assistant
Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre (SBEnrc)
Building 209, Humanities Building
Curtin University
Perth WA 6102
Email: d.gill@sbenrc.com.au
Tel: +61 (0)8 9266 2126+61 (0)8 9266 2126

Need more information?

For further information please contact:
Ms Dell Gill
Administrative Assistant
Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre (SBEnrc)
Building 209, Humanities Building
Curtin University
Perth WA 6102
Email: d.gill@sbenrc.com.au
Tel: +61 (0)8 9266 2126+61 (0)8 9266 2126
Further information
Application closes on 14/03/2014 Late applicatons will not be accepted.