Curtin University PhD Scholarship in Science and Engineering Education, Australia

Publish Date: Mar 09, 2016

Curtin University PhD Scholarship in Science and Engineering Education

A PhD scholarship (covering both academic fees and living stipend), funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery grant, is available to conduct research in a project that investigates the nature of learning in Science and Engineering laboratory activities. The final practical objective of the project is an assessment of the level to which student learning in a physical laboratory setting can be replicated in remote/online laboratories. In this regard, the project is strongly aligned with the contemporary and future delivery of degree programs in Science and Engineering in the rapidly developing era of online, remote-access, education. 

Upon PhD graduation, the scholar would be ideally placed to commence a career in the field of Science and Engineering Education having been supervised by, and received training from, a project team that comprises a mix of internationally leading researchers and nationally leading educators.

The research methods to be deployed in the project potentially include laboratory observations, surveys, data gathering, analysis and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative data, synthesis of findings to arrive at evidenced understanding, and design of potential online educational delivery mechanisms.


The successful candidate will receive a stipend of $26,300 (2016) per annum which will be indexed for the duration of the award.  This scholarship shall be for three years. If the successful candidate is an international student, the scholarship shall cover the tuition fees for the duration of the award. 

Eligibility criteria

Candidates for this PhD scholarship are expected to:

  • Hold a laboratory-based undergraduate degree in a technical field (e.g. Chemistry, Physics, Engineering) at a high level (honours) of academic achievement;
  • Have an interest in education and/or training as demonstrated by extra-curricular activities;
  • Demonstrate an aptitude for research through their analytical skills and creative thinking;
  • Be able to work in a team setting and take responsibility for their individual tasks;
  • Be experienced in the use of digital technology and software packages;
  • Possess excellent spoken and written communications skills that may be evidenced, for example, through their undergraduate thesis/project work and presentations given; and
  • Practise well-developed time- and self-management skills with strong personal discipline and drive in their work.

Application process

Please send your initial expression of interest to: Associate Professor Mauro Mocerino, E-mail: ; Tel. +61-8-9266-3125.  

Please include the following :

  •  CV
  • Transcript
  • Statement addressing the eligibility criteria


Associate Professor Mauro Mocerino, E-mail: ; Tel. +61-8-9266-3125

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