Boeing - UQ Research Alliance PhD Scholarships


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Business and Economics, Engineering and Computing, Law, Science and Mathematics
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship, Top-up Scholarship, Tuition Scholarship
Scholarship value Base stipend of $28,854 per annum tax free (2022 rate) indexed annually; top-up of $14,151; and full tuition fees.
Scholarship duration The living scholarship is for 3.5 years with the possibility of 1 extension in line with UQ and RTP Scholarship Policy, the Boeing top up is for 3.5 years, but may be extended at Boeing's discretion.
Opening date 2 September 2021
Closing date 5 January 2022


Innovative Boeing Defence aerospace project seeks PhD candidates interested in Software / AI / Robotics

This is an opportunity to be part of an innovative PhD training programme at a leading research institution, working collaboratively with UQ and Boeing supervisors on research with commercial impact.

The generous scholarship scheme pairs students with an Advisory team that includes UQ and Boeing Supervisors, as well as a generous scholarship package. 

Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems. Join us, and you can build something better for yourself, for our customers and for the world.

Join the team working to advance Boeing Australia’s partnership with the Queensland Government to create an advanced manufacturing and new aerospace capability in Queensland. Announced in October 2020, the partnership could culminate in Queensland becoming the primary final assembly facility for the Boeing Airpower Teaming System. Imagine, your PhD work contributing towards a range of defence aerospace manufacturing programs, including one of most exciting aircraft projects in recent Australian aerospace history – the first military combat aircraft in 50 years to be designed, built and manufactured in Australia.

There are three fully funded PhD Scholarships available for outstanding candidates to work on a project at The University of Queensland (UQ) in collaboration with Boeing Defence Australia.  This PhD project aims to look at design for AI and Human/cobotics task allocation. 

Working title: Design for AI and Human/cobotics task allocation

Project description

These industry partnership projects aim to extend manufacturing systems and modelling to include real-time evaluations, via computer vision, machine learning and wearable devices, with co-botics and novel automation systems to make a step change in workplace safety, quality, performance and health measurement, design, and operations.

Specifically, these projects envision networked-enabled people-robot-material-centric frameworks, in which machine, material, and human dexterity and kinematics, injury risk, and job sequencing between workers and machines are considered holistically and in a combined digital twin. 

To achieve this vision, an interdisciplinary approach will be required combining research threads in: 

Artificial Intelligence; machine learning, software engineering, and human-material-machine system engineering. The successful candidates will work in an industry/academic team and individually to architect, develop and physically prototype a holistic system for industry use.  

Advisory Team

Members of your advisory team may include

Chelsea Dobbins UQ; Mehmet Kizil UQ; Dr Phillip Crothers Boeing

About you  

These projects would suit someone interested in academic research in the areas of Artificial intelligence, Computer Sciences, Digital twins, Virtual world modelling, Synthetic data creation software and system engineering, Mechatronics, Model-based systems engineering, Robotics, or other relevant fields. If you have also worked in industry, you will be highly competitive to take on this challenge.



  • be nominated by the Advisory team and enrolling school or institute at UQ
  • be assessed by the Graduate School as meeting all conditions for admission to the higher degree by research program and be competitive for scholarship.
  • obtain security clearance from Boeing as part of the application process

Indigenous applicants are encouraged to apply and may be eligible 

We are committed to equity and diversity. Female applicants and people of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island descent are encouraged to apply. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Scholarship base living stipend rate.

Before you get started

If this scholarship has rules, download and read them.

How to apply

Apply for this scholarship when you apply for a higher degree by research program at UQ. Ideally we are looking for students to start in Research Quarter 1 (January) 2022 (but you will have to apply for Research Quarter 2 as the system is closed for most RQ1 applications at this time)

Before submitting an application you should:

When you apply, make sure that you:

  1. Tick 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  2. Enter 'Boeing' in the 'Name of scholarship' field.
  3. Enter 'UQ Graduate School' as the 'Sponsor / organisation'.

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Learn more about applying for a higher degree by research at UQ

Selection criteria

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant’s previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.


Graduate School

Terms and conditions

Read the UQ Research Scholarships terms and conditions. If selected, you will also be required to sign an intellectual property and confidentiality deed poll.

The information you provide in your application is collected for the purposes of (1) assessing your eligibility for this scholarship, (2) selecting scholarship recipients, and (3) administration of the scholarship.  The University of Queensland will disclose the information you provide to Boeing for the stated purposes.  The University will not otherwise disclose the information to a third party without your consent, unless such disclosure is authorised or required by law.  For further information, please refer to the University’s Privacy Management Policy at