Developing a social licence and acceptance of future fuels - 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
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship, Top-up Scholarship, Tuition Scholarship
Scholarship value Two scholarships are available. Scholarship 1: Living stipend of $30,200 per annum. Scholarship 2: Top-up scholarship of $6,600 per annum.
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances.
Number awarded 2
Opening date 12 September 2019
Closing date 15 January 2020


The Future Fuels Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) have identified that significant opportunity exists to adapt existing gas infrastructure for the production, transport, storage and use of more sustainable “future fuels” such as hydrogen, biogas and liquid derivatives like ammonia and methanol that can meet a significant part of local demand and generate export opportunities. However, this transition is not without social and economic challenges.

Our project “Enhancing acceptance and a social licence to operate of future fuel infrastructure through community engagement and deliberative processes” is a three-year project which aims to undertake a range of qualitative and quantitative research across Australia. It has a range of research objectives focused on developing an understanding of various stakeholder attitudes to future fuels and the different supply chain processes (e.g. affected local communities, trades and associated workers and emergency service workers and the broader public) and monitoring changes in attitudes of those stakeholders engaged in deliberative and longitudinal research processes.

We are seeking two PhD students – with a background in the social sciences with an interest in deliberative processes, community and stakeholder engagement.

Scholarship value

  • Scholarship 1: Living stipend of $30,200 per annum.
  • Scholarship 2: Top-up scholarship of $6,600 per annum. The successful applicant for this scholarship will need to be awarded a base living stipend through the Graduate School's scholarship round. The total of this scholarship, adding the base stipend and the top-up, is $34,692 per annum (2020 rate). The base stipend component is indexed annually.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

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How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow the link on the upper right of this page. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Prior to applying, check your eligibility and prepare your documentation.

You should also contact Professor Peta Ashworth ( to discuss your suitability for this scholarship prior to submitting an application.

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  1. select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'
  2. enter in the free-text field ‘ff-sl'
  3. list the enrolling unit as the School of Chemical Engineering
  4. enter Professor Peta Ashworth as your supervisor

Selection criteria

In addition to the Graduate School requirements applicants should have:

  • An interest in the integration of science and technology in society
  • Experience with community engagement and or deliberative processes
  • The ability to work both individually and as part of a team
  • An interest in the transition to a low carbon energy future
  • Qualitative or quantitative research skills an advantage but not essential

To meet the Graduate School admissions requirements for a PhD, applicants must provide evidence of the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree with at least honours class IIA or equivalent from approved universities, which includes a relevant research component; or
  • A research master’s degree; or
  • A coursework master’s degree and an overall GPA (grade point average) equivalent to 5.65 on the 7-point UQ scale, which includes a relevant research component; or
  • A postgraduate degree of at least one year full-time equivalent with an overall GPA (grade point average) equivalent to 5.0 on the 7-point UQ scale, together with demonstrated research experience equivalent to honours IIA will be considered for PhD entry on a case by case basis; or
  • A bachelor’s degree plus at least two years of documented relevant research experience, including research publications.
Applications are closed.


Professor Peta Ashworth
0409 929 981
Applications are closed.

Terms and conditions

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A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.

Applications are closed.