PhD scholarship: Demonstrating safety in Fire Safety Engineering


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Engineering and Computing
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $28,092 per annum (2020 rate), indexed annually
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances
Opening date 23 September 2020
Closing date 7 October 2020


The traditional approach to ensuring fire safety in the built environment has been the application of prescriptive solutions which restrict the use of certain materials, layouts, and features of buildings. These prescriptive solutions evolved over several decades to the point where they represent the collective experience of regulators and fire safety professionals as to what provides adequate levels of safety. Indeed, even while regulators around the world have adopted a performance based approach to fire safety the prescriptive solutions have been retained as an inscribed solution which has largely dictated the structure of fire safety codes.

Performance requirements for fire safety, therefore, represent the expectations of individual components of a building that as an ensemble function as the fire safety strategy; as opposed to a reflection of the expectations of the fire safety strategy itself.

Even now, as many regulators explore the definition of performance requirements that reflect the holistic fire safety strategy there remain many issues surrounding the implementation of fire safety in the built environment, including:

  • What constitutes an acceptable or tolerable level of fire safety; and
  • How the fire safety engineering process can be executed such that acceptable or tolerable performance against such a holistic benchmark can be demonstrated.

This project aims to explore both of these questions, with the specific focus dependent on the interests and abilities of the candidate appointed.

A working knowledge of fire safety, chemical, mechanical or civil engineering, process safety and risk assessment would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The successful candidate will join the Fire Safety Engineering research group in the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Queensland. For more information about the group, the academics and the facilities please visit the School of Civil Engineering website.


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.

Before submitting an application you should:

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  1. Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  2. Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  3. Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘FIRE SAFETYin the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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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.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of fire safety engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, process safety or risk assessment and the potential for scholastic success.

Applications are closed.


Dr David Lange
+61 7 3365 6646
Applications are closed.

Terms and conditions

Read the policy on UQ Research Scholarships.

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.