PhD scholarship: Fostering “Making” Practices in People from Low Socio-Economic Backgrounds


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. Single Overseas Student Health Cover (AUD$3,420) is also offered for International students.
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances


This project aims to foster making and DIY (do-it-yourself) practices in low socioeconomic status (SES) communities. Working closely with makerspaces and informal creative environments, this project will study the existing practices of makers from low SES and involve them in co-designing a technology that will help them in their future making activities. Outcomes of this project will include:

  1. An alternative narrative on makerspaces, backed by empirical data, on the role DIY and making practices play within low SES communities.
  2. An innovative co-design method that will involve ‘making workshops’ to bootstrap development of ideas for empowerment and creativity.
  3. Self-made, DIY technology prototypes that support low SES members in their specific needs.
  4. A theory of ‘Creative Collaboration’ for engaging people from low SES backgrounds in DIY and making practices. 

A working knowledge of interaction design and related areas would be of benefit to someone working on this project.


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

Before you get started

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How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow this link. 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 ‘CODE’ in 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 interaction design and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of HCI, ethnography, participatory design and UI/UX prototyping is highly desirable.


Dr Dhaval Vyas

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.