PhD scholarship: Mixed-reality applications for the empowerment of low SES Communities


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 $28,597 per annum (2021 rate), indexed annually
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances
Opening date 4 December 2020
Closing date 25 December 2020


This project aims to create a mixed-reality application where low SES community members (refugees, homeless) can create their own virtual environments that they desire. This will enable a kind of storytelling for sharing experiences and empowering low SES members to re-imagine their lives. To achieve this goal, there is a demand for the deeper understanding of making practices within low SES communities.

The project will include the following phases:

  1. An ethnographic study of making practices in low SES communities.
  2. A design and development project of a novel low-cost MR kit to support non-expert design and making by augmenting contextual, accurate and interactive information into physical workspace.
  3. Evaluate the prototype in makerspaces and iterate the design process.

The successful applicant will enrol through the School of Information Technology & Electrical Engineering.

A working knowledge of ethnography, participatory design and UI/UX prototyping 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.

Applications are closed.

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 ‘VYAS’ 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 is highly desirable.

Applications are closed.


Dr Dhaval Vyas
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.