PhD scholarship: Multisensory integration and learning in virtual reality


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Education, Engineering and Computing, Health and Behavioural Sciences
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship, Top-up Scholarship
Scholarship value $28,597 per annum (2021 rate), indexed annually. Also a top-up of $14,151 for one year.
Scholarship duration One year for the top up, with the possibility of extension. The stipend would be for 3.5 years with the possibility of 1 extension in line with UQ and RTP Scholarship Policy
Number awarded 3
Opening date 20 May 2021
Closing date 22 August 2021


Supervisor – Professor Guy Wallis

The aim is to recruit a team of three PhD students with a focus on understanding the strengths and limitations of current head-mounted VR systems as a tool for training. The positions will operate in direct partnership with Boeing Australia, including a generous scholarship top-up. The work will focus on pilot training, but it is important to point out that the lab where these studies takes place is a neuroscience lab, meaning that answers will be framed by current knowledge in fields including sensorimotor neuroscience, human physiology, sensory processing and motor control.

A working knowledge of human behavioural testing, training, statistical analysis, computer programming and engineering would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

School of Human Movement & Nutrition Sciences

According to several academic ranking systems, the School of Human Movement & Nutrition Sciences ranks among the very top institutes in the world in the area of kineseology and human movement sciences.

The Centre where this project is based has a strong focus on sensorimotor behaviour and is host to a wide range of cutting-edge immersive technologies. The Centre has enjoyed a long period of research success including productive partnerships with industry. Over the past decade alone, three members of the lab have received high-level competitive research fellowships (ARC Future Fellowship) and the Centre's annual income has now passed $2M. The Centre is currently home to four professors, an ARC Future Fellow, an NHMRC Fellow, four other postdoctoral researchers, and over twenty PhD students.


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

This scholarship is open to Australian citizens, permanent residents and International students who are currently in Australia at the time of application and commencement.

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 ‘BOEING-WALLIS’ 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 experimental psychology, visual neuroscience, motor control, engineering, computer science and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of human behavioural testing (experimental psychology), computer science (creating 3D immersive environments), data analysis (Matlab/Python) and statistical analysis (Matlab/SPSS etc.) is highly desirable.

Applications are closed.


Professor Guy Wallis
+61 7 3365 6108
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.