Interdisciplinary PhD scholarships

Do you want to contribute to the development of sustainable Asian cities?
Are you interested in interdisciplinary research in urban water management?

Engineering, Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary PhD scholarships in sustainable urban water management in developing Asian cities.

Eleven (11) competitive scholarships are available to undertake full-time PhD research within the Department of Civil Engineering and the School of Social Sciences at Monash University.

Read background information for these scholarships (PDF)
Deadline for applications to be received is 30th June 2014.


Developing Asian cities face urgent and complex water-related issues. Research into such ‘wicked’ problems often requires cross-disciplinary approaches, demanding innovative thinking and practice. This cohort doctoral training initiative will support the transitioning of developing Asian cities towards more sustainable and liveable conditions through research into the uptake of state-of-the-art water technologies, policies and social practices. Doctoral candidates will participate in a high-level government and industry engagement process. They will be encouraged to explore cross-disciplinary opportunities for innovation in theory and practice to help developing cities in Asia adopt more sustainable water management systems.

Candidates will also have the opportunity to contribute to the ‘Australia/Pacific Regional Sustainable Development Solutions Network Centre’, a United Nations Initiative, focussed on promising technologies, business models, institutional mechanisms, policies and combinations thereof that can have a transformative impact on sustainable development. In addition, candidates will have a unique opportunity to contribute to the implementation and assessment of the ‘United Nations Human Settlements Programme’ new urban drainage strategy.


$25,392 per annum (non-taxable, indexed annually) over 3 years (with option of 6 month extension).


Applications are sought from students with a HI (first class or equivalent) degree in a range of relevant disciplinary areas such as, but not limited to, engineering, social science, economics, law, geography, and environmental science. Applicants should meet the University’s English Language Proficiency requirements (

Selection Criteria:

Candidates will be selected in regard to their potential for research excellence and relevance of past experience and training.

For application details including Selection Criteria:

– Engineering scholarships, please contact
– Social Science scholarships, please contact


Deadline for applications to be received is 30th June 2014.