Skip to the content

This internet browser is outdated and does not support all features of this site. Please switch or upgrade to a different browser to display this site properly.


Scholarship details

RTP2021 R2 The Audio Internet

Status: Open

Applications open: 15/07/2020
Applications close: 1/09/2020

View printable version [.pdf]

About this scholarship

This research is an investigation of the increasing use of audio – sounds and spoken words – as an interface for communications and internet based technology. This includes smart home speakers, digital assistants, and audio interfaces for access the internet and the web, and how these can be utilised and improved, along with explorations of their exiting limitations.

In 2018, voice queries accounted for one-fifth of search queries, and industry leaders predict that figure will grow to 30%–50% by 2020 (Couvillon & Helbing 2019). In 2017 it was estimated that 35.6 million people in the United States will use a “voice-enabled speaker” (and that more than 70% of these were controlled through Amazon’s Alexa system) (Sciuto, Arnita Saini, Forlizzi, & Hong 2018).

How these increasingly prevalent technologies are shaping our use of, and relationship with, technology and digital communications present a variety of areas that can be explored as part of this project. This RTP scholar will join a new team being assembled to explore these topics in the school under Professor Mike Kent, drawing on HDR students and other project students along with existing research assistants drawn to this project and from the broader Digital Inclusion and Media Access stream of the Centre for Culture and Technology.

  • Future Students
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Higher Degree by Research
  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • International Student
  • Merit Based

Total value of the annual scholarships (stipend and fees) is approx. $60,000 - $70,000 p.a.

Curtin PhD Stipends are valued at $28,092 p.a. for up to a maximum of 3.5 years.

Successful applicants will receive a 100% Fee offset.

Scholarship Details


All applicable HDR courses

·         English language IELTS level of: 6.5

·         Future Higher degree by research applicants

Application process

To apply for this project opportunity applicants must submit an email to the contact Project lead listed below. The email must include their current curriculum vitae, a summary of their research skills and experience and the reason they are interested in this specific project.

The Project Lead will select one preferred applicant for this project and complete a Primary reference on their behalf. 

After confirmation from the Project Lead that they will receive a primary reference for this project the applicant must submit an eApplication for admission into the applicable HDR course no later than 1st September 2020.

All applicants must send an external referee template to their chosen external reference. 

All references are confidential and must be submitted by the referee directly to no later than 1st September 2020.

Scholarship applications submitted without a primary reference or a completed application for admission will be considered incomplete.

For further information on the application process or for more RTP2021 Round 2 scholarship project opportunities visit: 

Enrolment Requirements

Eligible to enrol in a Higher Degree by Research Course at Curtin University by March 2021


To apply for this project opportunity email your current curriculum vitae, a summary of their research skills and experience and the reason you are interested in this specific project to:

Name: Prof Mike Kent


Contact Number: +61 412 442 808

Scholarships Email Alert