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Scholarship details

2023 HDR Scholarship - PhD Scholarship in cognitive science and human factors

Status: Closed

Applications open: 2/06/2023
Applications close: 2/04/2024

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About this scholarship

PhD Scholarship Opportunity

Are you interested in understanding how humans learn to make critical decisions in complex work systems? Do you want to be at the forefront of use-inspired basic research that shapes industries like aviation and defence? Curtin University’s Future of Work Institute (FOWI) is offering a 3-year scholarship for a motivated individual to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy.

About the Project:

As a PhD student, you will contribute to a project focused on human learning and decision making within the context of complex workplace decisions. This research aims to develop models of how humans learn about automated advice, and of the impact of learning on remembering and executing planned actions. Further, the research aims to identify factors that pose risks to learning and adaptation in high-stakes industries.

What We Offer:

Three-year scholarship.

Cutting-Edge Research: Join a dynamic team at FOWI, working alongside leading experts in cognitive psychology, human factors, and organizational psychology.

State-of-the-Art Facilities: Access our advanced laboratory, computational resources, and specialized equipment to conduct your experiments and simulations.

Supportive Environment: Receive mentorship from experienced supervisors who will help you develop your skills and achieve your full potential.

Professional Development: At FOWI you will have access to workshops, conferences, and networking opportunities to enhance your research and career prospects.

You will be trained in programming and computational modelling by your principal supervisor. For this, prior experience is not required, but motivation to develop these skills is important.

Industry Connections: The potential to collaborate with a range of industry partners, ensuring your research has real-world impact and relevance.

  • Current Students
  • Future Students
  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Science & Engineering
    • Science courses
  • Higher Degree by Research
  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • International Student
  • Merit Based

This scholarship provides a living stipend of $32,250.00 per annum pro rata indexed, based on full-time studies, for up to a maximum of 3.5 years.

Scholarship Details


Any student eligible to study a PhD focused on Cognitive Psychology. 

Applicants are required to demonstrate a capacity to carry out independent research and have adequate training and ability. Generally, this may be a master degree or bachelor degree with first or upper second class honours. See the Section 3.2.1 of the Curtin HDR admission policy for detailed information. We encourage EOIs from students who are close to obtaining an appropriate qualification (e.g., in their last semester of a master or honours degree).

Application process

Future student, please contact us via the EOI form

Enrolment Requirements

Recipients must maintain an academic status of ‘good standing’, meet their project milestones, and participate in the recommended learning and engagement activities conducted by the Future of Work Institute for Higher Degree Research students.


Luke Strickland


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