City Futures Research Centre UNSW Built Environment

Partner funded Research Scholarships

UrbanGrowth NSW

City Futures Research Centre at UNSW Built Environment invites applications for the UrbanGrowth NSW Top-up Scholarship.

UrbanGrowth NSW and City Futures Research Centre have come together to offer two top-up research scholarships tailored to support candidates for the MPhil Degree in Urban Renewal.  The aim is to provide support for students undertaking an MPhil research degree that tackles an issue relevant to the contemporary process of urban renewal in Australian cities.  The focus of such research is deliberately broad and could encompass a wide range of specific topics.  However, the successful applicants will need to show that their research will advance the understanding of the processes, practices or outcomes on urban renewal in the current urban context in Australia, with relevance to the Sydney situation.

The UrbanGrowth NSW Top-up Scholarship comprises a stipend of $10,000 p.a. over the life of the degree (up to a maximum of two years).  There is also the possibility that the successful candidate could have access to staff and support from UbanGrowth NSW if their project was suitably focussed.

To apply

Applicants must show high academic achievement in an honours or masters by coursework program in a related discipline.

Write a 1000 word statement clearly outlining the proposed topic area, a suggested methodology, a preliminary title and the contribution of the research to new knowledge in the area of urban renewal such that it responds to the overall aim of the scholarship.

Submit your statement to Prof Bill Randolph ( Please include “UrbanGrowth NSW Top-up Scholarship” in the subject line of the email.

Deadline for submission: Monday 30 November 2015


Awards are made on the basis of academic merit, research experience and/or research potential, as well as suitability of the applicant’s research proposal to the aims of UrbanGrowth NSW MPhil Top-up Scholarship. The candidate must:

Undertake a research project as agreed between the Built Environment City Futures Research Centre and UrbanGrowth NSW, The Research project must be supervised by staff associated with the City Futures Research Centre, and

Have applied for a competitively awarded scholarship that commences in the same calendar year: e.g. the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or equivalent- to support their higher degree studies (please refer to GRS website for details and deadlines).

Commencement of study

The successful applicant must be fully enrolled as a full-time candidate in the MPhil program commencing Session 1, 2016. The conditions and responsibilities of candidature are as laid down by the UNSW Graduate School.


You must be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident.

Selection process

All EOI applications are reviewed by Built Environment’s Higher Degree Committee in the first instance.

Applications accepted for MPhil candidature will then be considered by the selection panel including the Built Environment Associate Dean Research, City Futures Research Centre Director and UrbanGrowth NSW  Research Manager. The panel will decide if an award is to be made.

Unsuccessful scholarship applicants are still welcome to proceed with their MPhil candidature and seek other support if necessary.

Announcement of award

The successful applicant will be announced in early January 2016.


Professor Bill Randolph, Director of City Futures Research Centre

02 9385 5117