Cox Richardson has partnered with the City Futures Research Centre to offer a top-up research scholarship tailored to support candidates studying for an MPhil Degree in Urban Renewal. Cox Richardson is one of Australia’s leading architecture, urban design and planning consultancies while the City Futures Research Centre is Australia’s leading academic urban research group, located at UNSW Built Environment.

A key objective of the scholarship is to support students undertaking an MPhil research degree on an issue relevant to the process of urban renewal and development in Australian cities. 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 Sydney.

To be based with the City Futures Research Centre at UNSW Built Environment, the successful candidate will be supervised by one or more of the centre’s professorial staff as well as a senior staff member from Cox Richardson.

The Cox Richardson Top-up Scholarship comprises a stipend of $10,000 over two years.

Applying for the scholarship

Applicants must show high academic achievement in an honours (typically 1st class) or masters by coursework program in a related discipline.

All applications must be accompanied by a separate 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.

Deadline for submission: 30th September 2016


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 Cox Richardson MPhil Top-up Scholarship.

The candidate must: undertake a research project as agreed between the Built Environment City Futures Research Centre and Cox Richardson; have the research project supervised by staff associated with the City Futures Research Centre; have applied for a competitively awarded scholarship that commences in the same calendar year: e.g. the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)/ University Postgraduate Award (UPA) or equivalent, to support their higher degree studies; and have applied for or intends to apply for admission to a UNSW MPhil post-graduate degree at UNSW Built Environment.

Commencement of study

The successful applicant must be fully enrolled as a full-time candidate in the MPhil program commencing Session 1, 2017.


The applicant must be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident.

Announcement of award

The successful applicant will be announced in late December 2016.