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The UNSW Built Environment offers several specialised degree programs at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, taught by an internationally acclaimed faculty.

Applications are now open for the Seidler PhD Scholarship, which aims to advance knowledge in modern architecture in an Australian context. Open to Australian and New Zealand citizens as well as Australian permanent residents, the scholarship is generously funded by Dr Penelope Seidler AM and the Seidler Architectural Foundation.

Academically qualified applicants are encouraged to send innovative proposals in theoretical, methodological and/or topical terms with some connection to the work and ideals of Harry Seidler.

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 the Seidler PhD Scholarship.

The successful applicant will receive a stipend of $35,000 p.a. over three years, paid on a fortnightly basis.


The scholarship is only available to applicants who are academically qualified to apply for a Doctor of Philosophy at UNSW Australia. The successful applicant must be fully enrolled as a full-time candidate in the PhD program commencing Session 1, 2016 or Session 2, 2016.


Applicants are required to complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) form to undertake postgraduate research at BE UNSW, and also provide the contact details of two Academic Referees. The EOI form must be submitted with a separate 500-word statement clearly outlining the way in which the applicant’s PhD research proposal responds to the aim of the scholarship.

Submission of the EOI form complete with required attachments and scholarship statement must be made by Monday 2 November 2015.

All EOI applications will be reviewed by UNSW Built Environment’s Higher Degree Committee. Applications accepted for PhD candidature will then be considered by The Seidler PhD Scholarship Committee comprising of Dr Penelope Seidler (or her representative), the Dean of UNSW Built Environment, the Director of the Architecture Discipline and the Director of Postgraduate Research.

The successful applicant will be announced in December 2015.

More information about the Seidler PhD Scholarship can be accessed online.