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The Design & Creative Practice ECP provides exciting, innovative and industry-engaged research opportunities.

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PhD Scholarship in Designing for Ageing Well

We are looking for talented interdisciplinary and collaborative students to undertake a PhD focusing on designing for Ageing Well social futures.

Aged societies are the future.

To design for these complex futures, we need interdisciplinary approaches that coalesce creatives, social scientists and biomed. RMIT offers unique social and creative solutions to ageing well with its expertise in ethnographic and thick data approaches, human-centred design; design for care and social impact; sociology of health; public health; action research and playful technology.

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Eligibility

To be considered for the PhD Scholarship, applicants must hold or be currently completing:

  • Master by research
  • Master by coursework with a significant research component graded as high distinction, or equivalent
  • Honours degree achieving first class honours
  • 4 year bachelor degree achieving a GPA of 4 or equivalent (80% or above).

If you do not hold one of the above qualifications, you will only be considered for scholarship if you have previous publications or significant research experience. All other applicants will be considered ineligible.

Value and duration

$30,900 per year for three years with a possible six-month extension.

Number of scholarships available

One


How to apply

Before applying for the Scholarship, contact the Design & Creative Practice ECP and establish if your research is aligned with RMIT’s research focus and strengths. Contact details are listed below.

RMIT University’s research strategy


All applicants should email the following to Distinguished Professor Larissa Hjorth:

  • a cover letter, this should detail alignment with research areas at RMIT,
  • your Curriculum Vitae, and
  • a two-page research proposal.

The research proposal is a key part of the application process where applicants must demonstrate the value of their research and their suitability for scholarship selection.

Your proposal should be divided under the following headings:

  1. Title and topic
  2. Research questions you plan to investigate in the context of existing research/​literature in the area
  3. Significance and impact of the research
  4. Methodology/​research tasks required to undertake the research


    Contact

    If you have any questions, please contact Distinguished Professor Larissa Hjorth, Design & Creative Practice ECP Director, via email.

Designing for Ageing Well Challenge 2018

APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED.
SHORTLISTED TEAMS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED


How do we design for Ageing Well Futures?

Deadline Extended — Entries now open until midnight, Monday 17 September

Our ageing population is increasing, and we are living longer. Issues around how to age well are more important than ever before. Solutions to this challenge require understanding the need for human-centred and interdisciplinary approaches to designing of technology. In particular, designing around smart devices and voice control has much potential for elderly users.

We’re seeking interdisciplinary teams to address specific problems at the intersection of Digital Health and Ageing Well, and design transformative solutions. Presented by RMIT University in collaboration with Telstra, the Challenge invites your team to tackle this real-world issue. At least one member of each team must be either a student, alumni or staff of RMIT.

Priority will be given to proposals focused on human-centred approaches to smart devices and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to ageing well. 

Submit your proposal to win $10,000 and shortlisted entries each winning $5,000.

Download the Challenge Brief



How it works

The following is a summary of the Challenge process:

  1. Form your interdisciplinary team.
  2. Identify the issue or challenge your team’s solution will address. 
  3. Submit your Initial Entry, via the online form by midnight on Monday 17 September 2018. Your Initial Entry will describe the issue you will focus on, the challenges & factors you need to accommodate & your initial scoping for a proposed solution. 
  4. We will notify shortlisted teams on or by 24 September 2018. 
  5. Shortlisted teams will further develop & refine their ideas into a robust proposal & submit their Final Entry via email by 5pm on 19 November 2018. Final Entry submission may include a requirement to give a short presentation (5−10 mins). Shortlisted teams who submit a Final Entry will each receive at least $5,000.
  6. The winner will be announced on 26 November 2018. The winning team will receive $10,000.

Shortlisted teams submitting Final Entries will also have the opportunity to present their solutions at the Engaging for Impact (EFI) conference (18 — 20 February 2019).

SUBMIT INITIAL ENTRY



Key Dates

Below are the important dates for the Challenge: 

  • midnight, Monday 17 September 2018: Initial Entries close. 
  • 24 September 2018: Notification of Shortlisted teams. 
  • 19 November 2018: Final Entries close. 
  • 26 November 2018: Notification of Winning team. 
  • 18 – 20 February 2019: Final presentation at the Engaging for Impact (EFI) conference 2019.

If you are interested in participating, please download and read the full Challenge Terms & Conditions:

DOWNLOAD THE CHALLENGE TERMS & CONDITIONS


How do I find out more?

Once you have read the Challenge brief and Terms & Conditions, if you have any questions, please send us an email.



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2018 ECP Capability Development Fund

APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED

The Design and Creative Practice ECP invites applications up to $5000.

All RMIT researchers, including graduate researchers and academic staff, are eligible to apply. Staff must remain affiliated with RMIT for the duration of the funded activity. To be considered for the Capability Development Fund (CDF), activities must have a clearly identified value proposition which is directly aligned to one or more Platform priority areas and the ECP Charter. Online applications may only proceed with the go-ahead from a Platform Director. 


KEY DATES

Wednesday 16 May 2018
 — one page applications to Platform Director due 

Sunday 1 July 2018
 — closing date for approved, online application 

Download 2018 CDF Guidelines

PhD Scholarship in Digital Media and Geomedia

APPLICATIONS FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP HAS NOW CLOSED

This Design & Creative Practice ECP PhD Scholarship supports critical examinations of the increasingly pervasive role of location metadata (or geodata) in Australian smartphone practices and cultures and the implications this has for users, industry, and public administration.

Central to the growth of smartphone ownership and use has been the rise of location-based services. Taking a critical perspective across the full ecosystem — from users of digital media to services and developers — the project responds to a crucial need to understand and make sense of how digital media increasingly provoke new forms of engagement with location, and the implications of the geodata produced through this engagement.

The primary aims of the project are to:

  1. Investigate emerging forms of geodata and digitally mediated location awareness, through a comprehensive mapping of locative platforms, apps, and augmented reality services available in Australia;
  2. Identify, analyse, and critically assess how geodata is understood by Australian users of digital media and how it is used by developers to shape and tailor digital media services, including the role of user geodata in algorithmic harvesting and filtering; and
  3. Develop — via design-driven, digital ethnographic research — a public interface for location awareness that enables users to understand the implications of their everyday location sharing via digital media.

The project will deliver online and open resources to enhance public understanding of geodata and geoprivacy, as well as industry and policy recommendations that address the crucial issue of location awareness’ in everyday digital media use.

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Eligibility

To be considered for the PhD Scholarship, applicants must hold or be currently completing:

  • Master by research
  • Master by coursework with a significant research component graded as high distinction, or equivalent
  • Honours degree achieving first class honours
  • 4 year bachelor degree achieving a GPA of 4 or equivalent (80% or above).

If you do not hold one of the above qualifications, you will only be considered for scholarship if you have previous publications or significant research experience. All other applicants will be considered ineligible.

Value and duration

$30,900 per year for three years with a possible six-month extension.

Number of scholarships available

One


How to apply

Before applying for the Scholarship, contact the Design & Creative Practice ECP and establish if your research is aligned with RMIT’s research focus and strengths. Contact details are listed below.

RMIT University’s research strategy


All applicants should email the following to Distinguished Professor Larissa Hjorth:

  • a cover letter, this should detail alignment with research areas at RMIT,
  • your Curriculum Vitae, and
  • a two-page research proposal.

The research proposal is a key part of the application process where applicants must demonstrate the value of their research and their suitability for scholarship selection.

Your proposal should be divided under the following headings:

  1. Title and topic
  2. Research questions you plan to investigate in the context of existing research/​literature in the area
  3. Significance and impact of the research
  4. Methodology/​research tasks required to undertake the research


    Terms and conditions

    See the research scholarship terms and conditions for further information.

    Terms and Conditions


    Contact

    If you have any questions, please contact Distinguished Professor Larissa Hjorth, Design & Creative Practice ECP Director, via email.