2016 PhD scholarship applications now open

MNSI are looking for talented students wishing to undertake a PhD focused on the networked society. We are proud to have supported over thirty PhD students to date, and have seen many successful innovations come from these projects. We welcome all applicants to our 2016 PhD Scholarships round.

In 2016 we are offering three scholarships: the Urban Data PhD ScholarshipInnovation PhD Scholarship, and Technology and Domestic Violence PhD Scholarship.

Each scholarship delivers an Australian Postgraduate Award, which provides a fortnightly stipend. In addition, MNSI will support the successful applicant with a further $3,000 top-up payment and $2,000 for travel expenses each year.


Cities around the world increasingly deploy varied and multiple data streams — from apps on user-devices to distributed sensor networks — in order to inform better settings for service provision and resource use.  This scholarship is available for a student investigating existing and emergent urban data practices in the context of contemporary smart city agendas.  The research will focus on new opportunities for citizen engagement and the development of new models of planning and governance.  Additionally, the research will address conceptual and practical challenges concerning practices of data acquisition and utilisation, including growing concerns around the effect of growing surveillance and the impact on privacy.


The increased diffusion of connectivity has brought about rapid changes to the economy. New products and services have emerged disrupting and displacing traditional industries. The networked society has been the source of much innovation over the past twenty-five years.

This scholarship is seeking a student to research how innovation occurs in the networked society, some of the new and emerging challenges and limits facing further innovation in this field, and how connectivity can enable the creation of new industries. Focus can include the process of innovation, market structure and financial disruption, specific technologies – i.e. blockchain, distributed sensor networks, Internet of Things, or big data.


Domestic and family violence is a common hidden problem with major social and health effects on women, their children, young people and men. Technology can be harnessed to abuse others but also as an innovative way to respond to and connect people effected by domestic and family violence to services.  The research will focus on new opportunities in under resourced areas i.e. responding to children and young people in families where abuse is happening, men who use violence in their relationships, family and friends of people affected by family violence. The testing of new models using technology for these populations will address conceptual and practical challenges concerning safety issues, data utilisation and privacy.

Applications close 5pm Friday 2 September 2016. Click through to apply for the Urban Data PhD Scholarship, the Innovation PhD Scholarship, and the Technology and Domestic Violence PhD Scholarship.

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Kate Murray