XR Screen Futures (PhD Scholarship)

Queensland University of Technology
June 26, 2023
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Application dates

Applications close

26 June 2023
What you'll receive

You will receive a stipend scholarship of $32,500 per annum for a maximum duration of 3.5 years. The duration includes an extension of up to 6 months, if approved for your candidature. This is the full-time, tax-free rate which will index annually.

If you're an international student, you will also receive a tuition fee sponsorship for your research degree.


To apply for this scholarship, you must meet the entry requirements for a QUT Doctor of Philosophy, including any English language requirements for international students.

The essential criteria for the scholarship include:

  • enrolling full-time
  • being an internal student
  • commencing by August 2023.
  • Additional essential skills required

    The ideal candidate will possess a capacity for critical, reflexive research as well as interactive media skills across games and emerging technologies relevant to extended reality, especially virtual and augmented reality, character and/or environment design, real-time animation pipeline in Unreal Engine, Web3, AI or simulation. An interest in developing methods for creative practice around emerging paradigms such as metaverse, digital twins and life logging (Web3) and an interest in coding would be most welcome. A focus of the Hub is exploring new paradigms for storytelling in XR, and while we do not expect applicants to have deep prior knowledge, a curiosity and interest in this space is important.

    Desirable skills

    Some basic knowledge of applicable coding languages (ie C++ and/or Blueprint, Python) or a willingness to learn is advantageous.

    Prior experience (however limited) from a software development perspective with augmented, mixed, virtual or extended reality, as well as capacity to co- create with machine learning algorithms and an interest in prompt engineering, knowledge of game engines and eSports is desired.

    An interest in applying animation and interactive storytelling for Future Hospitals and first responder training would also be advantageous.

    How to apply

    Apply for this scholarship at the same time you apply for admission to a QUT Doctor of Philosophy. You must submit an Express of Interest (EOI) for consideration to apply for this scholarship.

    Your application must be submitted by 26 June 2023 and must indicate that you are applying for this specific scholarship in the financial details section of the EOI. Ensure you enter the name of the scholarship at question 2.

    Ensure you provide a personal statement outlining your interest in extended reality as a medium, and provide links to creative outputs (if applicable).

    What happens next?

    Applicants will be contacted directly with an outcome of their Expression of Interest.

    For more information about the application process, contact [email protected]

    For more information about the projects available, contact Dr Rewa Wright, senior lecturer in creative practice (film, screen, animation).

    About the scholarship

    THE QUT XR Screen Futures Hub brings together cutting-edge digital capabilities and infrastructure, supervisory expertise, technology and research for immersive digital screen, digital performance and digital stories futures. Our Hub is actively developing new affordances for creative practice in the emergent field of extended reality (XR), investigating new ways of telling stories through creative implementations of technology, such as combining gestural interaction and computer vision with machine learning and real-time motion capture.

    This scholarship offers an exciting opportunity for a motivated candidate to join the XR Screen Futures Hub, and to push boundaries through an exploration of creative practice and interactivity. The successful candidate will be aligned with existing research in virtual and augmented worlds, interactive storytelling, machine learning and AI, real-time animation and/or XR performance.

    The Screen Future Hub is actively exploring the potential of extended reality (XR) technologies in generating groundbreaking new opportunities for creative practices. This includes the development of metaverse and digital twins for Web3, a social-financial-cultural enabled metaverse, as well as XR applications within future hospital and health contexts.

    The project supervisory team will include: Dr. Rewa Wright, Prof Damian Candusso, and Prof Gavin Sade.

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