PhD Scholarship, Centre for Transformative Innovation

Hawthorn, Australia
26 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
31 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • PhD scholarships in innovation economics
  • Faculty of Business & Law, Centre for Transformative Innovation
  • 36 months, Hawthorn Campus

Opportunities for PhD scholarships in innovation economics (mid-year entry 2019)

Scholarship Duration: 36 months

Application Deadline: 31 January 2019

Type: Swinburne University Postgraduate Research Award (SUPRA) Scholarships

Location: 201 AGSE Building, Centre for Transformative Innovation, Corner Wakefield and William Streets, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122, Australia

If you are looking for a rigorous graduate training, and want to make a substantial research contribution to the economics of innovation, the Centre for Transformative Innovation (CTI) at Swinburne University of Technology is offering a fully funded PhD in Innovation Economics scholarships covering all fees and a stipend to suitably qualified individuals.

The scholarship is available for PhD research in all areas of innovation studies and innovation economics, but preference will be given for outstanding PhD research proposals which:

  • Develop/apply advance panel data econometrics and/or social network analysis using microlevel data
  • Focus in any of the following areas:
    1. The link between science, innovation and economic performance.
    2. Intellectual property rights protection and innovation.
    3. Mobility of scientists, researchers and inventors.
    4. The role of public policy and research institutions .
    5. Social aspects of STEM education, using social network methods.

About Swinburne and the Centre for Transformative Innovation:

The scholarships would be with the Centre of Transformative Innovation (CTI) at Faculty of Business and Law, Swinburne University of Technology. Swinburne is fast becoming a world leading research university. In fewer than 25 years Swinburne University of Technology has achieved a place in the top 400 universities in the world (and one of the top 75 in the world in physics).

As a student at the Centre you will be part of a team of academics and researchers at the cutting edge of research on innovation economics using large datasets and advanced data science methods. Our Centre is the largest interdisciplinary academic research body on innovation in Australia which studies knowledge; how it accumulates and how it can be used to benefit all.

Current research programs at the Centre for Transformative Innovation include:

  • Global value chains and innovation and intellectual property rights protection.
  • Translation of science into economic value.
  • Methodological development within social network research.Innovation and the dynamics of networking.
  • Social infrastructure of research and development.
  • Global mobility of scientists and researchers.Applications of social network research in health, healthcare, and education contexts.

The hallmark of our Centre is the dedication to using data to explore what works; what is important and what is not. PhD candidates will be provided with excellent research support from Centre’s data scientists and collection of databases including:

  • Web of Science (WoS) database of 90 million records and 800 million citations. Swinburne is the only University with access to this data and one of fewer than a dozen worldwide.
  • Global intellectual protection application database including patent and trademark.
  • Access to unpublished population data of Australian businesses.
  • Australian government program recipient database.

About the scholarship:

Amount awarded

The scholarship provides a stipend of AUD 27,082 per year, is tenable for one year in the first instance, and may be renewed annually for a further two years and in special circumstances up to one additional year subject to satisfactory performance review. There is the opportunity to undertake research assistance work.

The scholarship comes with waiver of any tuition fees payable.


The successful candidates would be expected to have a completed Master’s degree in economics with a thesis component and 80% or higher overall mark or first-class honours undergraduate degree with courses taken in microeconomics and applied econometrics at an advanced Master’s level. Candidates should be highly motivated to conduct independent research, and are should be fluent in English (equivalent to IELTS test scores of 6.5 or higher in each component). Applications are open to domestic and international students.

Application procedure

Please send your electronic application in a single PDF file containing:

  • A one-page cover letter summarising your academic background, research interests, and motivation for applying.
  • A detailed curriculum vita, including the names and addresses of two references.
  • A two-page research proposal.
  • Degree certificates and grade transcripts (incl. grades for each course)
  • GMAT or GRE scores
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores if from non-English speaking countries or if previous degree qualifications are not from institutions in English speaking countries.

Short listed candidates will be asked to provide reference letters.

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Alfons Palangkaraya (

Closing Dates: 31 January 2019