PhD Scholarship, Centre for Transformative Innovation

Hawthorn, Australia
01 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Faculty of Business & Law, Centre for Transformative Innovation
  • PhD Scholarship in Innovation Management (Mid-year 2019)
  • 3 years, Hawthorn Campus

About the Scholarship 

Scholarship Duration : 36 months
Application Deadline : 31 October 2018 
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, the Centre for Transformative Innovation (CTI) at Swinburne University of Technology is offering a fully funded PhD in Innovation Management scholarship covering all fees and a stipend to suitably qualified individuals. 

The scholarship is available for PhD research in the areas of innovation studies, but we specifically encourage PhD research proposals in the following areas: 

  • Innovation capability
  • Innovation in digital environment
  • Balancing exploratory and exploitative innovation strategies
  • Business model innovation (such as BMs in sharing economy)
  • Emerging technologies and industry convergence
  • Frugal innovation
  • Customer innovation community
  • Innovation clusters and innovation ecosystem

About Swinburne and the Centre for Transformative Innovation: 
The scholarship 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. 

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 studies 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.
  • International intellectual property systems as a level playing field for all countries.
  • Translation of science into economic value.
  • Innovation and the dynamics of networking.
  • Global mobility of scientists and researchers.

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.

Amount awarded 

The scholarship provides a stipend of AUD 27,082 per year (indexed) (2018 rate), 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 management (innovation, entrepreneurship or strategy) with a thesis component and 80% or higher overall mark or first-class honours undergraduate degree with courses taken in management, strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship, and applied studies in innovation and/or entrepreneurship 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. 
Please note: Short listed candidates will be asked to provide reference letters. 

Further information, contacts and support 

For further information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Marina Zhang ( ).

To submit your interest, 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 one-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.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on 

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact our Diversity Consultant, Dr. Walter Robles, on For support or queries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact 

Applications close at: 5pm, Thursday 15th November 2018