The James Cox PhD Scholarship in Architecture

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    Monash University
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Job No.: 611235

Location: Caulfield campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 3.5-year fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: The successful applicant will receive a tax-free living allowance of $29,000 per annum. Annual research consumables budget of $1,500 and a travel allowance of $10,000 over the period of candidature for approved off-site research.

The Family of James Cox and the Plenary Group are delighted to offer a PhD Scholarship in Architecture in conjunction with Monash Art Design & Architecture at Monash University in 2020. This is an exciting opportunity to pursue a program of architecture design research to develop Melbourne’s urban environment.

The opportunity will suit a top research candidate whose imaginative and experimental idea/project, has demonstrable practical outcomes with significant social and community benefits.

The scholarship comprises a tuition fee offset, a living allowance for up to 3.5 years and provision for a period of international research or placement relevant to the project. Candidates will normally have first or second class division, a honours in their prior studies and an outstanding folio of design achievement. The candidate may be embedded in a practice environment.

This scholarship commemorates James Cox, founder of CPR projects, founding Director of the Plenary Group and visionary leader in public-private partnerships with a passion for outstanding design and practical outcomes in the development of the urban environment.


Candidates must meet entry requirements for a PhD, administered by the Monash Graduate Research Office. The candidate:

  • Will be an architectural graduate prepared to undertake a full-time PhD, which may include a period of international research
  • Will be an Australian or New Zealand citizen
  • May be “embedded” in a practice environment
  • Will not be already in possession of any other Monash scholarship or sponsorship
  • Will demonstrate a connection to/understanding of Melbourne and will reside in Melbourne for the duration of the candidature

The research topic/project

  • Should contribute to Melbourne’s urban environment, advance architecture and improve the human condition. It should also be practical, engage the architectural and related communities and incorporate an international outlook
  • Will focus on the architectural design of Melbourne’s urban environment, with the potential for application to other urban contexts
  • Will be undertaken with reference to the current state-of-the-art in the field
  • May involve the professional community either through the attachment of the candidate to a major project or through a professional mentor
  • Will be published/exhibited upon completion to maximise the impact of the study

To apply for the scholarship please complete the EOI Form and include the following documents:

  1. Full transcripts of your academic qualifications, including, for each degree, results for each semester/unit
  2. Where relevant, proof of your English language competencies (IELTS results, transcripts)
  3. A draft research proposal following these Guidelines
  4. A writing sample (for thesis-only applicants) or a folio (for practice/studio applicants)
  5. A Curriculum Vitae


For more information please contact Mr Dave Wolf, +61 3 9903 2255 or [email protected]

Expressions of interest close date

Friday 2 October 2020, 11:55 pm AEDT