Scholarship Opportunities

Summer Scholarships

Applications have now closed for the summer scholarships for 2016/17 vacation period. Applications were sought for BIM technologies and 3D printing, Desiccant cooling systems, Green roof design and Energy Management


PHD Scholarship in Public Health or Social Sciences

Exploring the relationship between housing design and quality of life for people with dementia and their carers

The Sustainable Buildings Research Centre at the University of Wollongong is seeking an outstanding graduate in the disciplines of Social Sciences or Public Health. This is an exciting opportunity to undertake research in relation to health and building design and also be part of Team UOW Australia which is taking part in the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018 competition.

The PhD Project

The impact of the design of residential aged care environments on the quality of life of people with dementia has been well documented. However, the impact that ‘good environmental design’ has on quality of life and the ability to remain living in one’s own home is less well understood. Whilst much is known about individual features of good design, there is a critical need for the development of a tool that can assist with the auditing of home environments in the community. There is also a need for research which assesses the relationship between the presence of design features and quality of life for people with dementia and their carers.

As part of the Solar Decathlon project, this PhD student will work with designers, engineers, psychologists and public health academics to develop and validate a tool to assess the quality of home care environments.

This project aims to produce a validated tool to assist in the translation of evidence based knowledge about the aspects of the built environment that are helpful to people with dementia into the practices of those involved in refurbishing or building homes in the community for people with dementia. The tools will also be used to assess Desert Rose’s suitability for supporting aging well with dementia.
Further details are available here. 

Be Part of the Solar Decathalon Team

You will join a multidisciplinary team of students and researchers in Engineering, Computer Science, Business, Arts and Health. We are designing and building a net-zero energy, dementia-friendly eco-home for the SDME2018 contest which will be held in Dubai in late 2018. You will develop your interdisciplinary research skills, developing knowledge through the design process, whilst tackling important topic such as passive residential design in hot climate and dementia-friendly residential architecture.

Applicants should send a letter of application including CV, copy of degrees and transcripts (including IELTS if applicable) and a short 3-4 page research proposal, on a topic of their choice aligned with the Desert Rose House Vision, as part of their application.

Suitable research topics include, but are not limited to residential design for people with dementia and its impact on quality of life.

The ideal candidate will hold a high quality degree in social sciences, psychology or public health and be proficient in the use of Nvivo and/or SPSS data analysis software. Ideally they will also have and interest or experience in age-friendly or dementia-friendly experience in sustainable residential construction.

For further information and application details please click here


Last reviewed: 11 May, 2017