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The Cox Richardson MPhil Top-up Scholarship

Cox Richardson and the City Futures Research Centre have come together to offer a top-up research scholarship tailored to support candidates for the MPhil Degree in Urban Renewal.  The aim is to provide support for students undertaking an MPhil research degree that tackles an issue relevant to the process of urban renewal and development in Australian cities.  

Cox Richardson is one of Australia’s leading architecture, urban design and planning consultancies with an global reputation.  Reflecting the company’s focus on the 21st century city, the Scholarship aims to support a high achieving candidate to pursue a course of guided MPhil research on a key issue facing the contemporary city.  
The candidate will be based with the City Futures Research Centre, Australia’s leading  academic urban research group, located at UNSW Built Environment.  The successful candidate will be supervised by one or more of the centre’s professorial staff as well as a senior staff member from Cox Richardson.
The focus of such research is deliberately broad and could encompass a wide range of specific topics. However, the successful applicants will need to show that their research will advance the understanding of the processes, practices or outcomes on urban renewal in the current urban context in Australia, with relevance to Sydney.
The Cox Richardson Top-up Scholarship comprises a stipend of $10,000 over two years.  There is also the possibility that the successful candidate could have access to staff and support from Cox Richardson if their project was suitably focussed.  
To apply
Applicants must show high academic achievement in an honours (typically 1st class) or masters by coursework program in a related discipline.
Write a separate 1000 word statement clearly outlining the proposed topic area, a suggested methodology, a preliminary title and the contribution of the research to new knowledge in the area of urban renewal such that it responds to the overall aim of the scholarship.
Submit your statement to Professor Bill Randolph. Please include “Cox Richardson Top-up Scholarship” in the subject line of the email.
Deadline for submission:  31st March 2017
Awards are made on the basis of academic merit, research experience and/or research potential, as well as suitability of the applicant’s research proposal to the aims of Cox Richardson MPhil Top-up Scholarship.
The candidate must: 
  • Undertake a research project as agreed between the Built Environment City Futures Research Centre and Cox Richardson; 
  • The Research project must be supervised by staff associated with the City Futures Research Centre;
  • Have applied for a competitively awarded scholarship that commences in the same calendar year: e.g. the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)/ University Postgraduate Award (UPA) or equivalent, to support their higher degree studies;
  • Have applied for or intend to apply for admission to a UNSW MPhil post-graduate degree at UNSW Built Environment;
Commencement of study
The successful applicant must be fully enrolled as a full-time candidate in the MPhil program commencing Session 2, 2017. The conditions and responsibilities of candidature are as laid down by the UNSW Graduate School. 
You must be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident.
Selection process
All EOI applications are reviewed by Built Environment’s Higher Degree Committee in the first instance.
Applications accepted for MPhil candidature will then be considered by the selection panel including the Built Environment Associate Dean Research, City Futures Research Centre Director and a Director at Cox Richardson . The panel will decide if an award is to be made. 
Unsuccessful scholarship applicants are still welcome to proceed with their MPhil candidature and seek other support if necessary.
Professor Bill Randolph, Director of City Futures Research Centre
Phone: +612 9385 5117
Page Last Updated: 10 May 2017