UNSW Built Environment offers a comprehensive range of specialised degree programs that few universities can match. Nine undergraduate programs and eight postgraduate programs are available and, as part of the internationally acclaimed faculty, each degree program is regarded as one of Australia's leading university qualifications.

The Turnbull Foundation Women in Built Environment Scholarship

As a part of UNSW Built Environment’s Engaging Women in Built Environment initiative, the Turnbull Foundation and UNSW Built Environment have come together to offer a scholarship tailored to support women in the built environment industries accelerate their career and their leadership capabilities. 

The scholarship will support women in undertaking higher-degree research at UNSW and also provide the opportunity for the recipient to undertake the AGSM Women in Leadership Program during the tenure of their degree. 

The scholarship is $95,000 over three years. 

To apply

New PhD applicants should follow the application process as detailed here. That process includes the submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI), which will be considered by the faculty’s Higher Degree Committee. 

New PhD applicants and also current PhD candidates should write a separate 1000 word statement clearly summarising the proposed topic area, a suggested methodology, a preliminary title and the contribution of the research to new knowledge which:

Demonstrates an interdisciplinary approach to city making

Promotes good urban design that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. 

New PhD applicants should submit their EOI (with required attachments and this scholarship statement) to Judith O'Callaghan, Director of Postgraduate Research. Please include “Turnbull Foundation Women in Built Environment Scholarship” in the subject line of the email.

Current PhD candidates should submit their statement to Judith O'Callaghan. Please include “Turnbull Foundation Women in Built Environment Scholarship” in the subject line of the email.

In addition to the scholarship, recipients will also receive a stipend to undertake the AGSM Women in Leadership Program during the tenure of their degree.

Deadline for submission:  30th April 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 purpose of the Turnbull Foundation Women in Built Environment Scholarship. The candidate must: 

  • Undertake, or be undertaking a research project as agreed between the Built Environment Higher Degree Committee and the candidate; 
  • Be supervised by appropriate staff employed within the Built Environment Faculty at UNSW;
  • Have applied for admission or commenced the faculty’s EOI process for admission to a UNSW Doctor of Philosophy at UNSW Built Environment.
  • Have had at least three years professional experience in a built environment discipline.

Commencement of study

The successful applicant must be fully enrolled as a full-time candidate in the Doctor of Philosophy as of Session 2, 2017 OR Session 1 2018. The conditions and responsibilities of candidature are as laid down by the UNSW Graduate School. 


The scholarship is available to domestic students.

Selection process

All EOI applications are reviewed by UNSW Built Environment’s Higher Degree Committee in the first instance.

Applications accepted for PhD candidature will then be considered by the selection panel including the Dean, UNSW Built Environment, Associate Dean Research and Director Postgraduate Research.  

The panel will decide if an award is to be made. 

Unsuccessful scholarship applicants are still welcome to proceed with their PhD candidature and seek other support if necessary.

Announcement of award

The successful applicant will be announced in May 2017.


Judith O'Callaghan

Director, Postgraduate Research

Phone +61 2 9385 6847

Page Last Updated: 04 Apr 2017