PhD Scholarship in Business (specialising in Innovation)

RMIT University and Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), are offering two Cotutelle scholarships for PhD research in the broad discipline of Frugal Innovation.

Value and duration

A stipend of up to $32,000 per annum (pro-rata) for a period of 3 years, with a possible 6 month extension;

An RMIT Tuition fee scholarship for a period of 3 years, with a possible 6 month extension;

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for program duration (4 years); and

Travel expenses (one return trip from Melbourne to Hamburg economy class, capped at A$3,000.

Number of scholarships available



The successful applicant will have an excellent academic track record in philosophy or other relevant disciplines (e.g. engineering, law, accounting or management).

Applicants will be considered provided that they meet PhD admission at RMIT University. Details of eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD in the College of Business are available on the Research programs eligbility website.

Priority is given to applicants who:

  • have achieved a high distinction in the final two years of the qualifying program(s). At RMIT a grade of high distinction represents an academic achievement of 80% or higher

  • may be considered by RMIT as having an equivalent level of academic attainment, taking into account previous study, relevant work experience, research publications and other research experience

  • are able to take receipt of a scholarship for a minimum 24 months duration on a full-time basis (or part time equivalent) because of prior enrolment in a graduate research program

  • have not already completed a graduate research program at the same or higher course level. 

  • an applicant must not previously have held an RMIT or Commonwealth-funded postgraduate research scholarship unless it was terminated within six months of the scholarship’s payments commencing.

How to apply

Full admissions processes are outlined on the RMIT School of Graduate Research How to apply website.

EOIs shall comprise:

  • A cover letter that includes a brief statement of the applicant’s suitability, clearly indicating the project being applied to.

  • A research proposal not exceeding 750 words in length

  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works, conference presentations and relevant work experience

  • A full statement of academic record, supported by scanned copies of relevant certified documentation

  • Contact details of two academic referees

  • Once an EOI is submitted, applicants will be required to notify the office separately by sending an email to

Close date

11:55pm (AEDT) on 3 November 2019

Terms and conditions

See the Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions for more information

Further information

Potential research areas include, but are not limited to:

  • The Relevance of Frugal Innovation in Australia - Determinants of Consumer Behaviour

  • Environmental affordability of Frugal Innovation - Pros and Cons

  • Contribution of Frugal Innovation to Sustainable Development Goals (UN)

  • Achieving Frugal Innovation through Digitalization

  • Creating Frugal Business Models - Challenges in a non-technical context

  • Technological Enablers of Frugality

  • Synergies of Artificial Intelligence and Digitization with Frugal Innovation

  • Frugal Approaches to Education and Healthcare

  • Solving Urban Distress through Frugal Philosophy

  • Psychological Attributes of Frugal Innovators/Teams

  • Future of Planet and “Frugality”

  • Social Contours of Frugal Innovation

  • Ethnographical Accounts of Frugal Innovators


The successful candidate(s) will be based at RMIT at the Melbourne campus. They will be expected to carry out independent research while being supervised by researchers in the RMIT College of Business within the School of Management, and by researchers from The Center for Frugal Innovation within TUHH.

The precise details of the PhD research are flexible and responsive to the successful applicant’s expertise and interests, in consultation with the supervisors. Successful candidates can be either domestic or international and will enrol at both RMIT and TUHH for a maximum of 3 years (with a possibility of 6 months extension) as full-time candidates, and spend between one to two years maximum at the host university (RMIT) and a maximum of one year at TUHH.

Each candidate must meet the requirement for admission and graduation of both institutions, as will be set out in an individual agreement with both institutions and the successful candidate. The final written thesis for examination will be submitted to both institutions and the candidate must also undertake an oral defence as part of TUHH's component of the examination. Successful candidates will be awarded a PhD degree from each institution, acknowledging the joint supervision and award.

In addition to the scholarship, research candidates in the Cotutelle Program also have access to funding for research trips spanning conferences and major events relevant to their own independent research, as well as other research-related expenses.



Dr Gerrit de Waal, School of Management, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia,

Prof Adela McMurray, School of Management, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia,

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