RMIT University invites applications for the PhD Scholarship for investigating the Health Impacts of Social Housing Retrofits in Australia for the 2022/23 academic year.

Energy vulnerability denotes the risk of harm due to limited access to essential energy in the home. Poor thermal performance of dwellings in combination with low incomes are key determinants of energy vulnerability. Energy retrofits, which may include the improvement of the dwelling’s thermal envelope and an upgrade of heating/cooling appliances may reduce the risk of harm and improve health.

This project will evaluate the health and well being outcomes of large-scale social housing retrofit programs in Victoria. They include the replacement of old wood, electric or gas fired heaters with new energy-efficient systems. They also include draught proofing and new or upgraded cooling systems. Taking a pragmatic approach to evaluate ‘what works’, the project will investigate the cause-effect mechanisms. It will even go further to investigate the contextual influences to explain the nature and direction of intervention outcomes.


Worth of Award

It would interest you to know that the value of the scholarship is equivalent to an RMIT full Scholarship over 3 years.


Applicants for the PhD Scholarship for investigating the Health Impacts of Social Housing Retrofits must:

  • Satisfy RMIT University’s Doctor of Philosophy entry requirements
  • Hold a first-class Honours or Masters degree in a relevant discipline with a major thesis component
  • Meet the minimum English language requirements in the event that they are international students
  • Be candidates with excellent written and communication skills, demonstrated capacity to work independently and as a part of a team, and have experience in research. These skills are preferred
  • Be candidates with skills and knowledge of health impact measurement, and building or housing retrofits. These are preferred but students with other appropriate skill sets will equally be considered.

How to Apply

Kindly submit the following documents to [email protected] when making your applications.

  • A cover letter outlining interest and alignment with the proposed research and also addresses the eligibility criteria
  • A copy of your academic transcripts
  • Your CV (including the names of two referees).

Deadline: In conclusion, note that applications close when a candidate is selected.


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