Study As
Full Time

Principal Supervisor
Associate Professor Fanke Peng

Main Campus
City West

Applications Close
13 Dec 2022

Study Level

Applications Open To
Domestic Candidate

Tuition Fees:
All domestic students are eligible for a fee waiver. International students who receive a stipend are eligible for a fee waiver. Find out more about fees and conditions.

Project Stipend:
$29,863 p.a. available to domestic applicants only

About this project

Maximise education success for students with ASD

The University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a project-based research degree exploring how to maximise academic and social learning in partnership with St Peter’s Woodlands Grammar School (SPW).

Primary schools need to be equipped with the resources necessary to positively engage young students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), to ensure that each child has the best opportunity to learn and participate in social and academic settings. Driven by UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goal 4, Quality Education which aims to ‘ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’, this project aims to design interactive solutions to maximise academic and social learning for school-aged children with ASD.

You will join a vibrant and motivating cohort of researchers and benefit from their experience, support and guidance. As an interdisciplinary collaboration, it employs expertise from three of UniSA’s research groups: the Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environment ’s Human Centred Design (HCD) research group, Design for Health and Wellbeing , and IIMPACT in Health .

What you’ll do

In this project-based research degree, you will explore how to maximise academic and social learning through increasing student engagement and contribution and improving awareness of their ability. You will also investigate developing a way to create a long-term perception shift surrounding people with autism.

As a part of this partnered project-based research degree, you will engage with St Peter’s Woodlands Grammar School, and potentially undertake an industry placement.

Where you’ll be based

You will be based within UniSA Creative, incorporating the South Australian School of Art, which brings together the disciplines of architecture, planning, art and design, journalism, communication and media, film and television and the creative industries to produce flexible graduates with multidisciplinary capabilities. Our research explores the complexities of the world around us. We engage in future-focused, cross-disciplinary research and consultancy to produce inspired solutions that are human-centred and sustainable.  

Supervisory Team

Financial Support

This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $29,863 per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants will be eligible to receive an increased stipend rate of $45,076 per annum. A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included. For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information. 

Eligibility and Selection

This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time. 

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. 

Applicants should also submit a full research proposal (approximately 2500 words) that has been developed in consultation with the proposed principal supervisor. A template to help guide this application is available here .

The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and to be based at our City West campus in the heart of Adelaide.

Essential Dates

Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Tuesday 13 December 2022.

How to apply:

Applications must be lodged online, please note UniSA does not accept applications via email.

For further support see our step-by-step guide on how to apply , or contact the Graduate Research team on +61 8 8302 5880, option 1 or email us at You will receive a response within one working day.

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