PhD Opportunities

Browse current opportunities and find out why FOWI is the perfect place for a PhD.

Current opportunities


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Closing date: We have extended the closing date for this scholarship until 31 May 2022.

Effective C2 organisational systems are critical not only to military settings, but also to the operation of many safety-critical workplaces.

In this project, help develop and validate an experimental paradigm that can describe the dynamic processes underlying C2 agility and to characterise the situational factors by which C2 agility can vary.


Closing date: 30 June 2022


This exciting PhD scholarship will focus on how to design future work through an in-depth evaluation of work practices and their outcomes within the Clinical Centre of Expertise for Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases at Perth Children’s Hospital (the Rare Care Centre). 


Closing date: Applications accepted at any time


For decades, compensation experts have advocated for the use of financial incentives to motivate work performance, yet organisations keep encountering performance issues caused by these incentives.


Using agency, expectancy, and self-determination theory, this research will help uncover the most important motivational mechanisms that explain how financial incentives influence performance. 

Testimonials from current and past students

"When I finished my Masters of IO, I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to do a PhD, or get out into the workplace to solve real problems.

One of the best aspects of doing a PhD at FOWI is that I can do both of these things at the same time. I receive great mentorship and guidance to develop my own research expertise, but I also get to conduct research that is impactful, multidisciplinary and collaborative.

For example, I’ve been involved in several industry and government collaborative projects. These opportunities have allowed me to apply my research skills in practical settings to solve real problems, and develop other skills through activities like industry presentations, running of workshops and research translation. This has made my PhD journey more meaningful, interesting and varied."

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Belinda Cham

"The Centre for Transformative Work Design is a place where work design is researched, understood and practiced. You can hardly ask for a better environment in which to learn and conduct research."

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Jia-xin Tay (Jay)

Some impactful research projects our students have undertaken

  • Work Design of the Future

  • Cognitive Modelling Human Factors Issues in Future Work

  • Supporting the attraction, retention and engagement of mature workers in organisations

  • The future of recruitment and selection: The job candidate experience

  • Remuneration practices that motivate employees

  • Motivating work teams: An emergence-based process model