Building 4.0 CRC

  • Scholarship available

    Building 4.0 CRC PhD Scholarships are available for students pursuing research higher degrees in line with Building 4.0 CRC projects. Both Full and Top-Up Scholarships and project support funding are available for eligible students. Current funding amounts are:

    • Full Scholarships of up to $40,000 per annum. Term of stipend is 3 years with the option of a 6-month extension (on application and subject to university approval).
    • Top-Up Scholarships of $10,000 per annum to holders of existing scholarships, such as Research Training Program (RTP) or University Research Scholarships. This is funded yearly with renewal upon application.
    • Both Full and Top-Up Scholarship holders can apply for discretionary spend of $5-10k per annum (on application) for travel, conferences, materials, equipment, software, hardware, courses, thesis printing (2 copies), and other related expenditure.
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How to apply


Building 4.0 CRC is an industry-led research initiative co-funded by the Australian Government. The CRC aims to develop an internationally competitive, dynamic and thriving Australian advanced manufacturing sector, delivering better buildings at lower cost and the human capacity to lead the future industry.

Building 4.0 CRC was established as part of the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centre program in 2020. Through deep collaboration and new technologies of the 4th industrial age, Building 4.0 CRC will catapult the industry into an efficient, connected and customer-centric future. The CRC aims to capture new opportunities across the whole value chain in cooperation with government, research and industry organisations.

Our three integrated research programs will help to ensure that we deliver on:

  • new industry-wide culture, practices and standard protocols that will enable the transformation of the entire sector;
  • new building processes and techniques, leveraging the latest technologies, data science and AI;
  • and improvements to building “hardware” and processes and their interaction with our digital and sectoral programs to ultimately improve all aspects of the key building phases (development, design, production, assembly, operation, maintenance and end-of-life).

We are also creating pathways for future employees to develop new, tech-focused skills through a deep understanding of the industry’s needs and culture.

Furthermore, Building 4.0 CRC’s research projects will place Australia at the forefront of global developments in the advanced manufacture of buildings.

Expectation of PhD students funded by CRC

  • Students will be invited to attend and present posters at the annual conference.
  • Students may be asked to assist in the running of the annual conference and other research and outreach initiatives.
  • Student engagement in part-time work will need to be agreed with supervisors and the CRC.
  • Students will be a member of a PhD Cohort with the opportunity for peer learning from other disciplines.
  • Students may be assigned to one or more projects.
  • A student’s PhD topic must align with CRC objectives.
  • Students are to acknowledge the CRC (and the CRC Program support) in their thesis, publications and any presentation of their work.
  • Students will request CRC approval prior to any publication or presentation.

Building 4.0 CRC research is heavily driven by the needs of the CRC partners, comprising building, construction and manufacturing companies and government agencies within the building industry. Support from Building 4.0 CRC industry partner objectives and ideas is critical to the PhD application and assessment process.

The process is designed to ensure that the project aligns with CRC partner needs, and must be addressed at the start of project development stage. As well as providing support for the application, Building 4.0 CRC partners may be able to provide in-kind support for research project activities – such as access to personnel, provision of materials and equipment, and data/software support. Further to this, CRC-supported students are encouraged to maintain contact with industry partners over the life of the project.


  • Students will have international and domestic travel opportunities.
  • Students will be provided with value-add workshops in the areas of thesis writing, scientific writing, project management IP, careers, finances/budgets, media training, and networking where practical.
  • Students will have the opportunity to attend seminars and symposiums.
  • Students will be provided with industry mentors where practical.