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Anita B. Lawrence Ph.D. Scholarship on Acoustics




Scholarship in Acoustics

Anita Lawrence is an Associate Professor who graduated as the university’s first female architect in 1955. She was the first woman to receive a University Medal from UNSW and was granted a Bachelor of Architect with First Class Honors before she began her 32-year teaching career at UNSW where she specialized in acoustics and design.

She was one of the founding members of the Australian Acoustical Society.

 The cities become denser thus much noise impacts living and working nearby magnified. The operations of a 24/7 city encroach on the amenity of our urban environments on a daily basis While regulations can go some way to manage the urban noise impacts of heavy traffic, noise from building plants and equipment, or noise neighbors in our urban environment, good design is also critical to the management of unwanted noise externally as well as within our building interiors, in co-working spaces, restaurants and between neighboring apartments for instance.


Candidates with significant industry experience as the above are encouraged to apply. In addition to the potential areas below, other topics are welcome.

Potential areas of focus

Impacts of noise on human health and well-being

  • Environmental noise – external and internal noise sources
  • Policy impacts of noise in the building environment

Amelioration and mitigation of noise impacts

  • Policy impacts of noise in the built environment
  • Planning
  • Design (Soundscapes)
  • Construction


  • Implications for the design of the future workspaces
  • Monitoring and visualizing data
  • Modeling of soundscapes
  • External creation of sound to enliven spaces that people like (curated soundscapes)
  • Sounds to ameliorate unwanted noise, for instance, water

Post-occupancy evaluation (PoE)

  • Effectiveness of measures
  • Current practice and implications for better practice


Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited higher degree research course of study at UNSW.

The scholarship is available to full-time and part-time applicants only.

The duration and payment of the scholarship will be pro-rata if awarded to an existing and/or part-time candidate.

Selection criteria

Selection is based on the following

Academic merit

Research interest and/or academic career in acoustics with a focus on architectural acoustics and noise control in buildings and community noise.

How to Apply:

A formal application should be emailed to

The application should include the following

  • Your CV
  • Copy or copies of your academic transcript
  • A statement of purpose stating your reason for applying
  • How do you meet the eligibility criteria (Using your qualification, abilities, and others)
  • Your longer-term goals
  • Names of two academic referees
  • A sample of written work appropriate for an academic audience (For instance, Undergraduate dissertation, peer-reviewed journal article, etc.)

Note: All essays should be 1-2 pages.

Also note that you will be required to submit an expression of interest for admission into the Ph.D. at the UNSW Faculty of Arts, Design, and Architecture.

Please email Professor Deo Prasad at for further information

Scholarship benefit (Brief)

  • The scholarship will be paid as a stipend for general living costs at $30,000 per annum.
  • A research allowance of $5,000 per annum
  • The above amounts will be payable in 3.5 years.

A scholarship will be held in conjunction with a Tuition fee scholarship (TFS) if the recipient is an international student.

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