Scientia PhD scholarships

The Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme directly underpins the UNSW Strategy 2025 goals and will enrol up to 700 new PhD scholars of exceptional quality over the next 10 years.

UNSW’s 2025 Strategy states that our aspiration is to be recognised as an international exemplar in equity, diversity and inclusion.  Our aim is to achieve this by embracing the diversity and cultural richness of our communities; ensuring that our staff and students can achieve their full potential in a supportive and inclusive work environment. Our diversity commitment aligns to our strong sense of social responsibility and our belief that a diverse workforce enhances our ability to deliver world class research, teaching excellence and thought leadership. UNSW is committed to admitting and supporting candidates of high potential regardless of background. In particular, we aim to increase the intake and retention of indigenous candidates.

Candidates will be matched with our best researchers in targeted areas of research strength and with demonstrated excellence in supervision. Priority research areas are grouped under UNSW’s areas of research strengths. Interdisciplinary proposals linking two or more areas of research strength and proposals that incorporate engagement with end-users of research (knowledge exchange) are also included.

These prestigious scholarships includes:

  • a stipend of $40,000 per annum for four years
  • a support package of up to $10,000 per annum for support of development activities, international collaboration and other related expenses

For more information, please read the Guidelines or read the Frequently Asked Questions.

About the application process

  • Go to UNSW 2025 and click on the ‘Select Scientia PhD Scholarship’ button
  • Select a strategic area. You can select from UNSW 2025 Strategy priority areas or areas of UNSW research strength. Further information on these areas is available in the Guidelines and FAQs
  • Once you select an area, choose a research project from the drop-down list.  A detailed description of the research project and the supervisor contact information will be displayed
  • You must contact the supervisor to discuss the scholarship opportunity for this research topic by Friday, 11 November 2016
  • Supervisors will shortlist a maximum of two applicants for their research project by Monday, 14 November 2016, and these applicants will be sent an invitation to apply
  • The deadline for selected applicants to submit their application online is Monday, 12 December 2016

Engineering research areas, projects and supervisors

Strategic Area

Research project

Supervisor 

Biomedical Sciences

Experimentation & modelling of the wear behaviour of orthopaedic prosthesis

Guan Yeoh

Email

Biomedical Sciences

Polymeric drug carriers for precise and quantifiable delivery of payloads

Per Zetterlund

Email

Fundamental and Enabling Sciences

Towards exascale direct simulations of turbulent combustion in engines

Evatt Hawkes

Email 

Fundamental and Enabling Sciences

Integrating geometric modelling and analysis for engineering design

Chongmin Song

Email

ICT, Robotics and Devices

Network Methodologies for Optimising Smart Mobility

S Travis Waller

Email

ICT, Robotics and Devices

Robot Navigation in Unknown Dynamic Environments

Andrei Savkine

Email

ICT, Robotics and Devices

Program Analysis for Robotics Software Security

Jingling Xue

Email

ICT, Robotics and Devices

Big graph analytics

Xuemin Lin

Email

Interdisciplinary - Next Generation Materials and Technologies

Effect of polymeric nanoparticle shapes on cell uptake and transport

Cyrille Boyer

Email

Interdisciplinary - Next Generation Materials and Technologies

Multifunctional nanocomposites

Chun Wang

Email

Knowledge exchange - ICT, Robotics and Devices

Internet-of-Things Enabled Smart-Homes/Cities: Connect, Secure, Analyse

Vijay Sivaraman

Email

Knowledge exchange - Next Generation Materials and Technologies

Design of phononic crystal insulators for underwater acoustic absorption

Nicole Kessissoglou

Email 

Knowledge exchange - Water, Environment, Sustainability

New directions in recreational water quality monitoring for urban rivers

Stuart Khan

Email

Knowledge exchange - Water, Environment, Sustainability

Capacitive Deionisation Water Treatment for Ion Removal & Energy Recovery

David Waite

Email

Next Generation Materials and Technologies

Design & Manufacture of Hip Joint Prostheses Matching Human Bone Properties

Liangchi Zhang

Email

 

Next Generation Materials and Technologies

Conductive hydrogels in neural repair and regeneration

Penny Martens

Email

Next Generation Materials and Technologies

Metal organic frameworks for separation, sensing & microfluidic application

Vicki Chen

Email 

 

Next Generation Materials and Technologies

Control of Distributed Battery Energy Storage Systems

Jie Bao

Email 

Next Generation Materials and Technologies

Hot carrier cooling dynamics in semiconductor nanostructures for solar cells

Gavin Conibeer

Email

Next Generation Materials and Technologies

Unlocking the catalytic activity of metal oxides for CO2 reduction

Rose Amal

Email

Next Generation Materials and Technologies

Reliable performance assessment and robust optimal design for structures

Wei Gao

Email

Next Generation Materials and Technologies

3D Printed Aerogel Supercapacitors for Buffering of Photovoltaic Power

Alison Lennon

Email

Next Generation Materials and Technologies

High-efficiency Silicon Solar Cells

Darren Bagnall

Email

Water, Environment, Sustainability

Managing risk from hydrological extremes in a warming climate

Ashish Sharma

Email

Water, Environment, Sustainability

Increasing reliance in online monitoring sensors in water treatment plants

Pierre Le Clech

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