Urban flood modelling at speed and scale (PhD Scholarship)

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Brisbane QLD, Australia 🇦🇺

What you’ll receive

You’ll receive a scholarship, tax exempt and indexed annually of $28,854 per annum for a period of three years, with a possible 6 month extension, subject to satisfactory progress.

If you’re an international student, you will also receive either:

  • an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) fees offset (International)
  • a QUT research degree (HDR) tuition fee scholarship.

As the scholarship recipient, you will have the opportunity to work with a team of leading researchers and undertake your own innovative research in and across the field of flood management.


To apply for this scholarship, you must meet the entry requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at QUT, including any English language requirements for international students.

You must also enrol as a full-time, internal student.

How to apply

You must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for consideration to apply for this scholarship.

How to apply for a research degree

Your application must indicate that you are applying for this specific scholarship in the financial details section of the EOI. Please ensure you enter the name of this scholarship at question 2, and have Prof Ana Deletic nonimated as your proposed supervisor.

For more information about the application process, please contact [email protected].

For more information about the projects available, please contact Dr Maziar Gholami Korzani.

What happens next?

Expressions of Interest will be reviewed by an academic panel, and shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview prior to being to submit a full application for admission to QUT.


The conditions for retaining the scholarship are set out in the rules of the QUT Postgraduate Research Award (Domestic) or QUT Postgraduate Research Award (International).

About the scholarship

Frequent floods in urban areas cause damages comparable to extreme floods. This is likely to intensify with future urbanisation and climate change. Although Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) offers sustainable urban drainage solutions, there are no models that can select an optimal WSUD system to deliver on a set urban flood mitigation target. The project aims to develop a new generation of fast urban flood models and the first-of-its-kind WSUD planning tool to support industry and governments to effectively reduce urban flooding damages. The project outcomes are also applicable for advancing early warning systems and real-time control of floods.

This project would particularly suit a candidate who is interested in applying and advancing their quantitative skills to solve challenging urban flood problems. The project will build upon and expand your skillset by involving a combination of the following: development of a hybrid (data-driven and finite-volume numerical) flood model, numerical simulation and computational methods, and Deep Neural Nets (DNN) as a surrogate for a physically-based model. Experience in coding in a relevant programming language (e.g. MATLAB, Python, C++) would be advantageous.

You will gain experience in working and communicating with researchers from multiple disciplines outside of your field. You will also attend relevant national and international conferences.

This project is funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project.

For further information, please contact Dr Maziar Gholami Korzani.