PhD Scholarships in Engineering

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James Cook University
Townsville, QLD, Australia
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University/Academia/Research/Think tank
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Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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James Cook University (JCU) is an international University, which is recognized as a leading tertiary institution in Australia and is in the top 2% of universities in the world. JCU is inviting applications from eligible candidates for PhD scholarships under the Research Training Program (RTP) and James Cook University Postgraduate Research Stipends (JCUPRS) schemes.

College of Science and Engineering is one of the 6 Colleges of JCU and is the home of JCU's expertise in Marine Biology, Zoology, Aquaculture, Engineering, Physical Sciences, Earth Science and Environmental Management, which forms a strong grouping, uniquely placed to tackle the grand challenges facing the world, both fundamental research and application.

Engineering encompasses the disciplines of Civil, Chemical, Electrical and Electronics, Internet of Things (IoT) and Mechanical Engineering. JCU Engineering possess world-class facilities, with a multitude of significant industry and national/international collaboration. College of Science and Engineering is inviting applications for PhD Scholarships from both domestic and international students in any of the following Engineering research areas but not limited to these areas:

Materials Engineering:

Graphene, Polymer Thin Films, Biomaterials, Biomedical devices, Organic Semiconductors, Organic Photovoltaic Devices, Organic Field Effect Transistors, Organic LEDs, Theoretical and computational studies of organic electronics: molecular dynamics, charge transport, device optimization, Materials for Energy Applications, Battery materials, Microwave Pyrolysis.

Mechanical Engineering:

Computational fluid dynamics, environmental fluid mechanics, jet flows, buoyant flows, turbulent flows, multiphase flows, large-eddy simulation.

Natural convection, solar energy, biofuel, building ventilation and heating.

Finite element analysis, mechanical design to Australian Standards, metal fatigue, fracture mechanics, bulk materials handling and Lean manufacturing.

Civil Engineering:

Geotechnical Engineering - Mine backfilling, Soil internal erosion, Ground improvement, Slope monitoring, Numerical modeling.

Water resource engineering - Surface water and groundwater management; Saltwater intrusion in coastal aquifers, Characterization, and monitoring of groundwater contamination

Structural Engineering – Structural response to wind loading, Vulnerability assessments, Sustainable construction materials, Strengthening of aged infrastructure, Application of plastic and steel fibers in concrete.

Chemical Engineering:

Battery recycling technologies, Extractive metallurgy, Innovative process design, and developments.

Polymer Synthesis, Chemical Sensors, Complex Systems Risk Management, System Safety, Accident Analysis, Causal network analysis.

Electrical and Electronics Engineering:

Power Engineering, Smart grid, Renewable Energy, Waste to Energy Conversion, Organic Photovoltaics and Solar Cells, Power distribution and system integration, Neuromorphic VLSI Designs, Signal Processing, Biomedical devices and Smart Sensors.

Internet of Things (IoT) + Artificial Intelligence (AI):

Computer Vision, Image/Video Processing

IoT communication technologies: low power wide area networks, 5G mobile communications, wireless sensor networks

IoT data analytics

IoT applications

IoT-enabled smart agriculture

Near-infrared spectroscopy for quality assessment in food products

Sensor Fusion and Robotics

AI for Neuroscience

Potential applicants are encouraged to visit Engineering Staff List

Value and benefits

  • PhD stipend for 2021 is approximately $28,500 per annum (non-taxable) for up to 3.5  years with fully paid tuition fees, up to 4 years. College of Science and Engineering also will pay top-up scholarships and/or Overseas Students Health Cover (value $3500) to the top-ranked JCU scholarship candidates.
  • As a student in the college, you are eligible to apply for the Competitive Research      Training Grant
  • Sick, maternity and parenting leave are covered


Applicants must have one of the following:

  • A research Master’s degree
  • A coursework Masters' degree, or graduate diploma, which includes a research project or thesis of 6 months full time equivalent in duration
  • The equivalent of an Australian Honours Degree in the relevant area of research

Selection for scholarships is based on academic performance, paid/unpaid professional experience and published/accepted peer reviewed publications.  Only the top-ranked applicants in a scholarship round will be offered a Scholarship.

If your native language is not English you are required to demonstrate your English language proficiency (Band 2 or higher).

For more information on PhD Eligibility requirements please visit the web.

Application closing date

Applications for 2021 Scholarships close on 30 September 2020. Applicants can apply for candidature only (without a scholarship) at any time during the year

How to apply

1. Do you have a research project and a Primary Advisor in mind with whom you would like to work?  If not, you will need these before you apply.  You can contact a relevant academic staff member directly from the Engineering Staff List.

2. Establish contact with your preferred Advisor to confirm that they agree to take on the role.  Simply approach them by email in the first instance. Include your CV, past academic record, and relevant employment history.

3. If you can’t find a suitable supervisor, you can complete an expression of interest for a Higher Degree by Research and send it to who will liaise with a suitable PhD Supervisor and will get back to you. Please ensure that you have attached your CV along with the EOI.

4. Once your prospective Advisor has agreed to take on the role, complete APP-FORM-01 Higher Degree by Research Application Form with your prospective Advisor(s) and ensure that you have the required documentation ready.

5. Visit the Graduate Research School website for more information.  Go to the Doctor of Philosophy course page and complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

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