Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students and Current students

Study area

Engineering, Science, technology and engineering and mathematics

What you'll receive

  • An annual living allowance of AU$28,597 for three years, indexed annually
  • The scholarship is for full-time study and can be used to support living costs.
  • A six-month extension to the scholarship is also possible, subject to approval by QUT.
  • Successful international students will be considered for a HDR tuition fee sponsorship, if successful in receiving the scholarship.


You must:

  • meet QUT academic and English language entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy (IF49)
  • have recently completed degree in materials science & engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry or physics
  • first-class honours (H1) or equivalent
  • minimum GPA requirement: 5.5
  • an alignment with a particular research centre.

The provision of a scholarship is conditional on successful application and admission to the IF49 Doctor of Philosophy course. Eligibility for admission to a research degree is determined by the Graduate Research Centre.

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions to Australia, this scholarship is open to students who are currently in Australia.

How to apply

Future students

Please contact Professor Cheng Yan with below documents:

  • Covering letter which demonstrates that you meet the requirements for the PhD program and addressing the desired skills and attributes.
  • Curriculum vitae detailing education, professional experience, research experience, publications, and relevant competencies.
  • Complete academic record (including GPA scores/grades and grading scale details).
  • Names and contact details of two referees.

Current students

Please email Professor Cheng Yan including your curriculum vitae (published papers or research reports)

What happens next?

Applications will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

Future student:

  1. You will need to follow the how to apply steps outlined at
  2. You must submit your expression of interest (EOI).
  3. Apply for the scholarship in your EOI by:
  • nominating Prof Cheng Yan as your principal supervisor; and
  • in the financial details section, enter the details of this scholarship at question 2.
  1. If your EOI is accepted you will be invited to submit a full application including a research proposal to finalise your application.

Current students:

The successful applicant will be notified by email.


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).

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions to Australia, this scholarship is open to students who are currently in Australia.

About the scholarship

Project title

Development of advanced electrode materials for high performance Li-ion batteries


The rapid growth in the automobile and energy sector has aroused a great demand for high-performance Li-ion batteries (LIBs) with high energy density. Currently available commercial lithium-ion batteries do not satisfy the increasing demands of portable electronic devices and electric vehicles, due to low energy densities, safety issues and high cost. High-capacity electrode materials such as Si and Li metal have been confirmed as promising anode materials. On the other hand, among the existing commercial cathode materials, the layered nickel-rich material has the highest specific capacity.  However, large volume expansion, particle cracking and dendrite growth associated with these materials often cause mechanical deformation, material degradation. The project aims to solve these coupled chemo-mechanical problems through advanced material characterization and modelling. The expected outcomes will help develop next generation batteries and fill the key knowledge gaps in broad energy materials.

Research Opportunities

The PhD project will be conducted within the School of MMPE and QUT Centre for Materials Science. The successful candidates will receive training in the materials and electrochemical characterisation, and/or mechanical characterisation and numerical modeling. The candidate will be involved in broad collaboration with top local and overseas research organization.

Domestic candidates should have an Honours degree or equivalent in Materials Engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry or physics (or related disciplines).  International candidates will be considered if they have attained a Masters degree (by course work or by research) and have published at least one journal paper.

For further information, please contact:

Professor Cheng Yan

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