Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students

Study area

Engineering, Science, technology and engineering and mathematics

Eligibility criteria

Academic performance

What you'll receive

The successful applicant will receive a living allowance for three years, indexed annually, at the RTP rate ($28,092 in 2020). 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.

International students will also receive a tuition fee sponsorship. Scholarship conditions will be governed by QUTPRA rules.


You must:

  • meet QUT academic and english language entry requirements
  • hold a bachelor’s degree with first- or second-class honours (Division A) or a master’s degree highly awarded. These degrees should incorporate a significant research component in either mechanical engineering, biomechanics, or related degrees
  • essential skills include strong knowledge in rigid-multibody dynamics, solid mechanics and basic knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy and function
  • evidence of competent work with programming languages, such as Python, MATLAB or C++, and finite element method (e.g ANSYS, FEBio, ABAQUS) is required.

How to apply

Email your expression of interest to A/Prof. Saulo Martelli:

Your EOI must include:

  • cover letter
  • curriculum vitae or resume
  • your academic transcripts
  • english language test results
  • details of two referees

If your EOI is accepted you will be invited to submit a full application to QUT:

What happens next?

Applications close no later than September 30, 2020.
For more information about the scholarship or application process please contact A/Prof. Saulo Martelli:


A full-time PhD scholarship is open for domestic and/or international students at the School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering (SMMPE) of the Queensland University of Technology, Garden Point campus, Brisbane QLD, Australia.

About the scholarship

Title: Intrinsically stable knee reconstruction surgery

Brief summary: The early onset of osteoarthritis in knee ligament reconstruction surgery and the stability complication in total knee replacements have been attributed to differences between the motion in the healthy and operated knee. The project will develop methods for repristinating the healthy knee motion in knee reconstruction surgery. The project will leverage on an ongoing data collection funded by the Australian Research Council (DP180103146) and will use numerical and experimental methods for developing, testing, and deploying the new technology.

Supervisory team: S. Martelli, P. Pivonka.

The scholarship is funded by SMMPE and the Australian Research Council (DP180103146).

The incumbent will be part of a leading international research team at SMMPE and will work in close collaboration with partner industries.


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