Scholarship details

Study levels

Postgraduate and Research

Student type

Future students

Study area

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 will 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 (MMPE) of the Queensland University of Technology, Garden Point campus, Brisbane QLD, Australia.

This scholarship will be governed by QUT Postgraduate Research Award (QUTPRA)

About the scholarship

Title: Micromechanics of the human femur during normal activity

Brief summary: Bone is a lightweight structure that adapts in time to support habitual loads through a dense cortical shell and an intricate trabecular network to best support daily loads while minimizing weight. The present project aims at understanding how variation on microstructural organization contribute to support. The study will combine high-resolution microstructural images, finite-element modelling, and human motion experiments. This information will support the development of targeted exercise interventions for bone health and to optimized orthopedic devices.

Supervisory team: S. Martelli, P. Pivonka, E. Pickering

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

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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