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

You'll 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 degree with first- or second-class honours (Division A) or a masters degree highly awarded. These degrees should incorporate a significant research component in either mechanical engineering, biomechanics, or related degrees
  • have a strong knowledge in rigid-multibody dynamics and solid mechanics, and a basic knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy and function
  • demonstrate evidence of competent work with programming languages, such as Python, MATLAB or C++, and finite element method (e.g ANSYS, FEBio, ABAQUS).

How to apply

Email your expression of interest to Associate Professor Saulo Martelli.

You must include:

  • a cover letter
  • a curriculum vitae or resume
  • your academic transcripts
  • any English language test results
  • details of two referees.

If your expression of interest is accepted you will be invited to submit a full application to QUT.

How to apply for a research degree

What happens next?

Applications will close no later than 30 September 2020.


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

About the scholarship

Project details

The incumbent will be part of a leading international research team at QUT's School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering, and will work in close collaboration with partner industries.

The scholarship is funded by the School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering, and the Australian Research Council.


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

  • Saulo Martelli
  • Peter Pivonka
  • E. Pickering

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