Materials engineering PhD scholarship


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Engineering and Computing
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship, Top-up Scholarship
Scholarship value Base stipend of $28,092 per annum tax-free (2020 rate), indexed annually. A top-up scholarship of $6000 to $10000 per annum tax-free may be awarded in addition to the base stipend.
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances.
Opening date 13 September 2019
Closing date 21 October 2019

Scholarship description

The PhD project will be conducted within the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering working on an industry funded project to understand fracture mechanisms of high strength steel cords during manufacturing process.  The project aims to investigate and understand the fracture causes of the steel rods/wires during manufacturing of the high grade steel cords through failure analysis and microstructural and defects characterization using innovative techniques, including computational simulation.  Together with the new scientific knowledge generated from the fundamental studies on microalloying of the cord steels with other solutes and on cementite dissolution during cold drawing, new techniques/methods to solve this long-standing problem will be proposed and initially validated.

The successful candidates will receive training in the physical metallurgy of metals, manufacturing of steels, advanced materials characterization technologies, and in the required laboratory measurement techniques. 


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

Applications are closed.

Before you apply

If this scholarship has rules, download and read them before applying.

How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow the link on the upper right of this page. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Prior to applying, check your eligibility and prepare your documentation.

You should also contact Professor Mingxing Zhang ( to discuss your suitability for this scholarship prior to submitting an application.

Please ensure that you

  1. select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'
  2. enter in the free-text field ‘zhang'
  3. list the enrolling unit as the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
  4. enter Professor Mingxing Zhang as your supervisor

Selection criteria

Domestic candidates should have an Honours degree or equivalent in Materials Engineering, mechanical engineering (or related disciplines).    All candidates must meet the requirements of admission into the PhD program (  Applicants should also be eligible for an Australian government-funded or UQ-founded Scholarship or equivalent ( 


For the project to be applied for, the student will be required to have and/or develop the following knowledge, skills and attributes: 

  • Sound knowledge of the science and engineering of metals, steels in particular. 
  • Capacity to participate in production of experimental iron, steel and aluminium castings in the University’s experimental foundry, taking part in quality assurance and traceability monitoring. 
  • Well-developed laboratory and practical skills, including safe operation of rotating equipment, accurate measurements and data recording. 
  • Capacity to participate in field trials at remote steel manufacturing sites, liaising with site personnel and taking detailed on-site measurements of worn multi-specimen test plates. 
  • Ability to operate TEM, SEM and EDS instruments. 
  • Demonstrable commitment to good practice in data management. 
  • Ability to communicate technical concepts and the logical “story” of the project in clearly written English. 

Previous research and/or industry experience in fields of steels would be viewed favourably. 

Candidates will also need to be aware of and comply with legislation and University policy relevant to the duties undertaken, including:

Applications are closed.


Professor Mingxing Zhang
+61 7 3346 8709
Applications are closed.

Terms and conditions

Read the policy on UQ Research Scholarships.

A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.

Applications are closed.