MPhil scholarship: Advanced preconditioning and fragmentation


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
Scholarship value $28,092 per annum tax-free (2020 rate), indexed annually
Scholarship duration Two years
Opening date 8 April 2020
Closing date 10 May 2020


This is an industry funded project that focuses on the development of novel mining techniques involving the implementation of explosive induced preconditioning and fragmentation. The project is part of an international consortium funded by the BHP group in collaboration with Stanford Research Institute (USA) and Imperial College. Knowledge and developments from this project can be transferred to the optimisation of conventional open pit and underground operations where preconditioning and fragmentation techniques are implemented in order to maximise downstream productivity, increase recovery and minimise energy consumption.


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

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

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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.

Before submitting an application you should:

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  1. Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  2. Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  3. Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘FRAGMENTATIONin the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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The information you provide in your application is collected for the purposes of (1) assessing your eligibility for this scholarship, (2) selecting scholarship recipients, and (3) administration of the scholarship. The University of Queensland will disclose the information you provide to the BHP Group for the stated purposes. The University will not otherwise disclose the information to a third party without your consent, unless such disclosure is authorised or required by law.  For further information, please refer to the University’s Privacy Management Policy at

Selection criteria

Candidate should demonstrate excellence in academic achievement as evidenced by CGPA, rank within class. Background in Civil, Mining, Mechanical, Geotechnical or Geological Engineering. Programming and analytical skills are essential. Background in numerical modelling associated with explosive induced fracturing and fragmentation is desirable. The candidate must also demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research.  

Applications are closed.


Associate Professor Italo Onederra
+61 7 3365 4780
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.