PhD and MPhil scholarships: Value-added cobalt refining technologies powering advanced batteries


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. Single Overseas Student Health Cover ($3800)
Scholarship duration PhD: three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances. MPhil: two years
Opening date 13 March 2020
Closing date 6 April 2020


The scholarship is provided through a CRC-P project sponsored by Pure Battery Technologies along with IntDesign and Cronimet. The research will involve experimental research aimed to lower the cost of battery production through processing intermediate cobalt products and recycled lithium ion batteries as well as to develop an understanding of the effects of impurities on Li ion battery performance and failure mechanisms.

This project can possibly include 1 PhD candidate and 1 MPhil candidate.


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 be considered for this scholarship, please email the following documents to Associate Professor James Vaughan (

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Academic transcript/s
  • Evidence for meeting UQ's English language proficiency requirements eg TOEFL, IELTS

Please note the following: Submitting the above documents does not constitute a full application for admission into The University of Queensland's PhD program. If you are selected as the preferred applicant, you will then be invited to submit a full application for admission. You can familiarise yourself with the documents required for this process on the Graduate School's website.

Selection criteria

The applicants should hold a degree in metallurgical, chemical or materials engineering. Demonstrated research experience in the areas of hydrometallurgy, electrochemistry and Li ion batteries is desirable.

Applications are closed.


Associate Professor James Vaughan
+61 7 3365 3850
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.