PhD scholarship: Understanding Rock-Fluids Interaction in Shale Gas Reservoirs


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 (2020 rate), indexed annually
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances
Opening date 1 July 2020
Closing date 16 November 2020


We are seeking a full-time, highly motivated PhD candidate to perform high-quality research in the field of shale gas extraction. The successful candidate will be working under the supervision of Dr Zhongwei Chen at the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering. The candidate will join a multidisciplinary team in partnership with industry partners. This scholarship is funded by the Australian Research Council Discovery Projects scheme.

Australia’s shale gas reserves are expected to be sizeable, but many Australian shales have different characteristics from North American ones – meaning that their successful shale gas development experience cannot be directly applied to Australian reservoirs. The main objectives of this PhD project are to conduct systematic microstructural, geomechanical and geochemical characterisation of shale samples using cutting edge facilities, to develop novel experimental methods to quantify the response of shale permeability to a number of key parameters such as in-situ stress and water, and to visualise fluid flow in nanopores validated by direct experimental observations. An assessment of the potential shale gas production in areas like Cooper Basin will also be carried out using the in-house reservoir simulator with the integration of available field data collected at the exploration wells.


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

Applications are closed.

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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 ‘SHALE GASin the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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Selection criteria

The successful applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of civil or geotechnical engineering, mining or petroleum engineering, material engineering, chemical engineering, or geology or other related disciplines.

A background or knowledge of computational fluid dynamics and use of modelling packages is highly desirable.

Applications are closed.


Dr Zhongwei Chen
+61 7 3365 3742
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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.