PhD scholarships: Minerals and Energy Resources Processing


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, Tuition Scholarship
Scholarship value $28,854 per annum (2022 rate), indexed annually
Scholarship duration 3.5 years with the possibility of 1 extension in line with UQ and RTP Scholarship Policy
Number awarded 2
Opening date 28 September 2021
Closing date 19 October 2021


Supervisor - Professor Yongjun Peng

This is a successful project awarded under Round 3 Global Innovation Linkages program which provides funding to help Australian businesses and researchers collaborate with global partners. The project addresses persistent froth which normally occurs in minerals and energy resources processing and presents both operational challenges and safety risks. 

The two PhD students will conduct fundamental research to guide the two postdoctoral research fellows who will apply the new patented de-aeration technologies to break persistent froth. One PhD student will study the rheology of coal, mineral and bitumen froths subjected to physical forces and pressure changes. The second PhD student will study how chemicals modify the interfacial properties of coal, mineral and bitumen froths. The two PhD students will work within a large project team consisting of professors, research fellows and industry experts from three countries. The two PhD students may participate in the trainings and field trials in three countries.

A working knowledge of minerals or energy resources processing would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

Research Environment

The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. For more than a century, we have been bringing together outstanding educators, researchers and innovators – across a range of disciplines – to inspire the next generation and to advance ideas that can benefit the world. Today, UQ is ranked among the world’s leading universities and we are consistently recognised as one of the top 5 universities in Australia. 

The School of Chemical Engineering is an international leader in the chemical engineering field and has an excellent reputation, built over 100 years at The University of Queensland. We deliver quality programs and leadership in chemical engineering education, research and development, and expert consulting to support the process industries. Undergraduate teaching within the School focuses on the disciplines of chemical, bioprocess, biomedical, environmental and metallurgical engineering and postgraduate programs are available in growing fields including water, sustainable energy, bioprocess and biomedical engineering. The School’s project-centered curriculum has been recognised as an international exemplar of engineering education. Worldwide, UQ Chemical Engineering was ranked 45th in the QS World University Rankings 2021 for Chemical Engineering. Central to the School’s success are our staff, specifically the academic, research and professional staff. They are engaged in pioneering teaching and research crossing traditional disciplinary boundaries, mindful of their role in addressing the big challenges that lie ahead.

Catalysed by our move to a new home for Chemical Engineering at UQ in 2021, the soon to be completed eleven story, state-of-the-art Andrew N. Liveris Building, the School is entering an exciting growth and rejuvenation phase. We are wanting to recruit people who are passionate and committed to building on our long-standing acknowledged successes in cutting-edge teaching and learning, research impact and industry and public sector engagement, to further increase our local and international impact in learning and discovery in chemical engineering. 


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

This scholarship is open to Australian citizens, permanent residents and International students who are currently in Australia at the time of application and commencement.

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 ‘MINERALS-PENGin the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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Selection criteria

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant’s previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of chemical engineering or resource processing or a relevant field  and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of minerals or energy resources processing is highly desirable.

Applications are closed.


Professor Yongjun Peng
+61 7 3365 7156
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.