Recycling coal fired power station ash for mine reclamation: A climate change adaptation technology - PhD Scholarship


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Agriculture and Environment, Engineering and Computing, Science and Mathematics
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $35,000 per annum
Scholarship duration Up to 3 years
Opening date 16 October 2019
Closing date 17 November 2019

Scholarship description

Fly ash is a waste product of burning coal in power stations. About 800 million tons of ash is generated globally each year in the process of electricity generation. Disposal of coal ash can have adverse effects on the environment. On the other hand, a) burning coal in power stations is a major source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and b) mined lands, surface and groundwater resources are also affected by the negative consequences of mining. Examples of such effects include acid or saline drainage generated from the disposal of waste rocks and mine tailings.  

However, there is an opportunity to utilise coal ash to mitigate climate change effects and the negative impacts of mining. The overall aim of this project is to develop an innovative and integrated climate change adaptation technology to address GHG emissions, mine waste management and reclamation for the coal mining industry.

The project includes literature review, laboratory adsorption and leaching tests, data analysis, and writing research report.

The outcome of this project has the potential to provide national economic, environmental, and social benefits for Australia by contributing to Australia’s adaptation to climate change. The candidate will work in a multidisciplinary team of researchers in the Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation at the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI), within The University of Queensland.

View information about this scholarship on the Queensland Resources Council's website.

Applications are closed.

Before you apply

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How to apply

To be considered for this scholarship, please email the following documents to Dr Mehdi Azadi (  

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Academic transcript/s

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

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

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Dr Mehdi Azadi
+61 435 899 960
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Terms and conditions

This scholarship is funded by the Queensland Resources Coucil. 

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