Scholarship for a Newcrest-funded PhD project in Hydrometallurgy


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 Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances
Opening date 15 February 2020
Closing date 30 September 2020


Australia is a world leader in production of many mineral commodities including iron ore, lithium, alumina, copper, nickel, cobalt and zinc. We are seeking research higher degree candidates who wish to contribute to the development of hydrometallurgical processing technologies for these commodities through experimental and mathematical modelling studies of selected aspects of the chemical and physical phenomenon occurring in these processes. This project supported by Newcrest, one of the world’s largest gold producers, provides an exciting opportunity to undertake fundamental and applied research studies while working closely with industry. The project is related to pressure oxidation of gold-bearing sulphide mineral feed. Pressure oxidation is used to chemically liberate gold from the sulphide matrix making it available for subsequent cyanidation. The project will investigate approaches to improve the process with respect to impurity and gangue mineral interactions which are costly to the operation. Newcrest runs a pressure oxidation facility at their Lihir operation in Papua New Guinea.


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

Applicants should hold a degree in metallurgical, minerals, chemical or materials engineering. Relevant experience in research & development is desirable.  

Applications are closed.


Associate Professor James Vaughan
+61 7 3365 3850
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Terms and conditions

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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.