Monash University Graduate Scholarships

Monash University offers generous scholarships to support you and your graduate research, so you can focus on ideas and people that will change the world. It is open to domestic and international students.

For more details, please visit Monash Graduate Research Scholarships

Generously supported by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)

Established in memory of the founding AEMO CEO and Monash alumnus, Matt Zema, this prestigious PhD scholarship program supports PhD research focused on Australia’s energy markets to build adaptive capabilities of those markets and the underlying infrastructure.

The program’s purpose is to ease Australia’s energy transition in the context of resource constraints, energy reforms, decentralisation and new digital capabilities and build adaptive capabilities of those markets and the underlying infrastructure.

Selection will take alignment with issues relating to resource constraints, energy reforms, decentralisation and new digital capitals into account.

This generous scholarship will provide a $35,000 per annum stipend and will support the successful applicant for the approved duration of their PhD candidature (to a maximum of 3.5 years).

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be an Australian citizen or Permanent Resident. Females and Indigenous Australians are particularly encouraged to apply.


You will be working with supervisors from the Faculties of Business and Economics, Engineering, and Information Technology to explore and solve pressing energy problems.

Industry Focused

This program provides a unique opportunity to work collaboratively with the energy sector, enabling you to establish an industry presence and develop leadership networks.


Matt is remembered as a strong, intelligent and passionate leader. This scholarship empowers you to build on your passion, gain exposure, and contribute to the energy community.

Research areas

Links to information about research areas in:

How to apply

  1. Check your eligibility
  2. Find a prospective academic supervisor from an academic in the Faculty of Engineering, IT or Business and Economics
  3. Seek an invitation to apply letter from an academic supervisor
  4. Apply for a scholarship specifying your application for the 'Zema' award.
Matt Zema

Matt Zema

As the founding CEO of AEMO, Matt Zema epitomised the spirit of energy sector reform leadership, bringing a passion for customer-centred reform, first to Victoria, and then nationally.

Under his leadership, gas and electricity markets and energy transmission grids, from far-north Queensland to Tasmania and Western Australia, benefited from rigorous, wide-ranging analysis and forward-looking exploration of the challenge of transforming Australia’s national energy system.

Matt’s tragic death in 2016 stands to remind us of the high value effective energy reform leaders bring to Australia’s economy, businesses and communities.

Matt graduated from Monash University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical)

Take a look at the Woodside Monash Energy Partnership

The world is grappling with the need to meet growing energy demands, in cleaner ways.

The Woodside Monash Energy  Partnership aims to accelerate this
energy transition by bringing exceptional people together and driving innovation across the following key areas:

  • New energy technologies
  • Novel carbon capture, conversion and utilisation solutions
  • Energy policy and markets
  • Materials
  • Information technology


We are looking for individuals who want to work in an active and dynamic, multi-disciplinary team environment, get industry exposure and address global industry energy challenges.

This opportunity offers a top-up* to successful scholarship recipients, including Monash Graduate Research scholarship recipients**.

We are also offering Post-Doctorate projects and Internship Opportunities for Undergraduate and Master students

Students will have research topics that relate to disciplines in one or more of the four participating faculties: Engineering, Science, Business and Economics, and Information Technology.

Students can elaborate one of the topics listed below. We also welcome expressions of interest from students who propose their own relevant PhD topics.

*Top-ups of up to AU$7,500 per annum are available to multiple students
**The Monash Graduate Research scholarship stipend is valued at up to AU$27,872 per annum

Expression of Interest


To Apply

Scholarships for the following research topics may be on offer to students who are graduate scholarship recipients. including MGS, RTP, self-funded.

Scholarships for these research topics are conditional upon applying for a graduate scholarship.

Research topics per faculty with the ability to upload a document or link to a PhD application online.

For more information please contact the supervisor in charge of your topic.

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