Scholarships

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)

The Zema Energy Studies Scholarship has been established to honour the memory of AEMO’s founding Chief Executive Officer, energy reform leader and Monash alumnus Matt Zema, and is designed to support the next generation of leaders to meet Australia's energy sector challenges. It is created with the support of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council and in partnership with Monash University.

The Zema Scholarship aims to create a cohort of energy professionals with advanced multidisciplinary knowledge across Engineering, IT and Business/ Economics. The PhD program is intended to deepen student’s expertise, unlock their full leadership potential and help them gain exposure to Australia’s national energy industry.

The scholarship provides a $35,000 per annum stipend and will support the successful applicant for the approved duration of their PhD candidature, to a maximum of three-and-a-half 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.

Multidisciplinary

You will be working with supervisors from the business and economics, engineering, and information technology faculties 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.

Leadership

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. Express your interest by 18 September 2020
  3. Find a prospective academic supervisor from an academic in the Faculty of Engineering, IT or Business and Economics
  4. Seek and receive invitation to apply letter from an academic supervisor
  5. Apply for a scholarship specifying your application for the 'Zema' award by 31 October 2020
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.

On 23 July 2016, AEMO's inaugural Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Matt Zema tragically passed away during his eighth year of leadership.

Matt's accomplishments throughout his 30 years in the energy industry are many and long-lasting. His incredible contribution to the energy industry is unparalleled and all those who knew him remember Matt as an exceptional and visionary leader.

From 1999 to 2008, Matt was CEO of the Victorian Energy Networks Corporation (VENCorp), which was responsible for operating the principal transmission system for gas in Victoria and for the planning, procurement and augmentation of the Victorian electricity transmission network. Matt successfully led VENCorp through a number of complex emergency events, such as the gas supply disruption from the Longford incident in September 1999, and electricity supply issues in January 2007 due to severe bushfires and in April 2008 due to damaging storms.

Prior to this, Matt worked in general management roles with PowerNet Victoria, GPU PowerNet and GPU International, extending himself beyond the strong engineering foundation he had built at the State Electricity Commission of Victoria from 1983. He progressed quickly with exposure to regulatory management issues, IT, and people leadership and development.

Matt was appointed inaugural MD and CEO of AEMO in 2009, leading the transformation of the newly established entity, and building its reputation as a trusted, respected, independent resource for policymakers and industry.

Call for PhD candidates

One of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals is to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

Over 1 billion people are estimated to be living completely off the grid while another 1 billion are under-electrified with access to intermittent and unreliable supply. While emerging nations make up the majority of people without reliable energy access, many developed nations including Australia find it challenging to provide affordable and clean energy to citizens.

Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all is complex challenge that we are actively working towards.

We are offering interdisciplinary PhD positions and welcome prospective students to express their interest and discuss potential research topics with prospective supervisors listed below.  Monash University Graduate Scholarships (MGS) are available to qualifying domestic and international candidates.



Prof. Robert Thomson

Dr Roger Dargaville

Prof. Patrick Olivier

Dr Sarah Goodwin

Prof. Frada Burstein

A/ Prof. Srinivas Sridharan

Expression of Interest

To express your interest email one of the supervisor(s) listed.  Please ensure that you include:

  • A brief statement outlining why you are interested in this program (200 words or less)
  • Your proposed research topic or interest area (200 words or less)
  • If you have a scholarship or are able and willing to self-fund your study
  • If you wish to apply for a MGS
  • Whether or not you meet the candidate requirements listed below.

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

Opportunities

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

Enquiries

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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