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)

Monash University and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) launched the Zema Energy Studies Scholarship in March 2019, a world-class PhD program to develop the nation’s future energy leaders.

The 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 was created with the support of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council and in partnership with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).

The Zema Scholarship aims to create a cohort of energy professionals with advanced multidisciplinary knowledge across engineering, IT and business and 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.

Call for PhD candidates - Become a Zema Scholar

The prestigious PhD scholarship opportunity will empower you to build on your passion, gain exposure, and contribute to the energy community. You will work with supervisors from the engineering, information technology, and business & economics faculties to explore and solve pressing energy problems. And you will work collaboratively with the energy sector, enabling you to establish an industry presence and develop leadership networks.

Submit your application before 31 October 2021.


How to apply

Potential research areas and supervisors

These are example projects listed under the Zema Energy Studies Scholarship. If you would like to contact a supervisor and design an energy related research project, this would be considered. Multidisciplinary projects will be given priority.

Links to information about research areas in engineering, information technology, and business & economics.

Zema Scholarship past recipients

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.

Read more about why doing a PhD - PhD 2.0 – Industry partnership, social impact and commercial success



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.

Take a look at the Woodside Monash Energy Partnership

The Woodside Monash Energy Partnership is a major research partnership between Monash University and Woodside Energy to progress energy solutions for a lower carbon future.

Scholarships are available for research that is aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and to the strategic research themes of the Woodside Monash Energy Partnership.

Research Themes:

  • New Energy Technologies
  • Carbon Capture, Conversion and Utilisation
  • Energy Leadership

For more information visit:  
https://www.monash.edu/woodside/energy-partnership/work-with-us/scholarships

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.

RACE for 2030 CRC | Smart Charging Strategies for Electric Vehicles in Smart Grids

Primary supervisor

Adel Nadjaran Toosi

Co-supervisors

  • Ariel Liebman
  • Peter Pudney (University of South Australia)
  • Simon English (Enzen)

Research area

Data Engineering

Short description

The global adoption of electric vehicles (EV) expanded notably over the last decade, created opportunities for grid integration through flexible charging and vehicle to grid. This project aims to develop solutions that will help EV Owners and Fleet Managers with smart charging/discharging decisions and aggregation of EV resources to support the grid.

Project description

The flexibility offered by the grid-tied EVs will allow electricity providers to harness the massive storage capacity through opportunities such as flexible smart charging, virtual power plants, and vehicle to grid or vehicle to premises. However, these impose many challenges to the EV owners and grid managers.

This project aims to develop strategies that will help EV owners and fleet managers with smart charging decisions and aggregation of EV resources to support the grid, through optimised smart charging strategies to minimise operational costs of EVs, and to help shave peak load, address minimum load risks, control grid active and reactive power, and optimise renewable energy use.

Expected outputs of this project include:

  1. Design and development of efficient charging (and discharging) scheduling algorithms and software systems (including cloud and mobile application) to minimize the total operation cost of EVs and associated systems and battery degradation.
  2. Design and development of an aggregator software system that combines individual EVs information to collectively exploit EV’s potential to shave peak load, control grid active and reactive power, and support renewable energy sources for transmission system operators and distribution system operators.
  3. Building a simulation tool that simplifies the evaluation of vehicle to grid and smart charging strategies along with grid distribution for both electricity providers and EV owners.
  4. Design and development of business models, tariffs, and control solutions that respond to energy market signals and network constraints.

This PhD will be supported by an Industry Reference Group throughout the project.

The PhD is funded by a scholarship for 3 years and 3 months (with the option to apply for up to an additional 3 months) by the RACE for 2030 Collaborative Research Centre and Enzen is the Industry Partner on the project. This PhD will be completed through a PhD by publication/compilation or thesis with a minimum of three peer-reviewed publications and will commence with an industry-focused Rapid Review. You can find out more about RACE here.

Funding

RACE for 2030 will provide three years of funding at $38,000 per annum (tax exempt) via a student scholarship managed by Monash University. RACE will also supply up to $3,000 per annum for expenses for the candidate, for items such as a computer, publishing fees, travel, or conference costs.

Eligibility

  1. Scholarships are available for Australian residents and citizens. We encourage female-identifying or Indigenous applicants. Consideration of the RACE for 2030 scholarship may also be given to onshore international students, however, tuition fees still apply.
  2. Applicants should have a first-class Honours or Masters degree or equivalent in a related discipline, OR a combination of an upper second-class honour’s degree or equivalent in a related discipline together with a minimum of five years equivalent full-time professional work experience in a relevant field.
  3. Applicants must be eligible for enrolment in their chosen course at Monash University. It is recommended that students obtain relevant postgraduate information from Monash University before pursuing a scholarship inquiry.
  4. Applicants must be studying full-time.

Contact details

For further information please contact:

Name: Adel N. Toosi

Email: adel.n.toosi@monash.edu

Phone:  099059635

Organisation/Department: Monash University / Software Systems and Cybersecurity

Application closing date

16-July 2021

Required knowledge

Skills and experience

In addition to the eligibility criteria, candidates should also have the following skills and/or experience:

Essential:

  • Bachelor with Honours or Masters by research degree in Computer Science, or relevant fields with GPA 80%+ from a reputed university
  • Solid programming skills
  • Some experience with, or interest in, electric vehicles and smart grid systems
  • Strong algorithm design skills
  • Knowledge of Distributed Systems
  • Excellent communication skills

Desirable:

  • Refereed publications including journal or conference of high repute in the relevant area
  • Basic software engineering skills
  • Background in Machine Learning, Optimisation, and Data Structures

During the selection process, candidates will also be assessed upon their ability to:

  • Independently pursue their work
  • Collaborate with others
  • Have a professional approach
  • Analyse and work with complex issues and
  • Formulate scientific texts

Project funding

Project based scholarship

Apply now


Learn more about minimum entry requirements.

RACE for 2030 CRC | Designing Distributed Renewable Micro-Grids for Reliability

Primary supervisor

Hao Wang

Research area

Optimisation

Short description

The PhD project is focused on recommended design and engineering principles of totally renewable microgrids with the ambition to outperform traditional networks reliability characteristics, and identify new ways of defining reliability in the context of autonomous microgrids. The Project is in partnership with Planet Ark Power’s utilising their unique power electronics and software solution eleXsys as a core element operating autonomous microgrids of the future, as well as providing integrated Volt/VAR management, allowing for full two-way energy flow in the entire microgrid network.

Project description

For distributed renewable micro-grids to become a mature technology, the economics and the reliability have to be equal to or better than today’s distribution grids. The PhD project will:

  1. Assess the suitability of traditional grid reliability measures,
  2. Explore innovative reliability management and measurement approaches potentially more suitable for DER dominated micro-grids as well as
  3. Provide design recommendations balancing reliability and commercial viability.

As part of the PhD work, the following design factors need to be assessed, reviewed and optimised:

  1. Network topology
  2. Placement and capacity of community batteries and community renewable generation
  3. The number, capacity and control of individual DER
  4. Sequencing and control of grid forming inverters
  5. The number of intra and inter micro-grid connections.

In a final step, all technical parameters have to be matched with corresponding commercial aspects to conclude an optimised outcome from both, reliability and commercial side.

This PhD will be supported by an Industry Reference Group throughout the project.

The PhD is funded by a scholarship for 3 years and 3 months (with the option to apply for up to an additional 3 months) by the RACE for 2030 Collaborative Research Centre and Planet Ark Power is the Industry Partner on the project. This PhD will be completed through a PhD by

publication/compilation or thesis with a minimum of three peer reviewed publications and will commence with an industry focused Rapid Review. You can find out more about RACE here.

Funding

RACE for 2030 will provide three years of funding at $38,000 per annum (tax exempt) via a student scholarship managed by Monash University. RACE will also supply up to $3,000 per annum for expenses for the candidate, for items such as a computer, publishing fees, travel or conference costs. Planet Ark Power is offering a part-time employment option in addition to the Race2030 funding, of up to 1 day a week, compensated based on the applicant’s experience and seniority level.

Eligibility

  1. Scholarships are available for Australian residents and citizens. Considerations can also be given to onshore international candidates, however, tuition fees still apply (or the candidates are competitive to fee scholarships). We encourage female identifying or Indigenous applications.
  2. Applicants should have a first-class honours or masters degree or equivalent in a related discipline, OR a combination of an upper second-class honour’s degree or equivalent in a related discipline together with a minimum of five years equivalent full-time professional work experience in a relevant field.
  3. Applicants must be eligible for enrolment in their chosen course at Monash University. It is recommended that students obtain relevant postgraduate information from the relevant university before pursuing a scholarship inquiry.
Applicants must be studying full time.

Contact details

For further information please contact:

Name: Hao Wang

Email: hao.wang2@monash.edu

Organisation/Department: Monash University / Data Science and AI

Application closing date

16-July 2021

Required knowledge

In addition to the eligibility criteria, candidates should also have the following skills and/or experience:

  • Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent
  • Strong mathematical and analytical skills
  • Knowledge of electricity network analysis and simulation with network design knowledge highly desirable
  • Understanding of renewable energy technologies, such as storage and Solar PV
  • Skills in programming of real-time control system would be beneficial
  • Basic knowledge of project economic analysis, like NPV and IRR
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

During the selection process, candidates will also be assessed upon their ability to:

  • Independently pursue their work
  • Collaborate with others
  • Have a professional approach
  • Analyse and work with complex issues and
  • Formulate scientific texts

Project funding


Project based scholarship

Apply now



Learn more about minimum entry requirements.