EOIs for the Dr Marie-Faith Fiawoo Memorial PhD Scholarship in Materials Science and Engineering

The Opportunity

Expressions of interest are sought from outstanding candidates for PhD study in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Monash University.

A full-time funded living allowance scholarship of $30,000 per annum for a maximum of 4 years is available for an excellent candidate to join the department. For international candidates a fee scholarship will also be awarded.

Preference will be given to female applicants, as this is a memorial scholarship for a female colleague Dr Marie-Faith Fiawoo, a Monash University post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was tragically killed in a wall collapse in Carlton in late March 2013.

Marie-Faith, a French national, had been working in the Faculty of Engineering for two and a half years. Her position was funded by Rio Tinto Alcan in Canada. Until her untimely death, her research was focused on "Microstructural Characteristics of Precipitates in Aluminium extrusion alloys using high  resolution TEM (Transmission Electron Microscopy)".

This scholarship is not tied to any particular project in the department, so is open to all high achieving candidates wishing to pursue PhD study in materials science and engineering for whom an appropriate project and supervision is available in 2016.

Applicants must show excellent communication and inter-personal skills, willingness to meet with Marie-Faith’s family and to provide an annual report to the donors on their progress.

Note: applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered.

Faculty/Portfolio: Faculty of Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Location: Clayton campus, Monash University

Supervisor: none in particular

Remuneration: $30,000 p.a. full-time rate (pro-rata). Applications from exceptional candidates may be granted additional support for international tuition fees.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, over Skype if necessary. The interviews will be conducted in English.

Candidate Requirements

Applicants will be considered provided that they fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University and demonstrate excellent research capability. Details of the relevant requirements are available at: http://www.eng.monash.edu.au/research/degrees/

The successful applicant will be expected to enrol in 2016. There may be some flexibility as to the date of commencement.

To Submit an Expression of Interest:

EOIs shall comprise:

  • a cover letter that includes a brief statement of the applicant's suitability
  • a curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works
  • a full statement of academic record, supported by scanned copies of relevant certified documentation
  • a statement from the candidate explaining their interest in their chosen field, particularly focused on
  • contact details of two academic referees
  • evidence of English-language proficiency (international applicants only)

EOIs and enquiries shall be sent, preferably in the form of a single PDF attachment to an e-mail, to:

Ms Cassandra Meagher

Manager Graduate Student Services Engineering

Monash University


Closing date: Friday 6th May, 2016

Successful EOI applications will be provided with an Invited to Apply letter for the Monash Centrally allocated scholarships (e.g. APA, MGS, IPRS, MIPRS), which closes on 31 May 2016.