Zema Energy Studies Scholarship

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. For general enquiries contact memsi@monash.edu
  3. Fill in the Expression of Interest form by 10 October 2019
  4. We will invite you to apply following the EOI process
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)