Monash Eradicating Energy Poverty Program

Welcome to the Monash Eradicating Energy Poverty PhD Program

Monash, in partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology of Bombay, started this program in 2018 with a goal of establishing a global network of the world’s leading universities and private, philanthropic, public and not-for-profit organisations to improve equitable access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy services.

Globally, over 1.2 billion people are without access to electricity, 3 billion people use inefficient solid fuelled cooking systems and 4 million people die prematurely each year due to household air pollution. Energy allows improved quality of life facilitating social and economic development, however providing access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy to all the world’s people (United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7) by 2030 is a challenge, depending upon cultural, political, institutional, environmental, social, technical, economic and legal factors. Many of these are specific to jurisdictions or communities, so context-specific knowledge is essential. A detailed understanding of these critical factors can inform strategic investment strategies and development decisions.

The IITB-Monash Eradicating Energy Poverty Program is an interdisciplinary PhD program encouraging collaboration between academia and industry. This program will bring together PhD students and leading researchers with external partners from the not for profit, government, and private sectors to explore key global energy poverty issues, building professional networks by solving real-world problems through translation of knowledge arising from research and design into impact.

The Faculties of IT, EngineeringArts, Business and Economics along with the Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI), Engineers without Borders, and Pollinate Group have joined together to offer a set of exciting PhD opportunities. The Pollinate Energy Fellowship Program embeds PhD students in Pollinate Energy operations to work on strategic projects and initiatives that contribute to ending energy poverty. Engineers Without Borders Australia will contribute to research direction, co-supervision, and professional training.

Entry to the Eradicating Energy Poverty PhD Program is competitive

We are currently looking for high-achieving passionate candidates to enter the Eradicating Energy Poverty PhD Program. Students will show the desire to have an impact, find innovative solutions and lead the change in India. The program will integrate perspectives from Engineering, Social Sciences, Information Technology and Business Studies to address technological, social, governance and commercial challenges. PhD researchers will work alongside leading academics and practitioners from Australia, India and other countries. They will contribute to exciting research projects with the ultimate view to eradicate energy poverty.

Prof. Robert Thomson

Dr Roger Dargaville

Prof. Patrick Olivier

Dr Sarah Goodwin

Prof. Frada Burstein

A/ Prof. Srinivas Sridharan

This program will commence in 2019 with scholarships on offer to high-achieving and passionate individuals. Four domestic (Australian citizen, permanent resident, New Zealand citizen) and up to four Indian scholarships are available in 2019. Indian students must apply through the normal IITB-Monash Academy scholarships application process. Qualifying PhD candidates will be offered full scholarships with industry placements and co-supervision and will become part of the growing team at Monash addressing energy challenges.

Do you want to solve global energy problems and have a real-world impact? Do you want to make a difference while advancing your career with a postgraduate degree from leading higher education institutions in Australia and India? Do you want to work with Engineering, Information Technology, Arts or Business and Economics? Gain fieldwork experience, industry placements and networking opportunities? This program is for you.

Expression of Interest


  • For general enquiries, please contact Monash Energy Materials and Systems Institute at
  • If you have an enquiry relating to a particular research topic, please contact the lead researcher within each Faculty. Contact details can be found under 'Research Topics'.

To Apply

  • Australian citizens and permanent residents or New Zealand citizens, apply here. by 31st of October 2019, 11:55 pm AEDT.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by November 2019.