Space Engineering Technology PhD Scholarship – Ceramic Matrix Composite Materials and Processes

University of Southern Queensland
March 31, 2023
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This project takes advantage of the weight savings and reusability of high temperature ceramic composites as aeroshell (heat shield and fuselage) for satellite launch vehicles. The two PhD programs will focus on both the manufacturability of ceramic matrix composite materials and the design and analysis of the composite components for the reusable satellite launch platform.


  • Stipend of AUD $33,000.00
  • Maximum period of tenure of an award is 3 years. Periods of study already undertaken towards the degree will be deducted from the period of tenure.
  • Eligibility

    To be eligible applicants must have;

  • completed a Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours (Division A) at an Australian University or equivalent in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, mechatronic engineering, materials science or materials engineering; or
  • completed a Master’s degree at an Australian University or equivalent (containing a significant research component) with a GPA of at least 5.5 on a 7-point scale.
  • Additionally, applicants must:

  • have applied to, or be currently enrolled in the PhD program at UniSQ;
  • not be receiving equivalent support providing a benefit greater than 75% of the student’s stipend rate;
  • be prepared to commence their studies prior to or no later than the end of June 2023.
  • Selection criteria

    Applicants will be assessed on:

  • alignment with the research topic area – Space/Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Material Engineering/Science;
  • academic merit, previous research outputs and research experience of the applicant;
  • research track record of the proposed supervisory team;
  • quality of the research proposal.
  • How to apply

    To apply, please ensure you have digital copies of the below information:

  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Preliminary Research Thesis Topic Proposal (DOTX 153KB), to be completed with contact Prof. Xuesen Zeng;
  • Education qualifications (testamur and academic transcripts for all undergraduate and postgraduate awards);
  • List of any research presentations and/or publications.
  • Application must be made via the UniSQ Scholarship Application Management System by the closing date.

    If you require assistance in completing your application please download the Scholarship Online Application Manual (PDF 2.14MB).

    Closing date

    31 March 2023

    Further information

    Further information about this scholarship can be obtained from Prof. Xuesen Zeng or Dr Tristan Shelley.

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