International PhD Scholarships

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    The University of Sydney
    Professions and applied sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1) (Up to the point of PhD)


We are actively seeking high achieving candidates wishing to undertake doctoral level research in the areas of fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, multiphase flows & aerosols, biomedical flows or clean combustion to apply for scholarships at the University of Sydney, with the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering. A successful candidate would have the opportunity to work in one of the most advanced laser diagnostic facilities in the world (http://web.aeromech.usyd.edu.au/thermofluids/index.php) while having the ability to carry out high-fidelity numerical simulations on readily available supercomputing facilities. The University’s engineering faculty is consistently ranked amongst the top 100 in the world. 

Projects are available in the subject of experimental fluid dynamics (and some computational), with some key topic areas being:

Turbulent renewable and synthetic fuel sprays, Turbulent Clean Combustion, Multiphase flows of inhaled aerosols, design of devices for targeted treatment of respiratory disease, fluid dynamics of the extrathoracic airway, topics in electrohydrodynamic flow control, micro-combustion, and advanced laser diagnostics. Proposals in other areas may be considered.

What is funded

Candidates succesful with competitive international scholarships (more information here: http://sydney.edu.au/scholarships/postgraduate/international-postgraduat...) are eligible to receive funding for both tuition fees and living expenses at the standard annual stipend rate, for up to 3 years. Students unsuccesful with university wide scholarships may be considered for school level funding. Any additional funding (such as top up scholarships) are at the discretion of the school and will be assessed on an individual basis.


The PhD typically lasts for 3 years however extensions are possible subject to funding availability.


The competitive university wide scholarships are open for candidates with a minumum grade of First Class Honours equivalent (A Average) from a 4 year honours degree (with a thesis component). 5 year degrees with a significant research component are preferred, or students which hold both a Bachelors and Masters degree.

Succesful candidates are typically in the top 5-10% of their class.

Candidates with significant potential that are not successful with central university scholarships may be considered by the school for faculty level scholarships.

Application Process

At a first instance please contact Dr. Agisilaos Kourmatzis (agisilaos.kourmatzis@sydney.edu.au) to discuss the proposed research topic with a brief statement of interest, a CV and a full transcript of grades. After this, candidates must apply through the formal university process (http://sydney.edu.au/study/admissions/apply/how-to-apply.html#uniqueId_e...)