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Curtin University

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Department of Civil Engineering - PhD Scholarships

Key details

$25,849 per annum
Length of Support
3 years
Number Offered

About this scholarship

Curtin currently has 2 scholarships opportunities for higher degree by research students in the area of Bio-Activate Materials reseach to study under the supervision of Dr. Abhijit Mukherjee.  

Natural habitats such as anthills and corals and formations such as stalagmites and stalactites are ecofriendly and extremely durable. Diverse microbial populations harboured in the soil plays a key role in building these formations. This project proposes to study the natural formations and replicate the processes in the laboratory to develop new materials for construction. Recent metagenomics and transcriptomic techniques will be employed to analyse the microbial communities. Links between the microbes and corresponding environmental conditions that generate materials of desired mechanical properties will be established. The biochemical processes will be replicated in the laboratory and the suitability of the resulting materials for construction of human habitat will be evaluated.

Status: Open
Applications accepted at any time

Student type

  • Future Students


  • Engineering

Course type

  • Postgraduate Research


Non-gender specific


  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • International students

Scholarship base

  • Merit Based

Maximum number awarded



The successful student shall receive a stipend to the value of the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA).  The value in 2015 is $25,849 per annum and this amount is indexed annually. 

The duration of the scholarship shall be for three years with a possible extension of up to six months provided that student meets eligibility guidelines as per the conditions of award.

If the successful candidate is an international student, the scholarship shall cover tuition fees for the duration of the award. 

Eligible courses

Higher Degree by Research: PhD - Civil Engineering

Eligibility criteria

  • must be willing to commit to full time study;
  • Completed four years of undergraduate degree with Honours 1 or equivalent.

Conditions that need to be met to keep your scholarship

As outlined in the conditions of award which will be issued to successful candidates along with the scholarship offer letter.


  • Female
  • Male
Eligible Study Fields
Engineering & Mathematics