Developing ultrahigh strength and low cost beta titanium alloys by 3D printing

The successful candidates will develop a new class of stronger, economical beta titanium alloys. This research will look to unlock the full potential of metal 3D printing for load-bearing applications.

Value and duration

$30,900 per year for three years with a possible six-month extension.

Number of scholarships available



Candidates with backgrounds in materials science and engineering, in particular physical metallurgy, are encouraged to apply. However, candidates with excellent performance in other related fields, such as mechanical, manufacturing or aerospace engineering will also be considered.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • have a first class honours or equivalent in a relevant discipline, or a Masters by research degree
  • provide evidence of good oral and written communication skills
  • meet RMIT University’s entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy.

How to apply

Interested candidates should contact Dr Dong Qiu and provide:

  • a statement to outline your interest and capabilities
  • an electronic copy of your academic transcripts
  • a CV that includes any publications and the contact details of 2 referees.

For international applicants, evidence of English proficiency is required. For example, IELTS (Academic) 6.5 and above (no band less than 6.0).

Open date

Applications are now open.

Close date

Applications will close when appropriate candidates are selected.

Terms and conditions

Read the Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions (PDF 327KB).

Further information

Two PhD scholarships available funded by ARC. Metal additive manufacturing (or 3D printing) is an emerging field that offers a revolutionary approach to develop high performance engineering alloys.

In this project, PhD students will receive comprehensive training in sample fabrication by laser direct deposition (LMD) and selective laser melting (SLM), microstructure characterization and mechanical properties assessment.

Training on use of SEM, EBSD, FIB and TEM will be provided by the RMIT Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility (RMMF).

Training on fundamental understanding of solidification and phase transformations in the context of laser additive manufacturing will be provided jointly by Dr Dong Qiu and Professor Ma Qian.

The PhD students are also encouraged to attend at least one international and two domestic conferences and to publish his/her research in highly ranked journals.

Finally, when the PhD students complete their degree, it is expected that his/her experience and expertise in metal 3D printing will be highly sought-after in the future job market.


Dr Dong Qiu