PhD Scholarship in Advanced Composite Materials

Working with CSIRO, FORD and CME the ARC Training Centre in Lightweight Automotive Structures project will develop new rapid 'cure on demand' composite fabrication processes required for high speed automotive manufacture.

Value and duration

Scholarship is valued at up to $31,298 per annum for three years with a possible six-month extension (as of 2017).

Number of scholarships available



To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, or Australian permanent resident
  • have a first class honours or 2a honours in engineering (mechanical, materials, chemical, manufacturing, aerospace) science (chemistry, physics) or equivalent.
  • provide evidence of good oral and written communication skills
  • demonstrate an ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team
  • meet RMIT University’s entry requirements for the Higher Degree by Research programs.

How to apply

To apply, please submit the following documents to Prof Stuart Bateman, Director ARC Training Centre in Lightweight Automotive Structures:

  • curriculum vitae
  • academic transcripts

Prospective candidates will be required to submit an application for admission to the PhD Aerospace Engineering program (DR215) as per instructions available on the School of Engineering website.

Scholarship applications will only be successful if prospective candidates are provided with an offer for admission.

Open date

Applications are now open.

Close date

Applications will close when a candidate is selected.

Further information

One PhD scholarship is available to conduct research into advanced composite materials as a part of the ARC Training Centre in Lightweight Automotive Structures ( Working in close partnership with researchers and technical experts from CSIRO, Ford and CME in a multi-disciplinary team environment, the successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to develop methods which enable the rapid ‘on demand’ fabrication of composite materials. Greater use of lightweight composite materials is seen by the automotive industry as a key strategy to reduce emissions and unlock new design concepts. To this point, the long cycle times often required to produce composite materials, along with other manufacturing compromises are seen as barriers to their wider spread uptake and meeting the production rates required by automotive manufacturers.

The project will provide numerous research and development opportunities including:

  • Being part of the wider ARC Training Centre Community which includes 14 partners over 3 continents.
  • Conducting at least 12 months of the research project (over the course of the PhD) embedded within industry
  • Designing different strategies to control the composite material fabrication (cure reaction) rate
  • Modelling of the composite materials fabrication process, cure rate and physical properties
  • Preparing composite materials and evaluating their structure and properties as a function of fabrication process and cure.

Mastering analytical techniques including : electron microscopy, thermal analysis, infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy mechanical property assessment and non-destructive assessment (NDT)


For further information please contact:

Professor Stuart Bateman

Director ARC Training Centre in Lightweight Automotive Structures

Contact details:


T: +61 3 9925 6672

Mr Richard Taube

Deputy Director, ARC Training Centre in Lightweight Automotive Structures

University Programs Manager

Ford Motor Company of Australia


RMIT Research Scholarship terms and conditions of Engineering website.

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