Deakin-Coventry Cotutelle - Smart battery sensing systems

This is a doctoral Cotutelle project in ‘smart battery sensing systems between Deakin University (Australia) and Coventry University (United Kingdom).' The project is led by Coventry University.

Deakin Project Supervisor

Additional Supervision

Deakin School


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus (Australia) and  Coventry University (United Kingdom)

Research topic

This is a doctoral cotutelle project between Deakin University (Australia) and Coventry University (United Kingdom).

The successful PhD Student will be awarded a scholarship from Coventry University with the supervision team being drawn from Deakin University and Coventry University. The PhD Student will graduate with two testamur, one from Deakin University and one from Coventry University, each of which recognises that the program was carried out as part of a jointly supervised doctoral program. The program is for a duration of 3.5 years and scheduled to commence in January 2024.

The PhD Student is anticipated to spend up to 12 months of the total period of the program at Deakin University, with the remainder of the program based at Coventry University.

The project is on battery management systems.

This Smart Battery Management Systems project includes scope of research in the entire battery lifecycle except the manufacturing of batteries, with a particular focus on battery operations, recycle of spent batteries, battery lifecycle assessments, software and hardware control development for battery cells, and utilization of batteries for grid stability enhancement. Outstanding engineering graduates in electrical, chemical, and mechanical disciplines who are enthusiastic about battery research are welcome to apply.

Project aim

The expected outcome is to develop new methods for managing batteries in their life cycles, including energy management systems, battery recycle, or new circuits to integrate batteries to the existing systems. This project should help battery research, enhance its utilization in modern energy systems and applications, and mitigate its environmental impact.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 25 October 2023

Please be aware that screening for this advert will commence immediately and the scholarship may be awarded prior to the closing date.


This scholarship is supported by Coventry University, is available over 3.5 years and includes:

  • Stipend of £18,622 per annum
  • A Tuition Fee Waiver
  • Travel Support Package including one return economy airfare to Deakin University to support residency period in Australia
  • Student visa and health insurance costs for period of residency at Deakin University in Australia

Deakin University will also provide a full tuition fee waiver for a duration of up to 4 years.


Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • meet the PhD entry requirements of both Deakin University and Coventry university, including English language proficiency requirements
  • be enrolling full time
  • be able to physically locate to both Coventry University (UK) and Deakin University (Australia)

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page and Coventry’s research entry criteria page for further information.

How to apply

Applicants should firstly contact Dr. Samson Yu to discuss the project. After discussing your application with the Deakin supervisor, you will be required to submit an expression of interest directly with the relevant Faculty.
If successful, you will be invited by Deakin University to lodge a formal HDR application.

The successful applicant will also be required to lodge a separate PhD application to Coventry University via the Coventry University application page.  

Please be aware that screening for this advert will commence immediately and the scholarship may be awarded prior to the closing date.

Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact:

Dr. Samson Yu
+61 3 522 73783