HDR Scholarship - Energy Technologies for Future Grids

Applications now open. Three PhD scholarships are available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Energy Technologies for Future Grids'.

Project Supervisor

Additional Supervision


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Research topic

Three HDR positions are available under the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Energy Technologies for Future Grids (ARC Future Grids ITTC) at Deakin School of Engineering. The HDR students will have access to cutting-edge research facilities in power engineering, work with highly capable HDR students, postdoctoral researchers, and experienced academics.

The ARC Future Grids ITTC is a 5 year, $8.5M investment program, including $5M from the Australian Research Council (ARC), designed to support the transition of Australia’s power and energy industry to a more sustainable, competitive and resilient position based on the development of human intellectual capital through training a new generation of innovators while simultaneously fostering an R&D culture within the electricity sector to leverage new skills for advancing Australia’s transition to a clean energy future.

Led by the University of Wollongong, the ARC Future Grids ITTC brings together 6 Universities (The University of New South Wales, The University of Queensland, University of Tasmania, Deakin University, and Curtin University) and 14 industry partners (CSIRO, Hydro Tasmania, TasNetworks, Powerlink, ZECO Energy, GHD, ACEN Australia, TPS Energy, Shoalhaven Water, Ingeteam Australia, Abel Energy, 123V, Essential Energy, and The Australian Power Institute) across five Australian states to deliver the next generation of industry leaders and specialists in future grid technologies to ensure Australia can smoothly manage the transition required in decarbonising its electricity sector.

The School of Engineering offers an innovative approach through project-oriented, design-based learning helping provide students real-world experiences. Our industry collaboration and partnerships, and wide range of research all work towards producing well-rounded and sought-after engineers of the future. Deakin School of Engineering houses one of the large cohorts of power engineering researchers in Australia.

Project aim

Project aims include:

  1. Virtual power plant (VPP) establishment and energy management systems including energy sharing and coordination, energy trading and demand-side frequency control ancillary service provision with VPPs.
  2. Power system dynamics analysis, fault identification, and security and safety enhancement of power grid with increasing penetration of renewable energy
  3. Power electronics topology and control and software and hardware development for inverter-interfaced energy sources for small-scale and large-scale renewables and batteries.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Friday 31 March 2023


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $33,500 per annum tax exempt (2023 rate)
  • International students only:  Tuition fees offset for the duration of 4 years. Single Overseas Student Health Cover policy for the duration of the student visa.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be either a domestic or international candidate. Domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship.
  • meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements
  • be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component.

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information.

How to apply

Please email a CV and cover letter to Dr Samson Yu. The CV should highlight your skills, education, publications and relevant work experience. If you are successful you will then be invited to submit a formal application.

Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Dr Samson Yu

Dr Samson Yu
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+61 3 522 73783