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Curtin University

Department of Civil Engineering - PhD Scholarships

Status: Open
Applications accepted at any time

About this scholarship

Description/Applicant information

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.

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.

How to apply

Application process

Interested applicants, please send initial expression of interest including CV and transcript to Dr. Abhijit Mukherjee.

**shortlisted applicants will be advised to apply for admission via Curtin online e-application:


Need more information?

Dr Abhijit Mujherjee
School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering
Curtin Univeristy

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