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Scholarship details

2023 HDR Scholarship - Protecting semiconductor devices and systems from high power microwave radiation effects

Status: Closed

Applications open: 30/11/2022
Applications close: 30/01/2023

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About this scholarship

Directed energy systems have the potential to deny, degrade and disrupt electronic systems providing critical services in military and civil applications. High power radio frequency and microwave radiation, when incident upon semiconductor devices, can produce a range of responses from temporary interruption of operations to device destruction. Protecting systems from damage requires a deep level of understanding of many aspects of contemporary electronic engineering. Two scholarships addressing this are being funded by Defence Science and Technology Group and the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy as a part of the Next Generation Technologies Fund.

  • Current Students
  • Future Students
  • Faculty of Science & Engineering
    • Engineering courses
  • Higher Degree by Research
  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • International Student
  • Merit Based

This scholarship provides $30,000 p.a. pro rata and, if eligible, an additional top up scholarship of $20,000 per annum.  The duration of the award shall be for three years with a maximum extension of up to six months (subject to satisfactory progress).

Scholarship Details


Any student with bachelor’s degree with honours in electrical/electronic engineering, physics, or related fields.

  • Honours degree in electrical/electronic engineering, physics, or related fields.
  • Full-time enrolment
  • The ability to address any foreign interference concerns, with respect to both formal and informal arrangements, with high-risk foreign countries and their citizens.
  • If required, eligibility for Australian Defence Security Clearance in line with the Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF) Principle 12 – Eligibility and Suitability of Personnel. This includes vetting requirements under AS4811-2022 standard as per PSPF12, para 12.

Application process

Please submit a copy of the academic record, a cover letter and CV addressing relevant knowledge, skills and experience in the following areas: semiconductor devices, integrated circuits, fields and waves electromagnetics, radio frequency and microwave measurement and instrumentation, modelling and simulation, data processing and interpretation.

Enrolment Requirements

Recipients must complete their milestone 1 within 6 month of enrolment and remain enrolled on a full time basis with satisfactory progress for the duration of the scholarship.


Adrian Sutinjo:

Further Information

This research is supported by the Commonwealth of Australia as represented by the Defence Science and Technology Group of the Department of Defence.

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