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Scholarship details

2022 HDR Scholarship - Study of high power microwave radiation effects on semiconductor devices and systems

Status: Closed

Applications open: 12/05/2022
Applications close: 31/08/2022

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About this scholarship

This scholarship is funded by Defence Science and Technology (DST) and Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA) as a part of the Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGTF) in Directed Energy Technologies and Systems. There are two streams of PhD scholarships on offer, on high power microwave (HPM) effects on semiconductor devices and electromagnetic coupling to electronic systems. In Stream 1, the PhD candidate will study device-level HPM effects on integrated circuits (ICs) through modelling, simulation and laboratory experimentation. In Stream 2, the candidate will study board-level HPM electromagnetic radiation effects on electronic systems through modelling, simulation and laboratory experimentation.

  • Current Students
  • Future Students
  • Faculty of Science & Engineering
    • Engineering courses
  • Higher Degree by Research
  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • 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.

  • The ability to address any foreign interference concerns, with respect to both formal and informal arrangements, with high-risk foreign countries and their citizens.
  • 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.
  • Any student with a bachelor's degree in electrical/electronic engineering, or an honours degree in physics, or equivalent in related fields. 
  • Full-time enrolment.

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. Please indicate preference for semiconductor device (Stream 1) or electromagnetics and electronic systems (Stream 2).

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.


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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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