PhD Scholarship: Enabling the Power Systems of the Future at Uni of Queensland Australia 2021

The University of Queensland in Australia offers a PhD scholarship in Enabling the power systems of the future in the 2021/22 academic session.

Project details:

The Department of Innovation and Tourism Industry Development of the state Government of Queensland has recently funded a Project ‘Enabling the Power Systems of the Future’ at the University of Queensland. This project will develop a new power system simulation/analysis platform to investigate the security of Queensland’s power system and support the transition to integrate new energy platforms and achieve 50% renewable by 2030. This project will deliver an EMT platform incorporating new algorithms and state-of-the-art models for new interconnected technologies and other energy platforms. The analytics developed in this project will be useful to accurately assess security risks and optimise the design of new energy platforms, such as renewable generators, battery storage, synchronous condensers, VSC based HVDC interconnectors and new technology based pumped storage.

Globally there is an urgent need for a step change in the platform for monitoring and controlling electricity distribution networks to ensure safety, reliability, and support customer participation, via home energy management (HEM) platforms, in electricity supply and usage, including through distributed technologies such as household photovoltaics (PV), battery storage, smart appliances and electric-vehicle (EV) chargers. This project also develops and trials a scalable estimation and control platform to enable intensive, wide-scale integration of HEM platforms and associated distributed technologies across Medium Voltage (MV) and Low Voltage (LV) networks. This part of the project collaborates closely with an SME GridQube.

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A working knowledge of power systems PSCAD modelling, python programming skill OR distribution network modelling, optimization and control systems tools would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

Worth of Award

  • $28,597 per annum (2021 rate), indexed annually


  • To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.
  • Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant’s previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.
  • The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of electrical engineering and the potential for scholastic success.
  • A background or knowledge of optimisation/control is highly desirable.

How to Apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow the link provided. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

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Before submitting an application you should:

  • check your eligibility
  • prepare your documentation
  • contact Professor Tapan Saha ([email protected]) to discuss your suitability for this scholarship

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  • Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  • Select ‘I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship’.
  • Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘POWER SYSTEMS’ in the ‘Name of scholarship’ field.

Deadline: The deadline for applications is November 17, 2020.


Click here for more details and to apply