Curtin University is currently accepting applications for the Lynas MRIWA Master of Philosophy Scholarship in Australia for the 2021/2022 academic session.

The need to purify water using expensive methods such as Reverse Osmosis (RO) for mineral processing unit operations could cost mining companies millions of dollars annually. Water treatment is particularly costly when the objective is to remove high concentrations of small ions such as Na+, Ca2+ and Mg2+ by methods such as reverse osmosis. Given the large volume of processing water required in techniques such as flotation, it becomes financially unviable when considering expansion of existing plants. Thus, the possibility of using process water that had undergone minimal treatment would have significant economic benefits in many mineral processing operations, and minimizes impact on the local community and the ecosystem.

This Master of Philosophy (MPhil) scholarship is available for an outstanding international student to conduct research on water treatment methods suitable for flotation of rare earth minerals.

Worth of Award

  • The scholarship provides a living stipend of $28,597p.a. pro-rata indexed annually.
  • In addition, it would include a tuition fee waiver for a successful international student.
  • Note that the duration of the MPhil scholarship is a maximum of two (2) years full-time equivalent study.


The successful candidate will have:

  • A BEng (Hons), BSc (Hons) in chemistry, metallurgy, metallurgical engineering, chemical engineering.
    A Bachelor with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours includes the completion of a supervised research dissertation project carrying the equivalent credit of at least 25 per cent of an annual full-time load.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct scientific research through either refereed journal publications or excellent project marks.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and to meet deadlines during the course of the project.
  • Academic professional referees and/or previous supervisors’ contact details.

How to Apply

When applying for the Lynas MRIWA Master of Philosophy Scholarship, send your expression of interest via email to Dr Bogale Tadesse @ [email protected] along with your

  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Academic transcripts.
  • A brief cover letter explaining your skills and experience to demonstrate your suitability.

Deadline: The application window closes on January 30, 2021.


Click here for more details and to apply

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