Deakin University HDR PhD Scholarship for International Students 2020/2021

Deakin University is inviting application from International PhD students for HDR Scholarship on a research project at the University. The PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic ‘Methods for keyhole coating damage treatment based on corrosion mitigating fluids’

The project aims to develop advance low-cost methods for repairing and treating coating defects on underground steel pipelines. Coating repair costs for buried pipelines are an important barrier for the proactive corrosion protection (CP) of these assets

The research has two main areas that require the development of new knowledge. One area is to develop and validate an innovative keyhole excavation process to access the coating damage at a low cost and without completely uncovering the pipe. Validation will require to perform a series of excavation in field conditions.

The other area is to develop and validate the low-cost fillers to be introduced around the coating damage to mitigate further corrosion. Although most of the development will involve the use of low scale tests and typical characterisation techniques used in the corrosion and coatings fields, full-scale validation of the effectiveness of corrosion mitigating fillers will also be required.


This scholarship is available for over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $31,700 per annum tax exempt (2020 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate or overseas
  • International students only:  Tuition fees offset for the duration of 4 years. Single Overseas Student Health Cover policy for the duration of the student visa.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be either a domestic or international candidate (domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship).
  • meet Deakin’s PhD entry requirements
  • be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master’s degree with a substantial research component.

Additional desirable criteria include:

  • Applicants should have theoretical knowledge on corrosion and electrochemistry.

How to apply

Expression of interest: Our Corrosion Laboratory and Infrastructure Durability research groups often have research scholarships for suitable materials, chemistry or engineering graduates who are interested in corrosion science, corrosion engineering and materials research.

Interested applicants should contact via email Prof Mike Yongjun Tan and Dr Bob Varela before applying for the project.

Visit the Deakin University Official Webpage for more HDR Scholarship details


Applications close 5 pm, Wednesday 30 September 2020

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