Ph.D PhD Scholarships with the Chemicals & Plastics Industry

at Monash University in Australia


This PhD program prepares you for a supercharged career in innovation, working directly with industry, with plenty of network building opportunities, mentoring by industry and top researchers, and an opportunity for a career launch straight from your PhD!

Monash is looking for the BEST of the BEST graduates in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Engineering/Science.

10 Scholarship places have been allocated already for this exciting opportunity! But we still have 6 places to allocate with the following general, broad areas of interest:

  • PPG – Paints and Coatings.
  • PerkinElmer – Mass Spectroscopy, diesel fuels, FCIR experience desired.
  • Dulux – Paints and Coatings.
  • BASF – Mining chemicals/synthesis.
  • 3M (2 projects) – polymer related.

The opportunity on offer is through a new Graduate Research Interdisciplinary Program (GRIP) at Monash.

Integral to your PhD you will:

  • take up an industry challenge PhD topic with enhanced support and exclusive training in both advanced technical and business topics delivered jointly with industry;
  • work with national and international industry focusing on an innovation agenda for long term sustainability and economic growth;
  • undertake an internship, mentored by exceptional industry leaders and top academic researchers at Monash;
  • be awarded a tax free scholarship (3 year tenure full-time, $25,849 p.a. 2015 rate).

_Please note that the program is tuition fee-free for domestic students. International students are required to pay tuition fees, but may be supported by a tuition-fee scholarship to cover this cost. _

The C&P Industry and Monash

The Australian Chemicals and Plastics industry underpins 109 of the 111 industries and is the second largest manufacturing industry in Australia, contributing over $11.6 billion to the economy. However, the C&P manufacturing sector needs new technologies and processes to ensure long term growth. There is a need for an elite highly trained workforce, focused on innovation that will drive new products and processes to meet global opportunities.

Monash is in the TOP 30 in the World for the combined capability in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Engineering/Science with recent investment into this area exceeding $100M and strong partnerships with over 20 industry participants.

The PhD program will be based in the brand new state-of-the-art Green Chemical Futures (GCF) building on the Clayton campus (Melbourne), with high quality laboratories and facilities, including the very best industry standard equipment. There will also be internship opportunities with your industry partner.

Application and entry requirements

Applications are sought from students with a H1 (first class or equivalent) honours degree (or equivalent) in a range of relevant disciplinary areas such as, but not limited to, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Materials Science. Applicants will also need to meet the University’s minimum English language proficiency requirements for admission to the PhD program.

To apply for admission and scholarship to the GRIP, please follow the steps below:

  1. Step 1: Check your eligibility
  2. Step 2: Complete the Expression of Interest below and receive an invitation to apply. Please note that without an ‘invitation to apply’ you cannot proceed to the next step.
  3. Step 3: Register and apply online
    Both domestic and international applicants apply through this portal.
  4. Step 4: Accept your offer

You must email the following documents to and

  • Cover letter (1 A4 page maximum)
  • CV (3 A4 pages maximum)
  • Copy of academic transcripts (university level qualifications)
  • IELTS/TOEFL test results (if applicable or available)

In your Covering Letter, the Selection Committee will consider the following:

  1. academic achievement
  2. research and leadership potential
  3. potential contribution to the Chemicals and Plastics industry
  4. potential contribution to Chemistry and Chemical Engineering/Materials research and knowledge base.

If selected, you will be interviewed and then if successful, work closely with your academic supervisors and industry sponsor company to develop your unique PhD research experience.

Key Contact

Dr Sharon Morley: and

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