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UTS Boral Centre for Sustainable Building


Successful domestic candidates will receive a scholarship ranging from $28,500 to $35,000 per annum (depending on experience and qualification) for three years to assist with general living costs.

Tuition fees for domestic students are currently covered under the Research Training Program (RTP)





The UTS Boral Centre for Sustainable Building at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is calling for applications for PhD scholarships commencing in 2020 and 2021. There are 8 research scholarships available for highly motivated domestic research students to join a vibrant team of researchers focused on providing sustainable solutions to key challenges faced by the cement and concrete industry. These research scholarships are sponsored by Boral Limited.

Boral is an Australian building and construction materials group with operations across Australia, Asia and the US. Boral Australia is the country's largest construction materials and building products supplier with operations in all states and territories. In Australia, Boral supplies concrete, quarry products, asphalt, cement, roof tiles, timber and masonry to build infrastructure, residential construction and commercial buildings.

Students in a PhD program within UTS Boral Centre for Sustainable Building will engage in industry-focused research and will be co-supervised by a UTS academic and a Boral R&D Scientist. The scholarships are targeted at domestic students (Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents) with relevant qualifications. Applications from international students will not be considered.

Candidates with expertise and interest relevant to any of the following topics are invited to apply:

• Cement chemistry and fresh concrete properties

• Physical, chemical and thermal characterisation of cementitious binders

• Cement additive, filler and chemical admixtures

• Alkali-activated cementitious binders in low carbon cement concrete

• Limestone calcined clay cement and its manufacturing

• Novel supplementary cementitious materials

• Numerical simulation of heat and mass transfer as well as stress development in cementitious materials

• Durability, performance-based design & service life of concrete structures

Who is eligible?

  • Australian citizenships or permanent residence;
  • Completed a relevant bachelor degree in chemistry, materials science, civil engineering, or chemical engineering with first class honours or second class honours, or be regarded by the university as having an equivalent level of attainment or minimum 5 years’ relevant industry experience;
  • Familiarity with the value and use of a wide range of construction materials;
  • Relevant experience in analytical instrumentation, materials or structures testing or numerical modelling; and
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

In addition to the above eligibility criteria for the scholarship, students should meet the UTS admission requirements and successfully secure an admission offer to UTS PhD program. The minimum eligibility requirements for admission as well as relevant application deadlines are available at

Selection process

UTS Boral Centre for Sustainable Building is calling for highly qualified and motivated chemists, material scientists as well as civil and chemical engineers to apply. To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants:

  • must demonstrate academic merit in previous undergraduate (including honours) or postgraduate study; and
  • submit along with their application a research proposal relevant to one of the research topics described (limit 2000 words)

The successful candidate will be working on their research program at UTS Boral Centre for Sustainable Building located at UTS Tech Lab in Sydney and must be available to commence preferably by July 2020 and no later than January 2021.

Applications closed

Early submission of application is highly encouraged. The selection committee will consider the applications on an ongoing basis before the highlighted deadline.