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PhD Scholarship in Energy Futures

PhD Scholarship in Energy Futures

Monash University offers PhD Scholarship in Energy Futures for domestic and international students pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree. The scholarship amount is $30,000. There are several scholarships available. Applicants must be Australian or New Zealand citizens/permanent residents to be eligible. Scholarships will be awarded based on academic merit.

Application Deadline: October 2, 2022.

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Brief Description

  • Organization: Monash University
  • Department: NA
  • Course level: PhD
  • Award Amount: $30,000
  • Number of Awards: Several
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Nationality: Domestic and International students
  • Eligible Countries: Australian and New Zealand citizens/permanent residents
  • Eligibility: Scholarships are available for pursuing bachelor’s and master’s degree

PhD Scholarship


This Ph.D. project, based at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI), will investigate how energy industry businesses can institutionalize and operationalize Futures approaches – including Foresight, exploratory and normative scenarios – to enable the transition to net zero. By using a knowledge co-production approach with the Australian energy industry, it is expected that the project will address the fundamental question of what governance arrangements, institutional frameworks, and organizational capacities are required to embed Futures approaches in transition planning toward net zero. The project’s outcomes will address energy governance and market issues the industry is currently facing and prepare for future issues.

This is an opportunity for someone interested in Futures studies, energy and sustainability transitions, management, and social sciences to develop an original research project. The project is not about developing scenarios or modeling energy futures but about how futures and scenarios can be embedded effectively into the industry, and organizational decision-making, as well as how institutional and organizational processes and capacities could be strengthened for anticipatory action aligned with net zero transitions.


Due to the conditions of the scholarship, this opportunity is open to only domestic (Australian and New Zealand citizens/permanent residents) applicants.

The successful applicant must meet the criteria for Ph.D. admission at Monash University and demonstrate excellent research capability.

Applicants should meet one of the following entry criteria:

  1. A bachelor’s degree of at least four years’ full-time study – normally including a research component in your fourth year, leading to an honors degree at first (H1)
  2. An equivalent course to a first-class honors degree – as rated by the institute
  3. A master’s degree that comprises a significant research component, at least equivalent to (A – 80%) above.

Desirable: Research or professional experience in the energy sector will be desirable.

Scholarship holders must be enrolled full-time and on-campus. Applicants who already hold a Ph.D. will not be considered.

How to Apply

To apply for this opportunity, candidates must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) form, which must include the following: a cover letter explaining the applicant’s suitability and motivation for applying (one page); a research proposal (two pages); a curriculum vitae including a list of any published works, academic awards and prizes, conference presentations, and relevant work experience; academic transcripts (undergraduate and postgraduate); evidence of English language proficiency (if appropriate); and contact details for two academic referees.

Further instructions on applying can be found on the organization’s website. Candidates are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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