Through a unique collaboration between the School of Chemical Engineering of The University of Adelaide (the University) and the Institute for Process Engineering of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (the Institute, IPE-CAS) in Beijing, the University is pleased to be able to offer up to six PhD scholarships for the coming year. The recipients of these scholarships will be registered as a fulltime PhD student of The University of Adelaide, but will spend two years of their candidature at the University and up to two years at the Institute. Further details of this exciting scholarship program follow below.

To apply for one of the scholarships, you should follow this procedure:

1. Send an e-mail to Associate Professor Bi (the University’s manager of the agreement) that includes the following (all in English):

  • covering letter that indicates which of the 5 projects below you are interested in (you may express interest in more than one project) and, in no more than 50 words for each project, why the project interests you;
  • your curriculum vitae;
  • scanned copies of you academic transcripts in original language and English translation;
  • if relevant, a list of any publications in print, press or submitted, being sure to show full details of each publication so as they can be sourced by the supervisors or, if submitted, a copy of the manuscript (as a PDF) and proof of submission (do NOT include those in preparation);
  • if relevant, IELTS (Academic), TOEFL (Paper-based), TOEFL (Internet-based) or Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test in the 24 months preceding this application you will be required to supply a copy of your English Language Proficiency test results scanned copy of Certificate (if your degrees were NOT taught in English; if the latter applies, please provide proof that the degrees were taught in English in their entirety).

2. Upon receipt of confirmation of willingness to supervise from Assocuate Prof. Bi, proceed to apply formally to admission to the University and a scholarship using the standard application form, which can be found at domestic students or international students. In the application, you must:

  • indicate clearly you are applying for the IPE-CAS/UoA scholarship; and
  • attach the confirmation e-mail from Associate Prof. Bi (no application will proceed without this).

If you wish to know more about any of the projects before applying for a scholarship, you should feel free to contact one or both of the principal supervisors listed for the project.

The scholarships are open to both domestic and international students. Recipients of the scholarships:

  • will be full-time students of The University of Adelaide and will be awarded a University of Adelaide PhD degree upon successfully meeting requirements of the degree;
  • will spend at least two years fulltime equivalent at The University of Adelaide in Adelaide, and not less than 12 months at IPE-CAS, in one or more blocks of time fulltime equivalent at the Institute for Process Engineering in Beijing;
  • will receive a stipend at the APA/IGRS rate (set to be $26,288 in 2016 tax-free) whilst residing in Australia, IPE-CAS will be wholly responsible for the student’s cost of accommodation and other living expense while in Beijing;
  • will have the fees for the PhD degree waived;
  • will, for international students, have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) covered for the period of candidature; and
  • will have access to all standard facilities and other standard services enjoyed by PhD students at The University of Adelaide and the Institute for Process Engineering.

The projects on offer for 2017 are:

  • Hydrodynamics of a solar hybridised dual fluidised-bed gasifier. Primary supervisors are Professor Peter Ashman and Professor Suojiang Zhang. The aim of this project is to assess the hydrodynamics of cold flow model of a solar hybridised dual fluidized-bed gasifier.
  • Peptide-drug conjugate for long-acting and targeting drug delivery. Primary supervisors are Associate Professor Jingxiu Bi and Professor Yongdong Liu. The aim of this project is to develop a novel targeting drug delivery system based on peptide-drug conjugates.
  • Polyionic liquids as new materials for desalination. Primary supervisors are Professor Sheng Dai and Professor Xiangping Zhang. The aim of this project is to develop novel applications of ionic liquids in water treatment.
  • Design of Photocatalysts for Solar Hydrogen Production: from Fundamentals to Practice. Primary supervisors are Prof Shizhang Qiao and Professor Dan Wang. The aim of this project is to design and fabricate nano-structured photocatalysts, with high performance and low cost for solar hydrogen production via photocatalytic water splitting.
  • Nanobiocatalytic Preparation of Chitooligosccharidesas and Their Biological Function. Primary supervisors are Dr Hu Zhang and Professor Yuguang Du. The aim of this project is to prerpare a range of chitooligosaccharides with a controlled degree of polymerization through enzymatic hydrolusis of chitosan. The biological functions of these products will be evaluated.

Further information available on the Beacon Scholarships website.