Co-funded industry scholarships

The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research & Innovation is pleased to present a number of co-funded industry scholarships.

Enabling Active, Flexible and Efficient Remote Microgrid Project

Federation University is pleased to offer a PhD scholarship under the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources – Regional and Remote Communities Reliability funded project on microgrid feasibility study.

Stipend: $ 28,626 per annum (indexed annually)
Top-Up: N/A
Project support: $ 6,500
RTP Fee-offset Scholarship / Tuition Fee Scholarship: Available
Funding length: 3 years (only, no extensions permitted)
Location: Federation University, Mt Helen campus, VIC 3353.


Scholarship applicants must be eligible to undertake a PhD. Verify you can meet eligibility requirements outlined on the Graduate Research School website. If you are applying for ‘Honours equivalence,’ please ensure that you provide detailed information to support your case.

Applicants must submit the Microgrid Scholarship Application form along with their HDR Application Form

Applicants: International student (currently on-shore) and/or be Australian citizen or have permanent residency status.

Applicants should contact via e-mail with principal supervisor ( prior to submitting an application.

Application closing date: 13 December, 2020

How to apply: Application information is included in the links below. International students will need to apply via the StudyLink online application

Commencement date: Successful applicants will be expected to commence in February 2021. However, the commencement date may be negotiated by the successful candidate.

Research project outline

Project title: Enabling Active, Flexible and Efficient Remote Microgrid

Local generation in the form of solar photovoltaic systems is now standard in the Australian remote areas. Moreover, new power electronics-based loads and storages are also appearing in the system. These devices are fundamental building blocks for the future smart grid. Moreover, the Medium Voltage DC (MVDC) systems are anticipated to offer flexibility in next-generation distribution networks to enable higher renewable energy integration, benefit from more readily available energy storage, and manifest simpler control and operation. The intended outcome of this project to assess the techno-economic challenges of developing DC vs. AC microgrid in remote areas, from initial design, business model, right up to control and operation. This project will develop a data-driven novel and low-cost solution for such a micro-grid system.

Project Partners: University of Technology, Sydney and Wattwatchers


Principal Supervisor: Dr. Rakibuzzaman Shah, School of Engineering, Information Technology and Physical Sciences, Federation University Australia, Mt Helen, VIC 3353, Australia

Rakibuzzaman Shahis a senior lecturer with the School of Engineering, Information Technology and Physical Science at Federation University Australia. He has worked and consulted with DNOs and TSOs on individual projects and collaborative work on a large number of projects. His research interest includes Future power grids (i.e. Renewable energy integration, wide-area control), asynchronous grid connection through VSC-HVDC, application of data mining in power system, distribution system energy management and low carbon energy system.


Associate Supervisor Professor Syed Islam, School of Engineering, Information Technology and Physical Sciences, Federation University Australia, Mt Helen, VIC 3353, Australia

Syed Islam is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Dean of the School of Engineering, Information Technology and Physical Sciences at Federation University. He is an IEEE Fellow. He has published more than 300 technical articles in his area of expertise. His research interests include the condition monitoring of transformers, wind energy conversion, and smart power systems. He was the Founding Editor of the IEEE Transaction on sustainable Energy and is currently an Associate Editor of IET Renewable Power Generation. He was the Guest Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transaction on sustainable Energy special issue on Variable Power Generation Integration into Grid.


Co-supervisor: Associate Professor Jahangir Hossain, School of Electrical and Data Engineering, University of Technology Sydney, Ultimo, NSW 2007, Australia.

Jahangir Hossain is an Associate Professor with the School of Electrical and Data Engineering, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. Before joining there, he served as an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering, Macquarie University for three and a half year. His research interests include renewable energy integration and stabilization, voltage stability, micro grids and smart grids, robust control, electric vehicles, building energy management systems, and energy storage systems. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Access (2019-) and of then Technology and Economics of Smart Grids and Sustainable Energy (2016-). He also serves as the Deputy Chair of the IEEE NSW PES Chapter in 2020.


Buninyong & District Community Bank (BDCB) community development - community case study exploration

Stipend: $30,000 per calendar year paid fortnightly
Fees: Research Training Program Tuition Fee scholarship, valued at up to $29,900 per annum will cover the cost tuition fees for successful candidates
Support costs: up to $2000 per year

Eligibility: Applications are open to domestic candidates only.

How to apply: Application information is included in the links below.

Applications close: 

Federation University in conjunction with Buninyong & District Community Bank is pleased to offer a joint scholarship for a PhD candidate in the Federation Business School.

As a branch of Bendigo Bank, Buninyong & District Community Bank is committed to community engagement which will ‘contribute to growth and prosperity of its communities’. Bendigo Bank’s Community Banking Model was established in 1998 to build, nurture and empower communities around Australia through a new approach to banking. This Model is recognised globally for its successful shared value initiative that brings together profit, community development and reputation.

This PhD project aims to examine the Model in terms of how the Buninyong & District Community Bank supports and invests in economic and social sustainability. Then to identify impacts on the community, associated benefits to the bank, and may suggest an approach to defining ‘community impact’, helping to replicate the process in other communities. This is a collaborative project with the bank which takes a case study approach, using qualitative and quantitative financial, economic and social data to address the research aim, with a view to developing recommendations about future improvements, and for learnings that could be applied to the Australia-wide Bendigo Community Bank network.

The successful candidate will be required to participate in an industry placement with Buninyong & District Community Bank during their candidature.

Principal supervisorDr. Jerry Courvisanos, Associate Professor, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Federation Business School
Qualifications: BComm (NSW); MComm (NSW); GradDipEd (NSW); PhD (Newcastle). Experience: Jerry has extensive experience in research projects based on document analysis, survey instruments, interviews and focus groups. His basic research centres on understanding the processes of innovation and their impact on investment spending, business cycles, sustainable development and the long-term development of businesses, the economy and community. This work informs applied research into innovation and entrepreneurial activity for regional development, particularly in Australia. Three funded grant projects completed have been “Time Analysis Research Project – The Study of Small Towns in Victoria (1988)” – Victorian Government sustainability grant, “Building Innovation Capacity: The Role of Human Capital Formation in Large Enterprises” – NCVER project and “Towards a Sustainability Model of the Murray-Darling Basin Economy” – University of Ballarat, Business School funded. Jerry has also participated in three ARC projects on regional development.

Associate supervisor: Dr Jacqueline Tuck, Research Fellow, Federation Business School
Qualifications: BA Economics & Agricultural Economics, Joint Honours (Nottingham), PGCE (Nottingham), PhD (Ballarat).
Experience: As Research Fellow for over eight years, Jackie has both qualitative and quantitative research experience. As a researcher, she has completed two recent NCVER projects, including “Building Innovation Capacity: The Role of Human Capital Formation’ with Jerry Courvisanos, and an ARC project involving qualitative interviews. In particular, Jackie has experience conducting focus groups and undertaking qualitative interviews. Her PhD in the area of social responsibility and reputation utilised a mixed method approach including both focus groups and in-depth interviews.

Industry supervisor: Steven Falconer, Director, Community Investment, Buninyong & District Financial Services Ltd.

For further information contact Associate Professor Jerry Courvisanos on or by telephone on 5327 9417

How to apply:

Prospective candidates should indicate on the Application for Admission Form which co-funded industry scholarship they are applying for. Additionally, applicants for the Bendigo & District Community Banks Scholarship must also complete a Buninyong & District Community Bank Scholarship Application

The Application for Admission Form is available at Apply - Higher Degrees by Research.  All applicants should check their eligibility prior to applying.

Applications should include all relevant supporting documentation and FedUni must receive completed referee report forms by the scholarship closing date. As part of their application, prospective Higher Degree by Research applicants are also required to provide:

  • Application for Admission Form
  • Transcripts of all tertiary level academic study
  • Australian citizens must provide a copy of their birth certificate or passport
  • Permanent Residents must provide a copy of their visa and passport
  • List of published work with URL links and/or copy of each publication
  • Copy of honours or masters thesis abstract
  • Evidence for Australian honours equivalency, if applicable.
  • Any awards or accolades
  • Any other evidence of research performance

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