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Research at UCL Australia

UCL School of Energy and Resources

Research in the School of Energy and Resources focuses on both the upstream and downstream development of energy and resources, covering a wide range of disciplines - from engineering and economics to environmental science and law. 

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Mullard Space Science Laboratory

The Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) is a world-leading research organisation delivering a broad science programme that is underpinned by a strong capability in space science instrumentation, space-domain engineering, space medicine, systems engineering and project management.

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International Energy Policy Institute

The International Energy Policy Institute (IEPI) was created to address key policy issues in the mineral, energy and resources industries through intensive and innovative research.

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Research at the IEPI

Professor Stefaan Simons

Professor Stefaan Simons

Scholarships and Finance

Internal scholarships

UCL Australia offers scholarships in partnership with industry to attract highly motivated and talented students to our world-class postgraduate programmes.
International students can apply to study at UCL Australia with funding support through the following scholarship programmes.

BHP Billiton PhD Scholarships 

Up to four scholarships are available for PhD studies at UCL Australia, starting in February 2015. Scholarships cover tuition fees and a (tax free) living stipend of $A 25,392 p.a. for four years.  Full details and conditions for the 2015 BHP Billiton PhD Scholarships can be viewed in the PhD Scholarship Regulations.

Applications for this round of scholarships will only be considered for research in one of the four priority areas listed below:

Better monitoring for managing the impacts of offshore petroleum developments

Monitoring is critical for managing the impacts of offshore petroleum and other coastal developments, but is often difficult and expensive. Although getting long term baseline data would be ideal, in many cases this just isn’t possible. New techniques and better planning are needed to deal with these sorts of constraints and to maximise the information from any monitoring we can do. Improvements are also needed in the way this feeds back into environmental assessment and management. Several research topics could be supported in this area, including developing new (statistically powerful) designs for monitoring programmes with and without baselines, for a range of different activities (e.g. seismic, oil spills, dredging). Another area that could be supported is in developing new ecotoxicology methods for environmental assessment and management of activities such as dredging and the use of dispersants on oil spills. 

For more information please contact Dr Craig Styan.

System design and dynamics on the sustainable energy and emissions planning in South Australia

The imminent depletion of non-renewable energy resources and the issues surrounding their associated emissions have prompted renewable energy technologies to be seen as their primary replacement to generate electricity. However, poor energy density coupled with high capital costs have resulted in an unconducive and challenging environment for the implementation and sustainability of renewable energy systems especially in South Australia. There have been numerous initiatives to address the issue but the impact of these initiatives on the system holistically remains at best a conjecture if they are isolated from other factors such as the economy, sustainability and emissions planning. This project seeks to investigate the policies and decisions required in realising renewable energy systems and emission planning activities that are sustainable using a system dynamics approach from a holistic perspective for a region such as South Australia.

For more information please contact Dr Eng Hwa Yap.

Life-cycle assessment of shale gas operations

There is wide discrepancy between various life-cycle assessment studies that have been made on shale gas operations. Some show that the extracted gas has a higher GHG impact than coal, others less. Comparative and consequential (e.g. policy and/or technology driven) LCA is required to truly determine whether shale gas makes sense as a transition fuel in a carbon constrained economy.

For more information please contact Professor Stefaan Simons.

Full spherical hyperspectral imaging from aerobots for vicarious calibration of spaceborne and aerial EO visible/NIR

Accurate measurements of land surface spectral reflectance (≤5%) from different spaceborne sensors from the increasingly large numbers of EO (Earth Observation) spacecraft require so-called vicarious calibration using simultaneously acquired surface spectral and directional reflectance measurements. This research will look at taking previously developed Near Infra-Red (NIR) instrumentation from MSSL and extending it into the Short Wavelength Infra-Red (SWIR) as part of the available detection hardware at a dedicated calibration site in Australia, proposed as an extension to the existing RADCALNET sites. The PhD research would consist of developing the best measurement and processing strategy for calculating spectral reflectances, and combining these with other data to build 3D models of the detected surface.

The prospective student will be expected to have a strong background in physics, and preferably remote sensing physics.

For more information please contact Dr Ady James.

To apply for one of these scholarships, please send an email enquiry to Mr Mark Johnson

• A cover letter stating clearly which area you are interested in, a summary of your research experience  and a brief outline of the direction your research would take during your PhD 

• A curriculum vitae, including your academic qualifications and a list of any academic publications

• Contact details of two professional referees who could be asked to comment on your academic abilities

Closing date for applications is 5 pm (Adelaide time), Friday 10 October 2014.

For further inquiries about these scholarships or the PhD programme at UCL Australia, please contact the Departmental Graduate Tutor.

Additional UCL scholarships

UCL Australia applicants are also welcome to apply for other UCL scholarships if they meet the eligibility criteria. It is important to consider applying early, as the timetable for application to, and award of, UCL scholarships is linked to the academic year in the northern hemisphere. More information.

External scholarships

Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowships

The Schlumberger Foundation is accepting new applications for the 2015–2016 Faculty for the Future Fellowships from September 10th to November 14th, 2014.

The Faculty for the Future program, launched in 2004, awards fellowships to women from developing and emerging economies to pursue PhD or Post-doctorate studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines at leading universities worldwide. More information.

International Bar Association scholarships

The IBA Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL), together with its Academic Advisory Group (AAG), accept applications from students requiring funding for advanced studies or research in the fields of energy and natural resources law.

The scholarships scheme is open to students at any institution where at least one member of the faculty is an IBA/SEERIL member (this presently applies to UCL Australia). More information.  

Australia Awards Scholarships

The Commonwealth Government of Australia provides funding for a number of scholarships aimed at strengthening human resource capacity in Australia's partner countries. The Australia Awards Scholarships (formerly known as Australian

Development Scholarships) program aims to contribute to the long-term development needs of Australia's partner countries and promote growth and stability. The scholarships provide opportunities for people from developing countries to undertake full-time undergraduate or postgraduate study in Australia. Up to 1000 Australia Awards Scholarships are awarded equally between men and women each year across 31 countries.

Depending on the participating country and its priority areas, scholarships may be available for UCL Australia’s Master’s and/or PhD programmes.
Australia Awards Scholarships include full tuition, return economy airfares, a stipend for living expenses and basic medical insurance. Find out more about the scholarships and who is eligible for these awards.

Australia Awards Fellowships

The Australia Awards Fellowship provides scholarships with the view to developing leadership, building partnerships and links and addressing priority issues in the Asia-Pacific region. The programme has been specifically set up to attract current and future leaders from the region. 

For Master’s and PhD applicants, these awards include return economy airfares, an annual stipend, an establishment allowance, an annual study enrichment allowance and leadership training, up to a maximum of AUD$35,000. The full cost of tuition is also covered.

Applicants must include a letter of offer of admission from UCL Australia in their application.

Specific information, including the application process, is available from the Australia Awards website.

Endeavour Postgraduate Awards

The Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship programme, the Endeavour Postgraduate Awards, provides opportunities for citizens of the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Europe and Americas to undertake postgraduate study, research and professional development in Australia. Awards are also available for Australians to undertake postgraduate study, research and professional development overseas.

Further information, including eligibility criteria and application procedures.