PhD Scholarship in Developing New Titanium Alloys for Additive Manufacturing

Two PhD scholarships are available to develop novel titanium alloys that fully unlock the potential of fusion-based additive manufacturing with excellent mechanical properties.

The scholarships will be hosted at the Centre for Additive Manufacture, RMIT University (City Campus). This PhD project will suit someone who has an enthusiasm for experimental research and is interested in metal additive manufacturing. Applicant with background in physical metallurgy or materials engineering is advantageous while some microstructure characterisation experience would be desirable but not essential as training and guidance in these techniques will be given during the candidature. Successful applicants will be expected to conduct research at a high level and publish outcomes in internationally recognised journals.     

The scholarship will cover full tuition fees for domestic candidates and has an annual stipend of $31,885 (tax-free) for a period of three years of full-time study plus six months extension if required.

Applications are now open. 

Application will remain open till the PhD candidates are selected.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • Have a Master by Research degree; or
  • A Master by Coursework degree with a significant research component graded as high distinction or equivalent; or
  • An Honours degree achieving first-class honours in Engineering, or Science, or another suitable field.
  • A degree in physical metallurgy or materials engineering would be advantageous. Candidates of an Australian citizen or permanent residence are preferred.

To apply, please submit the following documents as one-single PDF file to Dr Dong Qiu at

This exciting project aims to develop a new class of titanium alloys tailored for metal additive manufacturing that have a great potential to meet the high demand of load-bearing applications in aerospace (e.g. structural components) and biomedical (e.g. dental and spinal) industries. The project expects to develop the knowledge to overcome the problems of common additively manufactured titanium alloys that have undesirably coarse columnar-grained microstructure and mechanical anisotropy. 

For further information, you can contact  Dr Dong Qiu at or Dr Duyao Zhang at

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