Scholarship details

Funding Body:

University of Sydney


Postgraduate Scholarships in the Field of Complex Systems

Research Areas:

Sciences & Engineering


Postgraduate Research


Funding is available for applicants interested in carrying out fundamental and applied research in the field of complex systems. The research will involve theoretical work as well as computer simulations. It will aim to discover fundamental connections between information-theoretic and statistical-mechanical approaches to self-organisation, while investigating a variety of topics in nonlinear critical phenomena, with particular focus on information dynamics during phase transitions. 

The PhD will be supervised by Prof. Mikhail Prokopenko. The applicant will join the Complex Systems Research Group (CSRG) at The School of Civil Engineering – The University of Sydney. The CSRG group comprises ten academics, and has wide collaborations across the University, Australia, and internationally. It is a vibrant, world-leading group in the fields of guided self-organisation and critical phenomena forecasting.


The Scholarship is available for both local and domestic applicants with a full offer of admission into a PhD Program in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies. Applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to academic research in the relevant research field as outlined above.

Backgrounds in applied mathematics, physics, computer science, and specifically in information theory and statistical mechanics will be beneficial. Applicants must also have excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as a demonstrated ability to program in MATLAB, Java, or C++.

To apply, applicants must also have the equivalent of an Australian Bachelor’s Degree with 1st Class Honours in Engineering or Science, which includes an independent research project.



The research supervisor will award the Scholarship on the basis of an applicant’s academic record, curriculum vitae, research proposal and cover letter demonstrating their commitment to research in the proposed field, communication skills, ability to program in MATLAB, Java or C++ and their understanding of issues related to complex systems, critical phenomena and self-organisation. 

Amount awarded:

The Scholarship will provide a yearly stipend (living allowance) equivalent to the current year APA rate ($26,288 p.a. in 2016) for a period of three years subject to satisfactory academic progress.

Successful international applicants will also have their course fees paid for 3 years subject to satisfactory academic performance. The Scholarship may be extended for an additional period of 6 months.

No other amount is payable. Students are responsible for all other costs related to relocation and their studies.

Financial hardship

Applicants facing financial hardship may supply a separate statement with attached supporting documentation demonstrating their financial hardship and the benefit additional funding may provide with relocation costs.

At the discretion of the supervisor, additional funding may be provided to cover either the recipient’s health cover or a contribution towards their relocations expenses.  The amount provided would equal no more than the cost of an international recipient’s compulsory health cover. 


Application guide:

Further information about the field of research can be obtained from Professor Mikhail Prokopenko in the School of Civil Engineering at:

 Applications should be sent direct to: Please state the Scholarship title in the subject field and your name. Applications should include a copy of the applicant’s cover letter as explained under ‘selection’ and their curriculum vitae. The Faculty Scholarships Officer will obtain each applicant’s academic transcripts, offer letter and research proposal.


Please subject your email: Postgraduate Scholarships in the Field of Complex Systems

Closing date:

24 November 2016