Scholarship details

Funding Body:

The University of Sydney


Postgraduate Scholarship in Entrainment in Rough Wall Boundary Layers

Research Areas:

Sciences & Engineering


Postgraduate Research


Funding is available for a PhD project focused on both fundamental and applied research in the field of environmental fluid flow. The research will involve theoretical work as well as wind-tunnel experiments and data analysis. It will aim to examine they dynamics and scaling of entrainment in turbulent boundary layers occurring over rough surfaces.  Quantitative information will be acquired by particle image velocimetry to identify influence of surface roughness on boundary layer growth. This information will then help to investigate scaling of the entrainment phenomena.

The PhD will be supervised by Dr Kapil Chauhan. The successful applicant will join the Centre for Wind, Waves and Water at The School of Civil Engineering, within the University of Sydney. The centre comprises seven academics, and has wide collaborations across the University, Australia, and internationally. The centre hosts state-of-art experimental facilities for research in the field of environment flows. 



Applicants need to satisfy the eligibility criteria for PhD enrolment at The University of Sydney. Backgrounds in applied mathematics, physics, wind-tunnel experiments, data-analysis, and specifically in boundary layer flows will be beneficial.

The successful applicant will demonstrate a strong commitment to academic research in the proposed field. He/she will have excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as demonstrated ability to program in MATLAB or C++, and will be willing to create and develop original approaches to tackle open questions. He/she will have a degree equivalent to an Australian Bachelor’s Degree with 1st Class Honours in Engineering or Science which includes an independent research project and who ranked in the top 15% of the cohort.


Amount awarded:

The scholarship is valued at the APA rate ($26,288 per annum in 2016, tax exempt, indexed annually) and may be renewed up to three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

Successful international students will receive a fee waiver covering tuition fees payable by international students, as well as the living allowance valued at the APA rate.  


Application guide:

Further information can be obtained from Dr Kapil Chauhan at  

Applications should be sent by email to Dr Chauhan at the above email address and should include a resume and a cover letter. In the cover letter, applicants should include a short (about 250 words) research statement explaining their background and understanding of issues related to urban boundary layer.



Closing date:

11 December 2015