UOW / UoS Joint Dual Degree PhD Scholarship - Gravity compensation strategies in origami-based morphing structures

Closing date: Wednesday 31 July 2024

The purpose of the scheme is to foster international collaboration by enabling PhD students to spend time at Surrey and Wollongong, with supervisors from both institutions.

This project aims to revolutionize sustainable architecture by blending two emerging technologies: origami and gravity compensation. Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, has shown promise in inspiring exciting morphing structures for novel applications. One remarkable application with global impact is climate-responsive façades. These façades possess the unique capability to alter their shape in response to environmental conditions, improving the energy efficiency of buildings. However, real world challenges arise for large-scale reconfigurable façades due to gravity effects. To tackle this, we employ the specialized gravity compensation technique, primarily used in robotics, to eliminate the gravitational payload on façades reducing the complexity and power of their actuation systems. The proposed innovative solution will enable the façades to effortlessly adapt to environmental changes, promoting efficiency and affordability for sustainable buildings. This research pioneers a path towards smarter and greener architecture, unlocking the full potential of origami-inspired and zero-gravity enabled solutions for future sustainable architectures.

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences

Study area: Engineering

Student type: Domestic students, International students

Student status: Current student, Future Students

Scholarship amount

Candidates will receive a stipend scholarship and fee waiver.

The stipend scholarship will be no less than AUD $34,000, indexed annually for the term of the scholarship.


3.5 years

Application process

Applications should be submitted online, via the application form linked.

Required documents should include:

  • Academic Transcripts
  • A CV detailing educational background, professional experience, awards, prizes and any other achievements relevant to the field of study.
  • Proof of English proficiency (for international students)
  • Evidence of Achievements: Documentation of any prizes, awards, or significant research outputs that demonstrate the candidate’s excellence in their field.
  • In place of a research proposal, please upload a document that includes the title of the project you are applying for, the name of the relevant supervisor, and a personal statement (maximum 500 words). This statement should make a compelling case for your consideration by addressing the five eligibility criteria outlined above. It should specifically detail how your previous experiences have prepared you for doctoral research and this particular project, and explain how this PhD will advance your career aspirations.

Eligibility requirements

Open to Australian and international candidates.

Candidates who meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply as these criteria demonstrate their readiness and commitment to advancing knowledge within their chosen area of doctoral study.

  1. Academic Qualifications: Hold a 1st class Honours degree or its equivalent in a discipline relevant to the doctoral research area, or a Masters by Research degree demonstrating advanced knowledge and research capability.
  2. Preparedness for Doctoral Research: Provide a compelling case detailing how their academic and professional training has prepared them for the demands and challenges of doctoral research.
  3. Alignment with Career Aims: Articulate how the doctoral research will contribute to their long-term career aims and professional goals.
  4. Recognition and Achievements: Demonstrate a record of excellence, including multiple prizes, awards, or significant research outputs relevant to their academic field and indicative of their potential for significant contributions to their area of study.
  5. Professional Experience: Outline any professional experience and convincingly argue its relevance to their doctoral project.

Please note that international candidates must also fulfill English language requirements to be admitted to the PhD program. This generally involves achieving an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or its equivalent, with no less than 6.0 in each language domain. Refer to the Course Handbook for specific requirements pertinent to your discipline.

Application closing date

Wednesday 31 July 2024

Contact information

Graduate Research School