La Trobe University Industry Research Scholarship Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) Development of High Purity BNNT Thin Films for Energy Storage


Per annum for three and a hold years. Fee relief additional.

Opening date

Closing date



Who is it for?

Future PhD candidates, Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident

Where is it available?


How is it paid?

Fortnightly stipend


The closing date of this scholarship is 31 August 2021 unless otherwise filled.

This prestigious scholarship established by La Trobe University in partnership with the Defence Science and Technology Group, will be awarded to an outstanding applicant who is interested in developing methods to integrate functionality into composite structures to gain advantages in lightweight remotely controlled aerial systems. Energy storage is a critical function and methods to integrate energy storage that also provide load bearing capability will lead to significant capability advantages for Defence.

As an applicant you should have an interest in nanomaterials and their application to energy storage. A background in chemistry, physics or material science is desirable. Your project will develop novel separator layers required in energy storage devices, such as supercapacitors and batteries. Novel methods to purify Boron Nitride Nanotubes (BNNTs) to exploit their full structural benefit and improved techniques to deposit controlled thickness and porosity thin films with load bearing capacity will be developed.

Benefits of the scholarship include:

  • a La Trobe Research Scholarship for three and a half years, with a value of $28,597.00 per annum, to support your living costs (2021 rate)
  • a fee-relief scholarship for up to four years
  • relocation allowance and publication/thesis allowance
  • opportunities to work with La Trobe’s and Defence Science and Technology Group’s outstanding researchers, and have access to our suite of professional development programs
  • this project is part of a larger collaborative partnership with The University of Delaware, The University of New South Wales, and Deakin University.
  • access to state-of-the-art composite and advanced materials characterisation facilities at DSTG Fishermans Bend.

Are you eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, applicants must:

•be an Australian citizen

•meet the entrance requirements for the proposed course,

•not be receiving another scholarship greater than 75 per cent of the stipend rate for the same purpose

In selecting successful applicants, we prioritise applications from candidates who:

•will be enrolled full-time and undertaking their research at a La Trobe University campus

•have completed a Masters by Research or other significant body of research, such as an honours research thesis or lead authorship of a peer-reviewed publication, assessed at a La Trobe Masters by research standard of 75 or above

How to apply

Please contact A/Prof Narelle Brack to discuss the research proposal and to secure agreement of supervision.

If you wish to apply for this scholarship, follow Step 3 on our research application page – please ensure you submit a full application for scholarship and candidature

As part of your application you are not required to identify a potential supervisor – A/Prof Narelle Brack is the designated supervisor for this project.

In your application, clearly indicate that you wish to be considered for the La Trobe University Industry Research Scholarship: Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG): Development of High Purity BNNT Thin Films for Energy Storage.

The University will carefully review your application and consider you for this scholarship.

If you are shortlisted for the scholarship and candidature, you will be invited to an interview with representatives of La Trobe and DSTG.

The final decision will be made based on your application and interview. The successful candidate will be made an offer for candidature and scholarship.

You will be advised of an outcome in September 2021.

Who to contact for further information

Associate Professor Narelle Brack,