PhD Studentship Scheme 2021
- Sunway University is committed quality and impactful research. To this end, Sunway University is pleased to provide support to students registered on our postgraduate research programmes so that they are able to carry out research that can contribute to the needs of our community.
- The PhD Studentship award is offered to students who are enrolled in Sunway a University Doctoral by Research programme to support research in various area of studies in the University and to instil excellent values amongst postgraduate students academically and socially. This award scheme is open to both local and international students.
- The PhD Studentship award is offered to doctoral by research students who are undertaking research in the following area: (Note click on research area for further details).
- Materials Science
- Data Science
- Future Cities
- Optimal Control
- Applied Statistics in Healthy Ageing Research
- Graph Theory, Combinatorics
- Material Culture, Arts and Crafts, Cultural Studies, Anthropology
- Research-Creation, Culture, Creative Arts
- Future Cities, Design, Art and New Media, Digital Humanities
- Healthy Ageing
- Non-Communicable Diseases
- Communicable Diseases
- Organisational Health
- High-Impact Multi-disciplinary Project on Business Sustainability Studies
- Sustainability Reporting and Sustainable Business
- Entrepreneurship Studies
- Studentship only applicable to Full-time students and funding for standard programme duration and active study time in Sunway University:
- Standard Doctoral Thesis Format for 3 years (including Research Creation Format)
- Journal Thesis Format for 2 years
- The PhD Studentship scheme will cover the following:
- Registration and resource fees
- Tuition Fees
- RM3,000 monthly stipend
- Doctor of Philosophy (Computing) By Research
- Doctor of Philosophy (Business)
- Doctor of Philosophy in Biology
- Doctor of Philosophy in Creative Arts & Media
- Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematical Sciences
- Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Science
- Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
- Doctor of Philosophy in Sustainability Science and Technology
Who can Apply
The PhD Studentship award is open to both local and international students that is enrolled to a doctoral by research programme at Sunway University.
To apply for the scholarship, the student must meet the eligibility criteria for the scholarship. The eligibility criteria are as follow:
- Sunway Graduates
- Master Degree with CGPA ≥ 3.50 or Distinction or its equivalent
- Published one SCOPUS indexed or equivalent output.
- Offer of award is subject to selection and interview process.
- Other Graduates
- Master Degree with CGPA ≥ 3.50 or Distinction or its equivalent recognised by local/foreign university.
- Graduated from a global top 600 university [QS or THE])
- Published one SCOPUS indexed, or equivalent output.
- Offer of award is subject to selection and interview process.
Note: Students who are given direct entry to Doctoral level from Bachelor level are eligible for the PhD Studentship Scheme, subject to meeting the following requirement:
- CGPA ≥ 3.67/First Class Bachelor Degree.
- Pass Sunway University Internal Assessment.
- Meet requirements of No. 1 or No.2 and other conditions set by Sunway University and regulatory bodies.
Application starts on 14th December 2020. Please refer to the table below for the deadline of the submission:
Deadline Application Submission
Announcement of Result
25 June 2021
24 Sept 2021
7 May 2021
24-26 May 2021
31 May 2021
How to apply?
- To apply, please submit the Scholarship Application Form together with the Admission Form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Download the form here
- The completed form and required supporting documents are to be submitted before the set deadline.
- Applications for support should be made by completing the Postgraduate Research Scholarship Application Form upon application for admission to a PGR programme. The application form is to be submitted to the School for Head of Department recommendation and Dean support.
- An evaluation of the scholarship application will be conducted by a panel of reviewers who will select and shortlist scholarship candidates for interview.
- Shortlisted candidates will attend an interview according to the scheduled date for the final selection.
- Letter of offer of scholarship will be given to successful candidates. Candidates who are unsuccessful will be notified.
Terms & Conditions
- Students need to have received full offer to a Doctoral by research programme at Sunway University.
- Undertake research in one of the research areas that has been identified for the PhD Studentship award.
- Student must be active to receipt the PhD Studentship scheme funding.
- Offer of studentship will only be made when all documentation required for the application is provided, including official results and certificates of previous qualifications.
- Incomplete or late submissions of application will not be accepted.
- The studentship will be terminated if the candidate fails to make satisfactory progress, fails to complete the programme within three years, withdraws part way through the programme, or if his/her enrolment in the programme is terminated for any reason.
- Sunway University reserves the right to involve the studentship recipients in interviews, advertisements, photography or other publicity-related activities for the purpose of promoting the educational institution.
- Non-compliance with any of the terms and conditions related to the relevant scholarship and with the requirement stipulated in the University’s Postgraduate Research Scholarship Policy will result in a breach of contract.
The following are the proposed research topics for Materials Science:
- Novel electrolyte systems for CO2 capture and its Utilization in power storage devices.
- Mechanism of CO2 reaction with novel adsorbents composed of natural aminoacids immobilized on palm shell activated carbon.
- Mechanism, thermodynamic and kinetic parameters of CO2 absorption into novel nanofluids.
- Emerging Nano-materials (MXene) in improving the performance of solar PV system.
- Advanced Thermal Energy Storage Using Nano-Phase Change Materials
- MXene in electrochemical energy storage applications.
- Tailoring the porosity and conductivity of Activated carbon synthesized from biowastes decorated with a thin metal film as an anode for Lithium Ion Batteries.
- Development and characterisation of chalcogenide based free standing flexible films for thermoelectric device.
- Computational predictions of energy nanomaterials using density functional theory (DFT)
- Evaluation and design of equipped unmanned aerial systems (drone) for real time characterization of radiological pollution after nuclear accidents
- Hybrid 2D conductive polymer composites for protection against EMI and ensuring the EMC of electronic/wireless devices
- Development of a state-of-the-art technique for bio dosimetry of human tissue
The following are the proposed research topics for Data Science:
- Data modelling and analyses for data science application in in cyberspace
- Fairness in machine learning algorithms for predictive modelling
- Blockchain-based federated learning framework for securing IoT
The following are the proposed research topic for Future Cities:
- Deep learning for intelligent sensing, vision and image compression systems
- Enhanced 5G and B5G wired and wireless networks with distributed learning and energy efficient mechanisms
- Adaptive traffic light network control scheme for traffic flow control with formal verification of artificial intelligence models
- Optimal control strategies for energy efficient HVAC system with predictive building utilisation
- Autonomous In-Situ Detection of Air and Water Quality Using UAV To Monitor Environmental Pollution
Research focused on optimal control of nonlinear switched systems with uncertain parameters:
- Derivation of fundamental mathematical theory underpinned these optimal control problems;
- Development of computational methods, supported by rigorous mathematical analysis, for solving these optimal control problems
- Application of the theory and computational methods obtained to real world problems such as the optimization and control of the production of 1,3-propanediol via microbial fermentation.
- Optimal Control Computation for Nonlinear Switched systems with Uncertain Parameters
Applied Statistics in Healthy Ageing Research
Life expectancy has increased steadily over the past two centuries, due in part to the decline in late-life mortality. However, whether the extra years of life are spent in good or poor health has become a major concern and has important implications for individuals and societies.
Differentials in old-age burden of disease and comorbidities have led to considerable inequalities in health and quality of life among the older population. This PhD research incorporates longitudinal analysis on inequalities in health due to non-communicable diseases (such as cardiovascular diseases and dementia) or other causes amenable to medical intervention, among different socioeconomic and socio-cultural subgroups of older populations.
This project requires the use of in-depth multivariate analysis for demographic research with methodological innovations, in order to produce new insights into the determinants and future of health, comorbidity, and quality of life among the ageing population.
The following is the proposed research topic:
- Differentials and determinants in old-age comorbidities: Cohort study of socio-cultural subgroups.
Graph Theory, Combinatorics
In recent years, graph theory has been one of the most rapidly growing areas of mathematics. Graph theory and its applications can be found not only in other branches of mathematics such as algebra, geometry, combinatorics and topology, but also in other scientific disciplines, ranging from computer sciences, engineering, management sciences and life sciences.
Graph theory studies the mathematical structures that used to model pairwise relations between objects. This allows us to model and analyze the structure of a network. We also study the properties of graphs. For example, the crossing number of a graph G is the lowest number of edge crossings of a plane drawing of the graph G. For instance, a graph is planar if and only if its crossing number is zero. The skewness of a graph G is the minimum number of edges in G whose removal results in a planar graph.
Graph theory are usually studied along with combinatorics. Very often, problem confronted in discrete problems, are problems of counting. Combinatorics is an important branch of mathematics involving the study of arrangements of objects and finite discrete structures. Counting of objects or arrangements of objects is an important part of combinatorics.
In combinatorial mathematics, Ramsey's theorem, in one of its graph-theoretic forms, states that one will find monochromatic cliques in any edge labelling (with colours) of a sufficiently large complete graph.
The following is the proposed research topic:
- On Ramsey-type theorems for integers and other related problems in combinatorics.
Material Culture, Arts and Crafts, Cultural Studies, Anthropology
The PhD candidate will be part of the new research cluster Future Cities and will participate in the theoretical and historical research on material culture in the city, especially objects and artefacts through the ages.
The candidate will be expected to analyse the sociological, economic and cultural aspects of some specific and significant objects which were exported to the West and/or imported in Southeast Asian cities, in particular Malaysian cities.
The PhD candidate will examine the different contexts and networks in relation to some objects which became popular, the role of these objects in urban daily life. It is expected that the candidate pays special attention to the designs (tracing back possible forms of syncretism), motives (style and artistic influences), and the materials and techniques used (adaptation of foreign techniques for instance).
The following is the proposed research topic:
- Travelling Objects: Eastern/Western Encounters
Research-Creation, Culture, Creative Arts
The PhD candidate will be expected to conduct research on the relationship between time and creative processes, or work on the notions of malleability, elasticity and/or hybridity in one of these areas: design, film, music or theatre. The student is expected to complete a full PhD thesis if s/he chooses the theoretical/historical approach, or a creative output and a thesis on the creative process if s/he chooses the research-creation route.
Future Cities, Design, Art and New Media, Digital Humanities
The PhD candidate will be part of the new research cluster on Future Cities and will be working on a creative output in relation to one of the following broad themes:
- Future Art Gardens
- Nature in the Future Cities
- City Shadows
- Liveable Cities
- Inclusive Cities
- Malleable Cities
Malaysia is expected to reach ageing population status by the year 2035, at which point 15% of the total population will be 60 years and older. There is an urgent need to form multi-disciplinary teams to find solutions to meet the needs of older adults. This priority research area includes these topics:
- Age-related disorders and diseases including but not limited to neurodegenerative, joint and eye diseases, sensory impairments, skin ageing
- Providing a good quality of life from cognitive, mental health, interventions (e.g. benefits of forest therapy), nutrition, social and physical environment, attitudes
- Arts and culture perspectives
- Age-related opportunities and challenges from the economic and government policy standpoint
Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) kill 41 million people each year, equivalent to 71% of all deaths globally. In Malaysia, NCDs are the leading cause of death and morbidity among adults. There is an urgent need to work in multi-disciplinary teams to find solutions for the management, prevention and control of NCDs. This priority research area includes these topics:
- Cardiovascular diseases and hypertension
- Cancer biology and genetics
- Development of novel drugs (gene, oncolytic virus, peptide vaccine) and natural products for cancer therapy
- Drug delivery and therapeutics development
- Immunological disorders
- Mental health and cognitive function
- Neurodegenerative diseases and neuroprotection
- Pain research and management
- Infant /children development and parenting research
- Patient's self-management: Promoters, barriers, and health behaviours (cancer, diabetes, AIDS, etc)
- Association of periodontal pathogens in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Alzheimer’s Disease
Communicable Diseases (CDs) are considered natural disasters as they have the potential to overwhelm the capacity of communities worldwide in the form of epidemics and pandemics. The last two decades have seen at least 1 billion people affected by natural disasters, with millions suffering from CDs. CDs can be caused by bacteria, viruses and parasites. There is an urgent need to work in multi-disciplinary teams to find solutions to manage, prevent and control CDs. This priority research area includes these topics:
- Infectious diseases caused by bacteria, viruses and parasites in humans (e.g. Periodontal and gastro-intestinal bacteria, Enterovirus 71, dengue virus, - HIV, influenza virus, SARSCo-V-2, Hepatitis C and Acanthamoeba keratitis)
- Development of novel antimicrobial/antiviral drugs against multidrug resistant bacteria, viruses, algae and parasites
- Discovery of novel natural products, small chemical molecules, antimicrobial /antiviral peptides, biomaterials for drug delivery
- Development of novel vaccines against bacteria, viruses and parasites
- Development of novel diagnostics for detection and identification of pathogens
- Ecology and physiology of environmental pathogens causing diseases in aquaculture and livestock.
Is an emerging field of study that investigates changes in the biological, physical, social and economic environments, all of which have implications on human health. Eco-Health brings together ecologists, social scientists, agricultural scientists, physicians and landscape/urban planners to provide innovative, practical solutions to reduce or reverse the negative health effects of ecosystem change – this is vital for the improvement of public health. This priority research area includes these topics:
- Ecology and conservation of Malaysian biodiversity
- Nature-based climate solutions
- Bioprospecting of novel compounds and genes from native biodiversity
- Green chemistry
- Plastic pollution
We spend most of our time in an organisational environment. This makes the investigation of health in an organisation crucial. Employers are increasingly aware that apart from a healthy workforce, they also need employees who are positively engaged, socially responsible, and that alignment of employees, work teams, and organisational goals are important for organisational success. Organisational health has implications on the costs and the rise of human capital accounting, and vitally that contributes to business, organizational and personal effectiveness. This priority research area includes these topics:
- Diversity and Inclusivity at the workplace
- Work and workplace design/crafting for employee’s health and effectiveness
- Leadership as critical mechanism to employee’s health and well-being
- Changing nature of work on employee’s health and well-being
- Aligning leadership and organisational climate and culture in building trust
- Working parent’s role management and mental health
High-Impact Multidisciplinary Project on Business Sustainability Studies
Using Big Data on 160 countries on 160,000 listed firms, economic data on some 200 economies from an IMF/OECD database available is realistically possible to engage in high-impact multidisciplinary fundamental and applied research. The research focus within this research area includes:
- Big Data & Trend Analytics
- Fintech, Blockchain, Algorithm Development
- In-depth Business sustainability modelling for sustainability-index creation and Advocacy
Sustainability Reporting and Sustainable Business
This project examines whether Sustainability practices matter more for politically connected firms in Malaysia. One of the most crucial corporate governance mechanisms is to provide better monitoring and advisory functions for the firms. Prior studies evidence that the government is known as a sizable force to enhance the firm's value. Essentially, non-politically-connected firms establish links with a politician for accessing adequate resources. Therefore, the project addresses the question of whether politically connected firms have impacted environmental performance. This project has important implications for regulators and policy-makers in the capital market. The research focus within this research area includes:
- Developing a sustainability reporting framework to manage the drivers of social and economic performance in the Malaysian context
- Sustainability Reporting and political connections
The candidate doing research under this research area will be sponsored by SMM Centre for Nested Entrepreneurship for their PhD Studentship award.
Research in this priority area would provide a better understanding of how institutions influence opportunity identification, evaluation, and exploitation decisions of potential entrepreneurs. Hence, providing valuable insights into specific and relevant capabilities, competencies, and skills is vital for engaging in entrepreneurial endeavours.
- A Framework for Enhancing Capabilities and Competencies of Graduate Entrepreneurship in Malaysia
Another research focus for Entrepreneurship study is the impact of COVID-19 on entrepreneurial businesses.
This study aims to give decision-makers and entrepreneurs a variety of practical insights regarding the challenges posed by COVID-19 and the required actions at the social, economic, and technological levels. The following is the proposed research topic:
- The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on entrepreneurial businesses: An empirical investigation of critical success factors.