School of Engineering, University of WarwickSI

Supervisor: Professor Xiaowei Zhao
Application deadline: 28 February 2019
Start date: 01 October 2019
Duration: 3 years

The project:

This project aims to develop advanced control algorithm with applications on one or two fields (depending on the background of the student) in wind/tidal turbines, wind/tidal farms, very flexible aircrafts, microgrid, wind farm-grid interactions, smart grid, etc. The PhD student is expected to collaborate with researchers working in these areas in the project supervisor's team.
The applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible because this post is on a rolling basis and the starting date is also flexible. For informal discussion of this opportunity, please contact Prof. Xiaowei Zhao at

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain by the start date) at least a good 2.1 degree (and preferably a Masters degree) or equivalent from an overseas institution.

The scholarship will pay an annual stipend at the standard rate (currently £14777, this will increase each year) and covers 100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for 3 years. International students are welcome to apply but need meet the difference in costs (talking with Prof. Zhao for options).

How to apply:

Email a full CV, academic transcripts, and cover letter, explaining your interest in pursuing a PhD in this area to: ‘PhD Application’ in the subject line.

If you are successful at the interview you will be required to submit a formal application for study and fulfil the entry requirements set by the University of Warwick. As soon as you have a University ID number you will be invited to upload your degree certificate, transcripts, and a personal statement that explains your specific research interests and why you should be considered for this award. To make a formal application you must complete the online application form and quote scholarship XZ19. Details of how to make a formal application can be found here