Zienkiewicz Scholarship

This scholarship is in honour of the late Professor Olgierd (Olek) Cecil Zienkiewicz, CBE, FREng, FRS. He joined Swansea University in 1961 as Head of the Department of Civil Engineering and was latterly Emeritus Professor of the University.

He was an exceptional British Civil Engineer and Scientist who was widely regarded as the "Father of the Finite Element Method", a computational modelling technique that allows engineers to design ever more challenging structures, aircraft or other components and processes with minimal use of expensive experimental testing.

The highly prestigious Zienkiewicz Scholarships are reserved for top calibre students (outstanding academic performance with a minimum of a First Class Honours Degree or equivalent, IELTS at 7.0 or equivalent and ideally a Masters Degree and/or research experience) and awards will be allocated on a competitive basis.

Making an Application

For those interested in obtaining one of these Scholarships, please submit a "Declaration of Interest" (CV - including the names of 2 independant references, transcripts and a short PhD proposal).

Declaration of Interest is invited from eligible candidates in any of the strategic areas of interest to the College of Engineering. For further details on research areas of interest to the College of Engineering, please follow the ‘Research’ link below.

Any applications made to the University without a "Declaration of Interest" will not be considered for the Scholarship. 

Applications will be live throughout the year as we accept students on a case by case basis.

Please send your "Declaration of Interest" or any questions you may have to engineering@swansea.ac.uk or phone us on 01792 295514.

Dr Chennakesava Kadapa

What/where did you study before joining us at Swansea University?

Prior to coming to Swansea, I had been working at GE in Bangalore for 2 years. Before that, I graduated with an MTech Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kanpur.

I’m originally from Tadpatri, Anantapur district, Andhrapradesh, in India.

What interested you about the scholarship?

The Zienkiewicz name appealed to me immediately, as Professor Zienkiewicz was one of the leaders of the Finite Element Method. Additionally, Swansea University is a leading institution for computational mechanics.

After doing some research, I decided that Dr Wulf Dettmer’s research in fluid structure interaction was in line with my own research interests and that I would like to work with him. I contacted Dr Dettmer directly and he agreed to supervise my research.

What was the focus of your PhD?

I studied full-time, and my supervisors were Dr Wulf Dettmer and Professor Djordje Peric. My research was on isogeometric analysis with a focus on nearly incompressible material models. To try to simplify, I was concentrating the simulation of rubber-like materials and material plasticity for various applications, which could be used in many industries.

What was your experience of being a research student in Swansea?

The research environment in Swansea’s College of Engineering is excellent. The computational resources are excellent too, and working alongside the eminent faculty was a fantastic experience. My supervisors were warm and friendly and always open to my input and new ideas.

What was your experience of living/studying in Swansea?

Swansea is a nice, simple city to live in, which allowed me to completely focus on my research. Of course, Swansea is a great location with beautiful beaches and nearby mountains. There is a positive multicultural atmosphere here too, which is fantastic for an international student.

What did you do after completing your PhD?

I joined Swansea University as a postdoctoral researcher in the same group after completing my PhD. I’m working on the simulation of fluid structure interaction for an industrial project with a German company, Schaeffler Technologies.

I stayed here because I really like the city, but mostly because the project was really good. I have the opportunity to learn new concepts and to establish my career as a researcher. The collaboration with industry is especially important, as it helps me to extend my network.