System Services in 100% Renewable Grids

Scholarship overview

  • Degree level

    Postgraduate doctoral

  • Value

    Stipend of approximately £20,622 per year for 3.5 years, tuition fees (Home or Overseas)

  • Number of awards


  • Academic year


  • Tuition fee status

    Home, Overseas

  • Mode of study

    Full time

  • Available to

    Prospective students

  • Application deadline

    30/11/2023 Closed

  • Additional information

  • Available to applicants in the following departments

    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Eligibility criteria

Essential Requirements:

Applicants should have a good first degree or a Master's degree (or other equivalent experience). Suitable backgrounds for these PhD positions include but are not limited to power engineering, mathematics, computing and energy economics. The successful candidate will have excellent understanding in the fields of power system operations and economics. Experience in data sciences and optimization will be helpful but not necessary to apply for the position.

Please note: This scholarship is not available to continuing students.

Application process

Further Information and application:

For informal enquiries, please contact Prof Mark O'Malley (

Please submit Phd application. Course code: Electrical Engineering Research - H6ZX. The application should also include a cover letter and your CV.

NB: In the application, the proposed research supervisor should be Prof Mark O'Malley to indicate that the application is for this post.

Full guidance on application process is available here. Any further queries regarding the application process should be directed to Hashi Chowdhury

Additional information

Position Summary:

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship, to be undertaken as part of the project "System Services in 100% Renewable Grids" at Imperial College London (Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) Department). The position is funded by the Leverhulme Professorship, held by Professor Mark O'Malley.

Summary of Project:

The project aims to propose and study services needed in electricity grids with very large penetrations of variable renewable resources. The efficacy of the services will be assessed across multiple objectives for the electric grid including but not limited to reliability, cost-effectiveness, affordability, and resiliency. As part of the project, emerging resources enabled by the digitalization and hybridization of energy systems will be modelled and their contribution to existing and proposed services will be studied to identify any potential revisions to resource participation models.

The project team will include Professor Mark O'Malley (Leverhulme Professor), Professor Janusz Bialek (a part-time Principal Research Fellow), Dr Elina Spyrou (Leverhulme Lecturer), three post-doctoral Research Associates, four pre-doctoral Research Assistants, and two PhD students. The team is aligned to the Global Power System Transformation (G-PST) initiative and its Research Agenda and the recently announced Global Centers in Electric Power Innovation for a Carbon-free Society (EPICS).


The PhD studentship includes a stipend of approximately £20,622 per year (tax-free) for three and a half years, tuition fees and support of research expenses and travel to collaborators and conferences. The opportunity is open to Home or Overseas applicants.

The PhD studentship is expected to start in early 2024.


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