PhD Industry Experience
Supporting knowledge transfer between businesses and PhD students through unpaid industry placements of up to 30 business days.
- The last assessment round closed 8 April 2016.
- Short-term placements for PhD students.
- Students' applications will be assessed at regular intervals, with applications received before the cut-off date of each assessment round being considered in that round.
Successful student applicants can demonstrate their skills to prospective employers and expand their practical workplace knowledge and networks, through short term, unpaid placements.
Their project placements will be part of their course and their business supervisor will provide feedback to the university on their contribution to the project. Students must operate in accordance with the host business’ policies. The work the student does during the placement belongs to the host business.
How to apply
Applications are closed.
Check your eligibility before preparing your application:
If you are eligible, you can choose up to 3 of the available projects for your application.
Applications must include:
- a covering letter
- your resume
- approval form signed by your PhD supervisor.
Applications for Round 2 closed on 8 April 2016.
Each university will shortlist applicants by assessing their eligibility and suitability. Businesses then consider the shortlist to find a PhD student suitable for their project, based on how well the student's experience, skills and achievements relate to the skills and duties sought for their project. Successful applicants will be notified in writing.
Students can contact the nominated officer(s) at the universities listed below to discuss their suitability for the program, check specific university program requirements or seek advice on how to apply.
Australian Catholic University (Brisbane campus)
Professor Jim Nyland
Associate Vice-Chancellor (Brisbane)
Ms Sarah Savage
Executive Officer (Research)
- 07 5595 1592
Central Queensland University
Ms Loree Joyce
Project Officer, Griffith Graduate Research School
- 07 3735 7255
James Cook University
Graduate Research School
- 07 4781 3411
Queensland University of Technology
Ms Susan Gasson
Manager, Research Students Centre
- 07 3138 5166
The University of Queensland
- 07 3346 0503
University of Southern Queensland
Mr Lester Norris
Research Graduate Studies Student Manager
- 07 4631 5382
University of the Sunshine Coast
Businesses can gain access to research, analytical and problem solving skills for innovative projects. The program is designed to offer businesses:
- new ideas and fresh perspectives to advance innovative projects
- access to university skills and technical expertise
- a preview of talented students for future employment opportunities.
For more details on the conditions and requirements, refer to the:
Business project registrations are currently closed. An announcement about future rounds of the program will be published shortly. PhD students' applications are assessed at regular intervals, with applications received before the cut-off date of each assessment round being considered in that round.
About the PhD Industry Experience Program
The program is designed to:
- demonstrate students' transferable skills to potential employers
- stimulate innovation in Queensland businesses by bringing new thinking and skills to projects
- establish and strengthen relationships between universities and businesses
- continue the flow of skilled staff into Queensland businesses
- provide PhD students with practical experience to increase their employment opportunities outside a research or university setting.