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PhD Industry Experience

Supporting knowledge transfer between businesses and PhD students through unpaid industry placements of up to 30 business days.

What's important

  • 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.

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For students

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:

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.

Participating universities

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)

  • Bond University

    Ms Sarah Savage
    Executive Officer (Research)

    07 5595 1592
  • Central Queensland University

    Ms Leslie Walker
    Manager, Research Services

    07 4923 2463

    Dr Susan Kinnear
    Dean of Graduate Studies

    07 4930 9336
  • Griffith 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

    Placements Officer

    07 3346 0503
  • University of Southern Queensland

    Mr Lester Norris
    Research Graduate Studies Student Manager

    07 4631 5382
  • University of the Sunshine Coast

    Ms Lyndal Viney
    Higher Degrees by Research Coordinator

    07 5459 4526

    Graduate Research Student Management

    07 5459 4684

For businesses

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.
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Last updated
21 February, 2017

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