Industry Research Fellowships

Supporting PhD qualified researchers in undertaking original research that will benefit Queensland, while partnering with industry.

What's important

  • The following Industry Research Fellowships funding is available in 2020:
    • Early-career Fellowships—$180,000 over three years.
    • Mid-career Fellowships—$300,000 over three years.
  • Proposals must include co-funding that equals or exceeds the Advance Queensland funding sought.
  • The key dates are:
    • program opens - 10 February 2020 
    • program closes - 21 April 2020.


Applicants need to be a Queensland-based university, government agency or not-for-profit organisation that conducts research.

Companies and businesses are not eligible to apply for funding directly but are encouraged to partner with an eligible applicant organisation, as partnering of researchers with industry is an essential prerequisite of the program. The applicant organisation nominates the proposed Fellow.

The proposed Fellow must:

  • be an Australian citizen or have Australian residency for the duration of the fellowship
  • be employed by the applicant organisation in a minimum 50% FTE capacity
  • spend a minimum 50% FTE on the fellowship
  • work and reside in Queensland for the duration of the fellowship
  • have a PhD research qualification with:
    • up to 5 years post-PhD research experience for early-career fellowships
    • 5 to 10 years post-PhD research experience for mid-career fellowships. Allowances will be made for time taken away from research e.g. for parenting, caring, illness, or time in non-research roles.
  • have a research proposal that:
    • addresses a target investment area as outlined in the program guidelines
    • has one or more partners, including at least one Queensland-based industry/end-user organisation
    • includes some physical co-location with at least one Queensland-based industry/end-user partner organisation
    • has matched cash funding from the applicant and/or partner organisations.

Key Documents

How to apply

Each application for an Industry Research Fellowship must include:

  • a completed online SmartyGrants Industry Research Fellowships application form
  • PDF scanned evidence of the nominated Fellow’s PhD, or evidence of PhD submission
  • PDF scanned signed letters of support for the proposed fellowship from the applicant organisation and all partner organisations
  • a PDF scanned signed agreement declaration page (PDF, 148KB)

Further Information

About the Industry Research Fellowships

The Industry Research Fellowships support original research that will have positive impacts for Queensland. The program assists in attracting and keeping the best and brightest research minds in Queensland, and builds Queensland's capacity to conduct innovative research and development in partnership with industry.

Last updated 10 Feb, 2020
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