Industry Research Fellowships

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

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Applications are now open. 

Applications close at 1:00pm (AEST) on Monday 19 July 2021. 

Successful fellowship projects must commence by 2 May 2022.

The Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowships program supports researchers partnering with industry to complete original research that will have a positive impact on Queensland. 

The program is focused on establishing and/or maintaining meaningful collaboration between researchers and industry.

The following fellowship grants are available:

  • early-career fellowships – $160,000 over two years, or $240,000 over three years (excluding GST)
  • mid-career fellowships – $240,000 over two years, or $360,000 over three years (excluding GST).  

Applications close at 1:00 pm (AEST) on Monday 19 July 2021. Successful fellowship projects must commence by 2 May 2022.


The applicant organisation must be a Queensland-based agency that conducts research as part of its core activities, including some universities, government agencies, not-for-profit organisations, and companies. The applicant organisation nominates the proposed Fellow.

The proposed Fellow must:

  • be an Australian citizen or have Australian residency for the duration of the proposed fellowship when submitting the application
  • 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 one of the investment areas outlined in the program guidelines
  • have one or more Queensland-based industry/end-user partners
  • have cash co-funding from the applicant and/or partner organisations that equals or exceeds the funding sought from the Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowships program.

Key Documents

How to apply

Each application for an Industry Research Fellowship must include:

  • A completed online SmartyGrants Industry Research Fellowships application, including an uploaded budget table
  • 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.

Further Information


  • Existing Queensland-based researchers should contact your agency’s Office of Research or Grants Management Team.
  • All other enquiries email

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