National Industry PhD Program

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The National Industry PhD Program is an Australian Government initiative to enhance workforce mobility among higher degree by research students, and to promote knowledge transfer between academia and industries across all areas. Through this initiative, the Australian Government will provide funding towards an additional 1,300 industry-engaged PhD places over the next 10 years.

The program connects PhD students with industry partners, to undertake a research project that addresses a sector-specific problem. Successful candidates to this program will divide their time between academic and industry settings during candidature and will undertake a specialised training program exploring research translation and cross-sector mobility.

The National Industry PhD Program is divided into two streams:

Industry Linked PhD stream: PhD candidates are recruited to research programs specially designed through university-industry collaboration. Students are based at a host university but will spend between 20-50% of their time embedded with an industry partner.

Industry-linked PhDs will receive a minimum scholarship package of $46k per annum for four years (including a tuition fee waiver).

Industry Researcher PhD: Experienced industry researchers will complete a PhD in partnership with the host university. The candidates will remain embedded with their organisations, but will spend between 20-50% of their time on-campus, collaborating with University-based researchers. Tuition fees are waived.

Industry Researcher PhDs will continue to collect their full salary and benefits from their employer, which will receive a $41k p.a. subsidy from the Australian Government.

The Adelaide Graduate Research School is ready to support our academic staff and industry partners to develop suitable projects for the initiative. For more information about the program, or to discuss prospective projects please contact HDR Industry Enquiries.