Partner With Us

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The Adelaide Graduate Research School offers our partners valuable engagement opportunities across research areas within the University of Adelaide.

Working closely with business and industry leaders we recruit and position PhD candidates to collaborate on world-leading research, to solve real world problems. Together with our partners, we provide our researchers of the future with the resources, training, mentoring and experience needed to gain a head-start in their career.

Research collaboration

Collaborating on a higher degree by research (HDR) project enables our partners to capitalise on the University of Adelaide’s world-leading research, and drive innovation.

Industry-engaged HDR projects are developed through consultations between a partner organisation and University supervisors. Together, this team will formulate a research program to address an industry-identified problem, and recruit an exceptional candidate from the University’s global pool of postgraduate applicants to conduct the research and development activities.

By sponsoring a HDR project you will have the opportunity to incorporate an exceptional researcher within your organisation, throughout the duration of candidature. Moreover, under the University’s innovative Research Internship program the Adelaide Graduate Research School will support the candidate to undertake a three-month placement with your organisation to work on a dedicated R&D project.

The AGRS industry engagement team supports our partners throughout this process. To learn more about how our innovative research programs can benefit your organisation please feel free to contact us at

Information for partners

  • Frequently asked questions

    What is an industry-engaged HDR project?

    An industry-engaged HDR project sees a postgraduate researcher at the University of Adelaide collaborate with a partner organisation on research and development throughout the duration of their candidature. The student’s research project, and a potential Research Internship, are developed in collaboration between the partner and University supervisors. Projects will address an industry problem while complying with the University’s usual requirements for a PhD program. The combination of sector-relevant research and placement training provides an invaluable opportunity for students to engage with real world problems.

    What are my obligations as a partner organisation?

    For a partner organisation, there is expectation of a financial contribution towards a Scholarship stipend and research costs. We also request that you make available a suitable industry supervisor who can oversee research activities during candidate and any internship placement.

    The University also encourages our partners to offer the student guidance regarding training opportunities, career development, and advice on navigating the sector overall.

    A student agreement, which outlines the schedule, scope of research activities, and University and external supervisors, must be agreed by all parties prior to the scholarship’s advertisement.

    For a prospective funding breakdown please contact:

    How long are research internships?

    Research Internships run for a minimum duration of three months or 60 FTE days, with the potential for longer placements. A Letter of Intent which outlines internship activities will be agreed by all parties within the first eighteenth months of candidature.

    Eligible interns will be supported by the Adelaide Graduate Research School with a three-month Research Internship scholarship at the standard RTPS rate (pro rata). The University requires partner organisations to cover all research costs for the duration of a placement.

    What is the University of Adelaide’s policy regarding Intellectual Property (IP)?

    Prior to the placement, an agreement regarding intellectual property (IP) covering both the research and placement components of the degree must be agreed to and verified by all parties. Typically, students will assign any project and placement IP to the industry partner, while any background research IP will be retained by the student/University.

  • Contact details

    HDR Industry Enquiries

    Level 10, Schulz Building

    The University of Adelaide

    SA 5005




    T: +61 8 8313 0260


Our programs

Logos for the Australian Government and the National Industry PhD Program

The Australian Government’s National Industry PhD Program will provide funding towards an additional 1,300 industry-engaged PhD places over the next decade. These projects are co-designed by university and industry researchers, with successful candidates sharing time between the sectors.

The University of Adelaide welcomes expressions of interest from partner organisations with prospective projects for this initiative. Please contact HDR Industry Enquiries for a confidential discussion or visit our Program page for more information.

CSC Logo which reads Defence Trailblazer Concept to Sovereign Capability

The University of Adelaide-led Defence Trailblazer for Concept to Sovereign Capability program is a pioneering research translation project, aimed at strengthening collaboration between academia, industry and defence. The program – a partnership between the University, UNSW Sydney, and over 50 industry partners nationally – will co-ordinate cross-sector research and training, to boost Australia’s defence innovation capacity, and produce an estimated economic benefit of $1.5 billion over ten years. A key pillar of the Defence Trailblazer initiative is the Industry Research Program (IRP), which will create PhD scholarships to support defence-driven research projects.

For more information about the Defence Trailblazer IRP please visit our Program Page.

About the University of Adelaide

Founded in 1874, the University of Adelaide is Australia's third oldest university, and a member of the research-intensive Group of Eight. It is South Australia's leading university across global rankings, and consistently ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide.

The University of Adelaide's research is globally recognised, with 100% of our ranked outputs being rated as 'world-class or above' according to the latest assessment of the Excellence in Research Australia framework.

The Adelaide Graduate Research School co-ordinates 2,369 postgraduate researchers, across all areas. For more information about the University's areas of research strength please visit our Faculty research pages: