National Industry PhD Program

The Australian Government is investing $296 million to build a bedrock of research talent, skilled in university-industry collaboration, across the sector under the Increase Workforce Mobility initiative. This includes funding to establish the National Industry PhD Program that will add over 1,800 Industry PhDs over 10 years.

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About the Program

The National Industry PhD Program will support PhD candidates to undertake industry-focused research projects and be equipped with the knowledge and skills to better translate university research into commercialisation outcomes, with the strong potential to work at the interface of research and industry, and across the sectors in future.

The National Industry PhD Program consists of two streams:

  • University-led Industry PhDs: Outstanding PhD candidates undertake research projects co-designed by university and industry
  • Industry-driven Researcher PhDs: Highly capable industry professionals who are supported by their employers to undertake PhD projects in partnership with a university.

Key features of the program:

  • Develop talented PhD candidates into researchers who can work in both industry and academic settings
  • Support high calibre industry professionals into industry researchers and leaders, with the potential to work in academic settings
  • Contribute to industry-focused innovation and development through university-industry collaboration
  • Strengthen collaboration between Australian companies and universities
  • Support industry-focused PhD research projects aligned with the National Manufacturing Priorities

The goal of the program is to provide a strong pipeline of next generation researchers who have a deep understanding of industry engagement and can work effectively with industry and deliver practical real-world solutions.

Next Step

An advisory panel will be appointed to provide input and advice on the draft design of the program. The program will commence from 1 July 2022. Further details, including program guidelines and process will be made available at a later date. See the frequently asked questions for further information.

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