The Graduate School is your gateway into a wide range of career-enhancing experiences. Before undertaking any of these, you will need to consider how these experiences can add the most value to your HDR, and when they would be most beneficial to you. 

Experiences provide you with an opportunity to consolidate and practice your learnings from various lectures, seminars and workshops.  They require you to draw on a combination of skills from the research, professional and transferable areas to achieve defined outcomes. 

Aside from the specific experiences listed below, there are opportunities to engage in self-sourced development experiences. A Career Development Scholarship Extension is available to enable the completion of development activities that build the transferable and professional skills of PhD candidates. An experience can help you to refine your skills and ultimately enhance your research studies and your career options.

Placements for research candidates
Gain experience in current practice and develop networks while demonstrating and strengthening your transferable, professional and research skills.
Entrepreneurship with Idea Hub & ilab
UQ supports students to implement ideas at every stage of the entrepreneurial journey. Idea Hub provides an introduction and ilab will take your ideas further.
Research candidate mobility
The University of Queensland provides opportunities for research students to participate in international research collaborations.
Graduate Teaching Associate program
Develop your knowledge and skills to advance your future teaching careers, and receive a GTA certificate. This program runs for six months, March - Sept.
HDR connections (UQ Mates)
Connect with other Higher Degree by Research candidates to share your experiences with like-minded peers through UQ Mates.
Participation in the 3MT competition
As a competitor, you'll learn to effectively explain your research in three minutes, in non-specialist language with only one PowerPoint slide.
HDR Career Development Mentoring Program
Opportunity for HDR candidates to engage with respected professionals in a variety of sectors of society and the economy and, both within and outside of academia.
Compulsory HDR Orientation
Orientation runs every quarter. It showcases avenues of support within UQ and features a panel discussion with alumni who share tips for navigating the HDR journey.
Wonder of Science: Young Science Ambassadors
Young Science Ambassadors work with students on their challenge tasks and support them with the development of their science projects.