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 with the help of funding from the Candidate Development Award (CDA). A Career Development Scholarship Extension is also 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.

Participation in the 3MT competition
Competitors learn to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
Placements for research candidates
Gain experience in current practice and develop networks while demonstrating and strengthening your transferable, professional and research skills.
Research candidate mobility
The University of Queensland provides opportunities for research students to participate in international research collaborations.
Wonder of Science: Young Science Ambassadors
Ambassadors work with students on their challenge tasks and support them with the development of their science projects.
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Participants will develop the knowledge and skills to advance their future teaching careers, and receive a GTA certificate.
UQ Idea Hub
UQ Idea Hub is a practical, hands-on program that provides aspiring student entrepreneurs with the skills and knowledge needed to conceive a startup.

Support for students undertaking experiences

In some instances, financial support may be available to enable students to participate fully in Graduate School experiences.