Self-Sourced Placements

Most students prefer to self-source a placement.

The host organisation that you propose should be

  • A reputable organisation;
  • A research-end-user defined as an individual, community or organisation external to academia that will directly use or directly benefit from the output, outcome or results of the placement project;
  • able to offer an immersive experience and adequate supervision while you undertake a meaningful research project within that organisation,
  • able to demonstrate they hold appropriate levels of Public Liability insurance (And Professional Indemnity insurance where applicable).

Placements will not be approved for High Risk Destinations (DFAT Level 3 or 4). 

Placements cannot be undertaken at the following organisations:

  • Other higher education providers
  • Organisations that are affiliates, controlled entities or subsidiaries (such as Medical Research Institutes) of a higher education provider
  • Equivalents (international or domestic) of the above exclusions

Ask your advisor if they can introduce you to industry contacts, or attend an information session and learn how to pitch a proposal to an industry contact. Remember to plan ahead and leave enough time to formally approve the placement. 

    Advertised placements (see below)

    • Unless otherwise stated, any advertised Placements are open to International and Domestic students enrolled in a PhD or MPhil program.
    • In some circumstances advertised Placements may be restricted to particular student groups. Any restrictions will be shown on the Placement advertisement.