Discuss participation with your principal advisor

When applying to participate, formal endorsement from your principal advisor is required; do this through my.UQ dashboard.

Make sure your advisor understands that the purpose of an HDR placement is to develop transferable skills, and therefore may not be directly related to your thesis topic. You should discuss how you will comfortably manage the workload of a placement alongside your candidature. Your principal advisor may be able to make some introductions to organisations on your behalf.

Consider these important factors

  • Placement commencement cannot be not approved until a specific legal document (UQ Placement Agreement) has been fully executed between the Graduate School and the Host Organisation. We recommend allowing two months for the approvals process.
  • A Placement is not an employment contract, and you cannot be paid to undertake a placement.
  • You will be required to submit a reflective report on completion of your placement. 
  • Participation will be assessed against the HDR Graduate Attributes and the final outcome will be included on your academic transcript.
  • You must demonstrate your suitability for a placement. Participation is not guaranteed, and offers may be subject to
    • school approval
    • advisor endorsement
    • your progress and conduct
    • the quality of your application
    • your suitability for the role
    • appropriate project scope
    • a successful interview with the host organisation
    • participation in CDF Career planning sessions.
  • The HDR placement program is open to approved HDR candidates from any discipline. Non-cognate placements are encouraged so that you can demonstrate the transferable skills you have gained through your research degree.
  • 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.