The Industry Experience Award offers up to AUD$3000 to HDR students for successful completion of an eligible Industry Experience Placement opportunity. 

This award supports enrolled HDR students to

  • build transferable skills by engaging in a meaningful placement within an organisation,
  • enhance the quality of their candidature, thesis and/or associated research output,
  • develop additional skills for a career post-candidature,
  • and contribute stronger linkages between UQ research students and industry.

Please note that the number of well qualified applicants may outnumber the opportunities available.


  • Be an enrolled and confirmed HDR candidate at the time of application
  • Have no overdue milestones or unpaid student fees at the time of application
  • This is a competitive award and applicants will be selected as part of a merit based process
  • Advisor approval is required before submitting the application.
  • Be undertaking a placement approved for an Industry Experience Award.

Terms and Conditions

  • Only eligible applicants will be considered.
  • Applicants must seek approval for the proposed activity from their Principal Advisor before submitting an application.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered; applicants are responsible for providing the required documentation and the Graduate School will not follow up with individual applicants about incomplete applications, including missing or incorrect endorsements.
  • Placement must be completed prior to conferral or higher degree by research.
  • Successful applicants must submit a completion report at conclusion of the Placement and will be assessed according to demonstration of required HDR Graduate Attributes.
  • The Award will be made on successful completion of the Industry Experience Placement opportunity
  • Applicants may be eligible to request a milestone extension based on the time committed to this Career Development Activity.

How to apply

Applicants must apply for an eligible Industry Experience Placement opportunity.