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If you are considering undertaking a placement during your candidature it is important to start planning early. You can ask the Graduate School Placement Coordinator for advice, speak with your advisors, or apply for any available placements. 

It is important to be proactive and plan ahead. Read through the guidelines below so that you understand the obligations of a placement, then attend a placements infomation session. 

To be deemed compliant for a Graduate School approved Placement, an activity must:

  • run for at least 30 working days;
  • be with an Industry, NGO or Government organisation; and
  • be independent of your thesis and develop your transferable and professional skills.

Information sessions

Attending an information session will give you an overview of the Graduate School Placement program, projects, possible funding options, and the approach required to source or apply for a placement. There will be opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session.


  • You must demonstrate your suitability for a placement. Participation in an approved placement is not guaranteed, and offers may be subject to
    • school approval
    • advisor endorsement
    • progress and conduct
    • quality of application
    • suitability for the role
    • appropriate project scope
    • a successful interview with the host organisation
    • participation in CDF Career planning sessions.
  • You must be a higher degree by research student currently enrolled at The University of Queensland for the duration of the placement. 
  • You need to have attained your confirmation milestone.
  • You must be able to demonstrate that participation in the placement will not adversely affect your progression.
  • To apply, you must have endorsement from your principal advisor, do this through myuq dashboard.
  • The placement program is open to approved HDR students from any discipline and non-cognate placements are encouraged, in order to allow you to demonstrate the transferable skills gained through your research degree. In some circumstances advertised placements may be restricted to particular student groups. Any restrictions will be shown on the placement advertisement.
  • Unless otherwise stated, placements are open to International and Domestic students enrolled in an PhD or MPhil program.
  • If you are unsure about your eligibility please contact the Graduate School.


  • A Placement can not be not approved until a specific legal document (Placement Agreement) has been fully executed between the Graduate School and the Host Organiation. This process may take several weeks.
  • Placements are at least 30 working days in length.
  • Placements are often undertaken on a part-time basis, depending on the needs of the organisation and your research project obligations.
  • Unpaid placements are not an employment contract, and are not paid positions.
  • Approved unpaid placements include UQ insurance (subject to conditions).
  • Approved placement participation will be assessed against the Graduate Attributes and will be included on your academic transcript as a learning activity within the Career Development Framework.
  • You will be required to provide a reflective report on completion of your placement. 
  • You are responsible for ensuring that you have obtained the required Visa if neccessary.