Pride Inclusion Programs are social inclusion initiatives of ACON, Australia’s LGBTQ health organisation, and include Pride in Diversity, Pride in Sport, Pride in Health + Wellbeing, and Pride Training. 

An important part of their mission is to help make the places where our community members live, work, study and play more inclusive of LGBTQ people, as well as improving the mental health and wellbeing of our community through the reduction of stigma, discrimination and social exclusion.

Pride Inclusion Programs, in partnership with UQ’s Graduate School, is offering ongoing opportunities for HDR candidates to develop their research and transferable skills through a HDR placement. HDR candidates from all UQ schools and faculties and from all disciplinary backgrounds are welcome to apply.

They are particularly interested in working with candidates who possess—or want to develop—their skills in one or more of the following areas:

  • The capacity to synthesise existing academic knowledge in the space of gender and sexuality; diversity and inclusion practice; workplace relations; LGBTQ issues; or related matters.
  • The ability to manipulate, clean and prepare for analysis quantitative data using statistical software (Excel, Stata, R, SPSS, etc.).
  • Skills in undertaking or supporting qualitative research projects (e.g., projects involving stakeholder interviews and focus groups), and/or analysing qualitative data.
  • The ability to develop research briefs for, and communicate research findings to, non-academic stakeholders—including writing and data visualization skills.
  • The capacity to contribute to the preparation, refinement and updating of LGBTQ+ Awareness and Inclusion training materials.

Identifying a Project

Pride Inclusion Programs welcome specific project proposals from candidates, but are also interested in co-developing project ideas with prospective candidates.

Candidates can also choose to participate in one of their ongoing programs of work, which cover areas such as:

  • Identifying the effects of diversity and inclusion policies on Australian employees.
  • Understanding and responding to workplace sexual harassment of LGBTQ employees.
  • Developing a longitudinal dataset to monitor progress in diversity and inclusion practices across Australian workplaces.
  • Understanding employers’ incentives and challenges to document and benchmark their workplace inclusion initiatives.
  • Identifying the effects of diversity and inclusion policies on participants in Australian sporting environments.
  • Identifying the barriers faced by LGBTQ clients of health and wellbeing service providers, and the impact of organisational inclusion initiatives.
  • Understanding the workplace experiences of employees with multiple, intersecting identities (e.g., LGBTQ & Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, LGBTQ & being or being perceived as a woman, LGBTQ & coming from a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse background, LGBTQ & coming from a faith background), and how this may require additional consideration for employers’ workplace inclusion initiatives.

Placement details

Start dateFlexible (depending on the project).

Total days60 working days (full-time or part-time, with flexible hours).

LocationOnline or at Pride Inclusion Programs’ Sydney’s office.

If you are interested in this placement opportunity, please contact Nicki Elkin, Associate Director, Quality, Training & Research, ACON’s Pride Inclusion Programs, on their email address with a resume and cover letter outlining your interest in applying.

This placement is unpaid, but you might be eligible to apply for one of the Graduate School Scholarships.

After co - developing the project proposal and completing the project brief with ACON, you will need to formally submit the HDR placement application through my.UQ. Please visit the placements website for guidance, specifically from "Organise your Placement" section: and contact Graduate school through their email if you need assistance submitting your application.