Current UQ Scholarships provide a 3-year stipend with an additional 6-month stipend, subject to satisfactory progress towards completion. This period has been considered sufficient to include any additional coursework that is required to prepare students to undertake their research studies. The recent ACOLA review  of research training in Australia has emphasised the importance of producing graduate researchers with broader skills and abilities to equip them for a variety of careers.  In line with this vision for PhD education an optional further 6-month stipend will now be offered to enable the completion of development activities that build the transferable and professional skills of PhD candidates. It is expected that a candidate undertaking this Career Development Scholarship Extension should complete a PhD within 4 years.    

The UQ Career Development Framework (CDF) provides development opportunities for students and extended experience opportunities (including placements) that are consistent with the Commonwealth’s industry engagement agenda. It follows that the Career Development Scholarship Extension for PhD candidates should be dependent on the fulfillment of broader career development activities. The ACOLA review also noted the value of industry placements and suggested that every HDR candidate who wishes to undertake a placement should be encouraged to do so. Undertaking a placement will be an essential component of the UQ Career Development Extension.

*Applies to UQ scholarships only (see

Eligibility and How to apply

Applications for the UQ Career Development Extension will be accepted from 1 September 2017.

To apply, you will need to:

  • complete the application form describing your completed and proposed career development activities during the remainder of your program,
  • complete a plan, setting out your proposed schedule of activities over the extension period,
  • undertake (or have already undertaken) a Graduate School administered placement or an activity deemed to be equivalent, and
  • agree to undertake an oral examination of the thesis (viva voce) during the extension period.

Guide to activities required for Career Development Scholarship Extension eligibility

This extension helps you to prioritise your career development, while managing progress towards completion of your PhD. To obtain this extension you must agree to undertake an Oral Examination and submit your thesis by 3.75 years (EFTSL), as well as meet eligibility criteria.  To be eligible you will need to accrue 30 points of Career Development Framework (CDF) experiences and sessions, which must include an industry placement and at least 5 points of CDF sessions. 

Below you will find further details on what constitutes a placement, experience or session. While a number of activities are listed below you also have the opportunity to request consideration of career development activities undertaken outside of the UQ CDF program.

15 point Placement (all extension applications must have at least one 15 point activity)
  • Graduate School administered placement (domestic or international)
  • iLab Germinate
  • AMSI Internship

To be deemed a placement an activity must:

  • have run for at least 30 days.
  • be with an Industry, NGO or government organisation or other organisation where the placement will enable the development of broader skills.
  • be independent of your research project and develop the transferable and professional skills of the candidate.
5 point experiences
  • Wonder of Science
  • UQ Idea Hub program
  • UQ Idea Hub mobility program
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant program
  • International research experience of at least 2 weeks (distinct from candidate's thesis research)
  • Three Minute Thesis (faculty final or further)
  • Other (to be assessed for deeming)

An experience requires

  • you to draw upon the research, professional and transferable skills you have gained,
  • your active involvement to achieve defined outcomes, and
  • a significant time commitment (over 12 hours).
1 point CDF Sessions* 
Academic writing (8 week course) Presenting at a conference
Advanced presentation skills (old title) Presentation skills workshop – advanced
Becoming an entrepreneur Publishing ethically
Build your personal brand Publishing your research: Getting started
Capitalising on your PhD brand (old title) Publishing your research: Strategies for success
Career control for researchers (online) Predatory publishing
Career strategy Resumes and selection criteria
Career shaping Strategic networking: How to connect for impact
Communicating across cultures (old title) Teaching and learning clinic (old title)
Communicating in a global environment Teaching in higher education
Communicating your research in the media The teaching academic: An introduction
Communicating for impact outside academia Three Minute Thesis (School or Institute heat)
Effective time management Turbocharge your writing
How to get published (old title) The imposter syndrome
How to navigate an academic career Tutors @ UQ
Intellectual property UniQuest commercialisation workshop
Idea Hub Understanding yourself and others
Leaders and leadership Working in multidisciplinary teams
Mastering the art of paying attention Writing outside the academy (old title)
Multidisciplinary teams (old title) Working together: Researchers and policy makers
Graduate School networking event (various titles) Other (to be assessed for deeming)
Presentation skills workshop - introductory  

* Notes 

  • Students cannot deem activities that are comparable more than once.
  • Students may have up to 5 points deemed for comparable CDF activities, or research methods/techniques/analytics/statistics courses. This does not replace the requirement of 5 points of CDF courses as part of the points total.
  • Career Development Framework Sessions or equivalent are only eligible for consideration when focused on transferable or professional skills. Course work that enhances knowledge of a discipline will not be considered for deeming.