Current UQ Graduate School administered scholarships provide a 3-year stipend (living allowance) with an additional 6-month extension to that stipend, subject to satisfactory progress towards thesis 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 emphasised the importance of producing graduate researchers equipped with broad skills and abilities for a variety of careers and recognised the value of industry placements. The report recommended that every HDR candidate who wishes to undertake a placement should be encouraged to do so.

The UQ Career Development Framework (CDF) provides development opportunities for students and extended experience opportunities (including industry placements) consistent with the Commonwealth’s industry engagement agenda. To facilitate PhD candidate career development and engagement with the CDF, UQ is offering the Career Development Scholarship Extension (CDSE) – an optional, additional stipend extension of up to 6-months, to enable the completion of activities that build the transferable and professional skills of PhD candidates.

It follows that this stipend (living allowance) extension should be dependent on the fulfilment of broader career development activities and that undertaking a UQ Graduate School administered placement be an essential component of the activities undertaken.

The CDSE, therefore, supports PhD candidates who have engaged in the UQ Graduate School Career Development Framework in a significant and sustained manner throughout candidature. It is expected that a candidate undertaking this Career Development Scholarship Extension will complete all requirements of the PhD within 4 years, including undertaking an oral examination of their thesis.    

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Information sessions

The UQ Graduate School provides information sessions about the Career Development Scholarship (Stipend) Extension and includes the opportunity to ask questions at the end of each session. Please register for the CDSE sessions below using your student credentials.

Guide to activities required for Career Development Scholarship Extension (CDSE) eligibility

This stipend extension (CDSE) helps you to prioritise your career development, while managing progress towards completion of your PhD. To obtain this extension you must meet eligibility criteria related to your candidature, your scholarship, and demonstrate continued and sustained engagement in career development activities throughout your candidature. To meet this last criteria, you will need to accrue 30 points of Career Development Framework (CDF) experiences and sessions, which must include a 15-point Placement Activity and at least 5 points of CDF sessions (from the list of 1-point eligible CDF Sessions below).

Below you will find further details on what constitutes a Placement, Experience, and Session. While a number of activities are listed here, you also have the opportunity to request consideration of 5-point Experiences and 1-point Deemed Activities undertaken outside of the UQ CDF program that have focussed on your career development.

~ Denotes activities that may not be recorded by the Graduate School, and as such, evidence of their completion must be attached to your application. If deeming of equivalent activities is being sought you must include sufficient information in your application about the activity for it to be assessed.

15-point Placement (all CDSE applications must have at least one 15-point placement activity)

  • Graduate School administered placement (domestic or international). The pre-approved placement must:
    • run for at least 30 working 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 your transferable and professional skills, and
    • be pre-approved by the Graduate School prior to the placement activity commencing.
  • Australian Postgraduate Research (APR) Interns (previously called AMSI Internship)~
  • CSIRO On Accelerate program~
  • iLab Germinate~
  • Sport Accelerate Program~
  • ARC Training Centre 12 month placements~

5-point Experiences

  • CSIRO On Prime program~
  • Global Change Scholars Program~
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant program~
  • Graduate Digital Research Fellowship~
  • Industry experiences that are of shorter duration than 30 working days~
  • International research experience of at least 2 weeks (distinct from candidate's thesis research)~
  • Three Minute Thesis (Faculty final or further)~
  • UQ Idea Hub mobility program~
  • UQ Idea Hub program~
  • Wonder of Science program~
  • Other experience~ (to be assessed for deeming) that 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 eligible CDF Sessions (at least 5 of the 30 points must come from Sessions on this list)

Academic publishing: Play by the rules | Publishing ethically

Networking in the digital space

Academic writing (8 week course)~

Planning and presenting pervasive research | Presentation skills workshop – introductory | Introduction on presentation skills | Presenting research: An introduction

Applying for academic positions

Practical publishing part 1 and 2

Becoming a resilient researcher

Publishing your research: Getting started | How to get published

Build your personal brand (previously called ‘Capitalising on your PhD brand’)

Publishing your research: Strategies for success

Career control for researchers (online)

Publons Academy ~

Career shaping: Resumes and selection criteria | Resilient researcher: Planning for the future

Research, policy and practice (various titles)

Career shaping: Understand your skills and identifying opportunities | Resilient researcher: Current career management | Career shaping: Identifying opportunities for skills development | Career shaping: Understanding your skills

Resilient researcher: Managing the gap (no longer offered)

Career strategy | Career strategy: Plan for your future

Resilient researcher: Understanding yourself and others | Understanding yourself and others

Communicating for impact outside academia

Smart, savvy and scholarly: Knowing where to publish | Predatory publishers

Communicating in a global environment | Communicating across cultures

Strategic networking: How to connect for impact

Communicating your research in the media

The imposter syndrome

CV essentials for HDR students | Preparing your curriculum vitae | Curriculum vitae basics for HDRs

The teaching academic: An introduction |  Teaching in higher education | Teaching and learning clinic

Effective time management (various titles)

Three Minute Thesis (School or Institute heat)~

Graduate School networking event (various titles)

Turbocharge your writing

How to get published : An introduction | How to get published | Publishing your research: Getting started | Publishing your research: Strategies for success

Tutors @ UQ~

How to navigate an academic career

UniQuest commercialisation workshop~

Impactful presentations: Delivering with confidence | Advanced presentation skills | Presentation workshops: Advanced

Using strengths to effectively work in teams

Intellectual property (no longer offered)

Win that grant: 6 rules for crafting a compelling proposal | 5 rules of grant club | Get a post doc and apply for grants

Leaders and leadership: The challenge of ‘doing’ leadership | leaders and leadership

Working in multidisciplinary teams | Multidisciplinary teams

Lighting the spark: Entrepreneurial pathways to leverage your research | Becoming an entrepreneur | Taking the entrepreneurial pathway | The entrepreneurial pathway to success

Working in teams: A practical guide (EdEx online module)~

Making and measuring research impact: An introduction

Working in the 3rd space: Non-academic university careers

Mastering the art of paying attention

Writing for Nature (no longer offered)

Matching your potential with employment possibilities

Writing outside the academy (no longer offered)

Mine, yours, ours: Meeting everyone’s needs through assertive communications


You can access the list of events you have attended through StudentHub. Please follow these instructions.

The Graduate School has been using StudentHub to track event attendance since June 2017. If you believe you attended CDF events prior to this date, please email us at, and we will access the information from our archives.

1-point Deemed Activities~

  • Applicants may include up to 5 points deemed for activities considered comparable to the 1-point eligible CDF Sessions.
  • This does not replace the requirement for 5 points (out of the required 30) within the application to be comprised from the list of 1-point eligible CDF Sessions above.
  • Example activities that can be sought for deeming include:
    • Advanced research methods/techniques/analytics/statistics courses.
    • Presenting at a conference (oral presentation or poster presentation) – The applicant must be the primary presenter and the conference must be organised by a national or international disciplinary peak body or professional association.
    • Publication of a peer reviewed journal article – The applicant must demonstrate the extent of their contribution to (a) the conception and design of the project; (b) the analysis and interpretation of the research data on which the publication is based; and (c) the drafting of significant parts of the publication or critically reviewing it so as to contribute to the interpretation. The applicant must have made a substantive contribution to at least two of these areas.


  • Career Development Framework Sessions and equivalently Deemed Activities 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.
  • Applicants cannot count or deem 5-point Experiences, 1-point eligible CDF Sessions, or 1-point Deemed Activities that are comparable more than once.

Eligibility and How to apply

The Career Development Scholarship (Stipend) Extension applies to UQ Graduate School administered PhD (living allowance) scholarships only. Please read the UQ and RTP Research Scholarships policy and procedures for important additional information regarding the specific candidature, scholarship, and career engagement requirements for this scholarship variation.

To apply for CDSE, you will need to:

  • meet the candidature, scholarship, and career development eligibility requirements outlined here and in the UQ and RTP Research Scholarships policy and procedures, and
  • complete and submit the application form describing your completed and proposed career development activities during the remainder of your program and provide a plan setting out your proposed schedule of activities over the stipend extension period.
  • Applications must be submitted no later than 2 weeks prior to the expiry of your current scholarship.

Further information

What are the candidature eligibility requirements for the Career Development Scholarship Extension (CDSE)?

There are several candidature-related eligibility requirements that must be met to be eligible for the Career Development Scholarship (Stipend) Extension. These include being actively enrolled in a UQ PhD program, having successfully passed your confirmation and mid-candidature milestones, not having had any milestone completions move outside of policy, you must be on track to submit your thesis as outlined in the policy and procedures relating to this scholarship extension, you cannot already have submitted your thesis, and you must agree to participate in an oral examination of your thesis.

What are the scholarship eligibility requirements for the Career Development Scholarship Extension (CDSE)?

There are several scholarship-related eligibility requirements that must be met to be eligible for the Career Development Scholarship (Stipend) Extension. These include that you are currently receiving a UQ Graduate School administered stipend scholarship, that you are currently receiving the first stipend scholarship extension, and that you will be submitting your CDSE application at least 2 weeks prior to the first stipend extension ending.

What are the career development eligibility requirements for the Career Development Scholarship Extension (CDSE)?

There are several career development-related eligibility requirements that must be met to be eligible for the Career Development Scholarship (Stipend) Extension. These include having demonstrated significant and sustained engagement with the Career Development Framework (CDF) throughout your candidature, including (but not limited to) having completed (or have the agreements signed in preparation for completing) a Graduate School administered industry placement or approved 15-point Placement Activity.

If I’m awarded a Career Development Scholarship Extension (CDSE) what should I do between thesis submission and the oral examination?

This is a decision that should be made after discussion with your advisory team to further your career development. The application process requires you to include a plan of your activities during this time and examples of activities that have been included in applications include undertaking a UQ Graduate School administered placement, preparing for the oral examination, attending a conference, preparing manuscripts for publication, applying for jobs, and participating in additional training activities.

If I’m awarded a Career Development Scholarship Extension (CDSE) will my thesis submission milestone be moved automatically to the maximum date outlined in the policy related to this scholarship extension?

The process of requesting a milestone extension is different to that required to apply for the Career Development Scholarship Extension. Your thesis submission milestone date will not be altered unless you request a milestone extension.

Are there a limited number of Career Development Scholarship Extensions (CDSE) awarded each year?

There are no limits to the number of Career Development Scholarship Extensions that can be awarded each year.

My first stipend scholarship extension has ended but I’m currently receiving a scholarship from my academic enrolling unit/industry partner – am I still eligible to apply for the Career Development Scholarship Extension (CDSE)?


Why don’t all sessions/activities listed in the Career Development Framework (CDF) count for points?

The CDF provides a comprehensive framework of skill development, including sessions and activities designed to assist you in developing your career and successfully negotiating and completing your candidature. Only those CDF activities specifically focussed on your professional and transferrable skill development have been given points for this purpose.

Is the Career Development Scholarship Extension (CDSE) payment for undertaking a placement?


I don’t yet have the full 30 points specified for making an application, do I need to identify activities that I plan to attend in the future?


Do I need to have completed the Graduate School administered industry Placement before I can make my application for the Career Development Scholarship Extension (CDSE)?

Placements can be undertaken and completed immediately post-submission but the formal Placement Agreement between the University and the Host Organisation must be fully executed prior to you making your Career Development Scholarship Extension application.