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 Extension Scholarship 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
  • iLab or similar entrepreneurship activity
  • AMSI Internship
  • International research experience (distinct from candidate’s thesis research, pre-approved by the Graduate Schoo, and assessable)

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 Activities
  • Wonder of Science
  • UQ Idea Hub 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) Presentation skills workshop – advanced
Advanced presentation skills (old title) Publishing ethically
Becoming an entrepreneur Publishing your research: Getting started
Build your personal brand Publishing your research: Strategies for success
Capitalising on your PhD brand (old title) Predatory publishing
Career control for researchers (online) Resumes and selection criteria
Career strategy Strategic networking: How to connect for impact
Career shaping Teaching and learning clinic (old title)
Communicating across cultures (old title) Teaching in higher education
Communicating in a global environment The teaching academic: An introduction
Communicating your research in the media Three Minute Thesis (School or Institute heat)
Communicating for impact outside academia Turbocharge your writing
Effective time management The imposter syndrome
How to get published (old title) Tutors @ UQ
How to navigate an academic career UniQuest commercialisation workshop
Intellectual property Understanding yourself and others
Idea Hub Working in multidisciplinary teams
Leaders and leadership Writing outside the academy (old title)
Mastering the art of paying attention Working together: Researchers and policy makers
Multidisciplinary teams (old title) Other (to be assessed for deeming)
Graduate School networking event (various titles) Research methods / techniques / analytics / statistics courses – up to 5 points total
Presentation skills workshop - introductory  

* Notes 

  • Career Development Framework Sessions or equivalent are only eligible for consideration when focused on transferrable or professional skills. Course work that enhances knowledge of a discipline will not be considered for deeming.
  • Candidates well progressed in their candidature may not have the ability to plan and complete all sessions required. Applicants who apply during 2017 and 2018 may be afforded some flexibility but the placement must be completed. Please contact the Graduate School for further information about your individual circumstance.