PhD Projects

Our researchers belong to one of four research centres that investigate problems using different approaches. Many of our projects are cross-disciplinary, with advisors from different centres, giving you the benefit of a wider range of expertise.

Our PhD projects are divided into 'Global Challenges PhD Projects', 'Standard PhD Projects' and 'Earmarked PhD Projects'. Where available, please select a Centre to explore all available PhD projects in that category. Subscribe to alerts to be notified of any new PhD projects and for any queries, please contact the HDR Liaison Officer, hdr.imb@enquire.uq.edu.au.

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Global Challenges PhD Projects

The Global Challenges top-up only applies to Global Challenges PhD Projects (listed here). It is a top up to the UQ Graduate School Scholarship plus $5,000 support for a placement on top of the $2,000 Student Development fund (over the period of the candidature) to outstanding domestic and eligible international onshore applicants. The theme for Global Challenges PhD projects commencing in RQ1, 2025 is 'Drugs inspired by nature'.


Standard PhD Projects


All standard PhD projects qualify for a UQ Graduate School Scholarship. When you have chosen a project (or wish to devise a new project), please contact the Principal Advisor via email ensuring the project title (or proposed project title) is in the subject line and your latest CV is attached. Once you have confirmation that they will endorse you for your project, you may officially apply via the UQ Application Portal making sure you select 'UQ Graduate School Scholarship' when you do so.


Earmarked PhD Projects


Earmarked PhD Projects are projects that are aligned to recently awarded research grants. They are accompanied by a UQ Earmarked Scholarship which is funded by the Australian Government and offered to support candidates with their living costs and tuition fees. Applications are now open to Domestic and International (onshore and offshore) candidates. Please see project description to confirm the project's individual application deadline as it may vary.

When you are ready to apply, please contact the Principal Advisor via email ensuring the project title is in the subject line and your latest CV is attached. Once you have confirmation that they will endorse you for your chosen project, you may officially apply via the UQ Application Portal following the instructions listed on the UQ Earmarked Scholarship site. Sign up to alerts to be notified of any new Earmarked PhD projects as well as other PhD opportunities.  

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