National Industry PhD Program

Learn more about the purpose and benefits of the Australian Government's National Industry PhD Program, how it works, and how to  find more information.

The Australian Government has introduced the National Industry PhD Program to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between academia and industry.

Logos of the new Industry PhD program

This program offers a unique opportunity for PhD candidates to undertake industry-focused research projects and be equipped with the knowledge and skills to better translate university research into commercialisation outcomes. Upon completion, candidates will have the ability to work at the interface of research and industry, and across the sectors in future.


The program consists of two streams:

1. Industry Linked PhD

This stream is for PhD candidates seeking to undertake a research project collaboratively designed by the University and an industry partner.

In addition to a standard stipend and fee remission, candidates receive a stipend top-up of $16k per annum, jointly funded by the industry partner and the Government. This additional financial support enables candidates to focus wholeheartedly on their research endeavours.

2. Industry Researcher PhD

Geared towards industry professionals, this stream allows individuals to pursue a PhD in collaboration with the University while retaining their full salary and employment benefits.

Industry partner organisations receive a $41k per annum subsidy from the Government. This subsidy enables professionals to contribute to groundbreaking research while seamlessly integrating their industry expertise into their doctoral studies.

To learn more about this program and how your organisation can partner with the University on a research project, please contact us today.

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First published on 23 June 2023.

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