Global Change Scholars Program

The Global Change Scholars Program is an initiative designed to produce future research leaders. Graduates of the program will possess deep understanding of global trends, the challenges and opportunities they present, and an awareness of how to drive the changes necessary for us to build sustainable futures.

Read "Leaving a place better than you found it", a paper recently published in Solutions Journal, co-authored by program coordinator and 15 Global Change Scholars.

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Four UQ Global Change Scholars collaborated with leading researchers from the Group of Eight Universities (Go8) to produce the Road to Recovery report.

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We are in a time of unprecedented Global Change

The impacts of a growing population, urbanisation and resource exploitation, combined with the impacts of climate change, shifting geopolitical realities and the digital revolution, create enormous challenges and opportunities in the coming decades. Embracing change – and ensuring that communities prosper in a way that is fair, sustainable and peaceful – will require research leaders who understand global trends and who can create positive social, cultural, economic and environmental transformations.

The Global Change Scholars Program will provide a unique cohort experience for up to 30 PhD students from across the University's faculties and institutes. Through intensive, online seminar-style lectures, undertaken alongside students' PhD studies, Global Change Scholars will have the opportunity to explore the broader relevance of their own research in the context of global change.

Learning side-by-side with students from other disciplines, Global Change Scholars will be exposed to the latest thinking on global change from internationally renowned academics as well as captains of industry, and political and societal leaders. Scholars will regularly engage with well-recognised leaders in their fields who are passionate about global change issues. In addition, scholars will profile their research through online networking opportunities and through the media.

Program snapshot
  • Duration: 12 months.
  • Time commitment: 2 - 3 hours a week.
  • Open to UQ PhD students only.
  • Part-time students are able to participate.
Program benefits
  • Gain insight into global change and grand societal challenges.
  • Develop your leadership and communication skills.
  • Network with academic, government and industry leaders through online forums.
  • Develop research skills and profile.
  • Engage in cross-discipline collaboration.
  • Enhance engagement and innovation thinking.


Joining the program

An invitation to apply for the 2022 Global Change Scholars program will be been sent to eligible students in early 2022.