Global Change Scholars Program

The Global Change Scholars Program is a unique PhD experience designed to cultivate future research leaders. Each year the program selects up to 30 PhD students from across UQ’s faculties and institutes and invites them to develop their expertise in transdisciplinary research for real-world impact.

Through a series of seminars, workshops and industry collaboration, scholars develop skills in creative problem solving, communication, and research co-design. The program enhances UQ’s PhD program by preparing emerging scholars to respond creatively to broader social needs.

Applications open annually in May.

Program snapshot
  • Duration: 12 months (August 2022 - July 2023)
  • Time commitment:
    • Approximately 7 x 2-4 hour workshops per research quarter.
    • 60-day Industry Challenge between October 2022 and June 2023.
  • Open to UQ PhD students only.
  • Part-time students are able to participate.
Program benefits
  • Understand how research can respond to global challenges.
  • Develop creative, transdisciplinary and co-design research skills.
  • Collaborate on a real-world project with an industry partner.
  • Access to professional development workshops and seminars.
  • Enhance research leadership and communication skills.


Joining the program

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