Global Change Scholars Program Overview

Each year up to 30 PhD students from across UQ’s faculties and institutes are invited to develop their expertise in transdisciplinary research for real-world impact though the Global Change Scholars Program. Throughout the 12-month program scholars participate in a series of seminars and workshops designed to enhance their skills in creative problem solving, communication, and research co-design.

A key feature of the program is a 60-day Industry Challenge, during which scholars work in a transdisciplinary team with an industry partner to address a real-world issue. The program benefits from strong connections with UQ’s Global Change Institute and draws on experts from across the University as well as external research professionals and industry partners.

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The Global Change Scholars Program runs concurrently with your PhD and is delivered in-person at UQ's St Lucia campus. Scholars are required to participate in 80% of activities to successfully complete the program.

Duration: 12 months (August 2022 to July 2023).

Commitment: 60 days, including 10 to 16 hours of workshops per research quarter and work on the Industry Challenge.

  • RQ3: Research Impact: seminar series on research translation and working with industry.
  • RQ4: Creating Change: workshops on design, innovation, and creativity.
  • RQ1: Industry Challenge: co-designing research with an industry partner.
  • RQ2: Industry Challenge: deliver and report on proposals for change.   

Key dates for the 2022 Global Change Scholars Program intake:

Eligibility for the 2022 Global Change Scholars Program:

  • The Global Change Scholars Program is open to all PhD candidates. Applicants must be in the first 12 months of candidature at the time of applying.
  • The program is not recommended for those planning to undertake a Graduate School placement or internship. As there is already a placement component included in the program.
  • This program may not be suitable for those involved in institute development programs.

Eligible students will receive a link to an online application form. Applicants will need to provide details of their program, answer a few short questions and upload a CV.   

Shortlisted candidates may be invited to an informal interview.

If you have questions about the program, contact the Global Change Scholars Program Team:

Phone: +61 7 3346 0503

Successful completion of the GCSP provides scholars with:

  • Six-month tuition extension.
  • Six-month stipend extension for those already receiving an approved stipend scholarship.

Scholars will also:

  • 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.
  • Gain access to professional development workshops and seminars.
  • Enhance their research leadership and communication skills.