Work with UQ's PFAS researchers

Efforts to rehabilitate contaminated environments have netted University of Queensland researchers more than $3.6 million, with UQ being awarded four out of nine grants funded through an Australian Research Council (ARC) Special Research Initiative. 

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Eligibility for the PhD program

Eligibility requirements for the UQ PhD program must be met and these are in addition to the preferred academic background of the ideal candidate listed against each of the projects.

A PhD is one of the highest degrees that can be awarded. It is an advanced academic qualification seen as a requirement for the majority of academic and research positions in a wide range of fields and industries. The aim of the PhD is to foster the development of independent research skills. These skills include the capacity to formulate a significant problem, to develop mastery of appropriate conceptual and methodological skills, and to relate the research topic to a broader framework of knowledge in a relevant disciplinary area.

Duration 3-4 years (full time)

Students are required to produce a thesis of no more than 80,000 words, with the research representing a significant new contribution to the discipline.

Minimum level of academic achievement

To meet the Graduate School admissions requirements for a PhD, applicants must provide evidence of the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree with at least honours class IIA or equivalent from approved universities, which includes a relevant research component; or
  • A research master’s degree; or
  • A coursework master’s degree and an overall GPA (grade point average) equivalent to 5.65 on the 7-point UQ scale, which includes a relevant research component; or
  • A postgraduate degree of at least one year full-time equivalent with an overall GPA (grade point average) equivalent to 5.0 on the 7-point UQ scale, together with demonstrated research experience equivalent to honours IIA will be considered for PhD entry on a case by case basis; or
  • A bachelor’s degree plus at least two years of documented relevant research experience, including research publications.

English language proficiency requirements apply.

Relevance of degree The completed degree must be in an area that is relevant to the intended PhD, including sufficient specialisation such that the applicant will have already developed an understanding and appreciation of a body of knowledge relevant to the intended PhD.
Currency of applicant's knowledge The applicant’s degree and/or professional experience must demonstrate that the applicant’s knowledge of the discipline in which they plan to undertake their PhD is current. It is therefore expected that an applicant will have completed their tertiary studies and/or any relevant professional experience in the ten years immediately prior to their intended entry to the PhD.
Commencement dates

Enrolment in the PhD program is in research quarters and commencement in a research quarter is fixed to a specific period. 

Terms and conditions

Read the UQ Research Scholarships terms and conditions.

The student will relinquish the Scholarship if their PhD project changes such that it is outside the scope of that project description.

A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.

Apply now

Prior to applying, you must do these three things:

  • check your eligibility for the PhD program (above);
  • email the contact person listed against your project to discuss your suitability; and 
  • prepare your documentation.

The button below will take you to UQ's Online Application portal. 

When completing your application, please ensure that you

  1. select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'
  2. enter this text in the free-text field title of the scholarship: PFAS
  3. list the UQ enrolling unit as it appears in your preferred project
  4. enter the first listed UQ researcher as your supervisor

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