Work with leading researchers, and learn to conduct research independently and think critically, while contributing to large projects of national and international significance. These scholarships are funded by the Commonwealth Government to provide financial assistance to students during completion of a PhD. 


Please review the entry requirements for the PhD at UQ below. You must meet these requirements in addition to the preferred academic background for the project you want to apply for.

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. 

Scholarship value

The successful applicant for each project will be awarded a scholarship package comprising a base stipend of AU$27,596 per annum (2019 rate), indexed annually, for three years with two possible six month extensions in approved circumstances, tuition fees and Overseas Student Health Cover where applicable.

Terms and conditions

Read the policy on UQ Research Scholarships.

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.

International students must study full time.

Students can be considered for scholarship only twice. Consideration can be prior to enrolment, or in the first round after the confirmation milestone is achieved*.

*conditions apply, see the scholarship rules for further details

How to apply


Enrolment in the PhD program at UQ is in research quarters (not semesters); and commencement in a research quarter is fixed to a specific period. Recipients of these scholarships may commence in any research quarter and you should discuss this with the Chief Investigator prior to applying.