UQ-U21 Research Exchange for students of U21 institutions

As a member of the U21 network, The University of Queensland and has a research exchange program available for PhD students of other U21 institutions. As highly ranked institutions, and research partners, the exchange program aims to strengthen research linkages and provide opportunities for PhD students from each university to extend and enhance their graduate research work.

Key Program Details

  • Doctoral candidates participating in the research exchange will be enrolled at UQ for stays of 3 - 12 months. 
  • Research exchange students are not charged tuition fees, however other administrative fees may apply.
  • Exchange candidates will have supervision at UQ and, for the period of the visit, access to the library, laboratory, and other resources comparable to locally-enrolled doctoral candidates.
  • Exchange candidate's progression, thesis supervision and examination will remain the principal responsibility of the home institution.
  • At the completion of the exchange program, exchange candidates will be provided with a joint University of Vienna-UQ certificate confirming their participation in the research exchange program, but will not be awarded a joint/double degree or academic transcript. 


The U21-UQ Research Exchange is open to doctoral candidates in the U21 netowrk from all disciplines. In order to be eligible for the program the applicant must: 

  • have the approval/support from their U21 supervisor
  • have found a supervisor at UQ 
  • have attained the equivalent of UQ’s confirmation milestone (at least 12 months in to the program)
  • meet UQ’s English language proficiency requirements. If you are unable to provide test results please contact the research exchange representative listed below.

How to apply

  1. You should contact one of UQ's Schools/Institutes to discuss your interest in visiting UQ as a research exchange candidate and determine if there is a suitable advisor for you.
  2. Once the School/Institute invites you to apply, you will need to complete an Application for Research Study Exchange form and write a motivation letter, as well as include all necessary supporting documentation.
    • Send this form to your research exchange representative.
  3. Upon approval of the application, the UQ Graduate School will issue an offer letter and package.
Application Deadline

There are two preferred intakes each year in January and July:

  • The deadline to apply for a January start date will be 1st September.
  • The deadline to apply for a July start date is 1st of March.