Industry PhDs

Support an ACU PhD candidate with an industry scholarship or internship.

Sponsor and co-supervise a PhD candidate, in partnership with ACU’s Faculty of Education and Arts, while they undertake a co-designed research project.

The candidate will intern with your organisation while they are supervised by a world-leading, LLE expert in one of our research strengths: education, social sciences, humanities, creative arts, or theology and philosophy.

Industry scholarships give PhD candidates the opportunity to better understand and explore the real-world impacts of their work.

To express interest or discuss opportunities for a PhD candidate to work with your organisation, email

What is a PhD internship?

An internship is a tightly focused three-month research and development project undertaken by a PhD candidate in collaboration with your organisation.

What are the costs?

A typical PhD internship costs A$15,000 for a three-month contract.

Your organisation may be eligible for the research and development tax incentive and sector-specific vouchers, which significantly reduce the total cost of the project. Industry partners can also access state government funding schemes where available, usually for small-to-medium enterprises.

Check directly with funding bodies for eligibility criteria and application processes.

What are our research areas?

Research in education helps drive pedagogical innovation. This, in turn, informs our teaching practices and advice to schools, governments and industry.

Our areas of education research include:

  • assessment, evaluation and education policy
  • early childhood
  • educational leadership
  • educational policy
  • educational psychology
  • English and literacies
  • literacy and pedagogy
  • STEM education.

Research in arts and humanities helps us to better understand the complexities of the human experience.

Our areas of arts and humanities research include:

  • ancient Israel
  • Australian studies
  • colonialism/postcolonialism
  • economic sociology
  • sociology of religion
  • gender and women’s history
  • landscape evolution and geoarchaeology
  • literature
  • political, social and cultural movements
  • populism, extremism and radicalism
  • refugees and migration
  • virtual and creative arts.

Potential interdisciplinary research areas include child welfare, family services and the youth justice system.

An internship is just one of the ways our PhD students work with industry.

Read more about ACU’s PhD scholarship programs

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