ACU Industry PhD Scholarships support ACU PhD candidates to undertake a research project in collaboration with an industry partner. By working with industry, candidates can apply their high-level research skills to help solve real-world problems.

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The stipend scholarship is valued at $32,192 p.a. (2024 rate, indexed annually). The stipend rate set by the university aligns with the Australian Government Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship base rate. To complement the scholarship, ACU provides a Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship for domestic candidates valued at c. $105,000 and international candidates will be considered for an ACU Tuition Fee Scholarship, Single Overseas Student Health Cover Policy and Relocation Allowance package valued at c. $108,000.

The scholarship conditions align with the ACU Research Training Program Scholarship Policy

We offer three options for industry to support an ACU Industry PhD Scholarship:

Fully funded by industry

Industry partners contribute $40,000 p.a. for 3.5 years to fund a stipend scholarship. 

Co-funded by industry

Industry partners contribute $20,000 p.a. for 3.5 years to fund 50% of a stipend scholarship. ACU will match your contribution with a further $20,000 p.a. for 3.5 years.

For not-for-profit organisations

ACU will contribute an Australian Government Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship or ACU Stipend Scholarship to support a limited number of PhD projects that align with ACU’s mission and strategic agenda. Not-for-profit organisations contribute a stipend scholarship top-up between $5,000 p.a. and $15,000 p.a. for 3.5 years.

Why offer a scholarship?

Access high-level skills and expertise

PhD candidates have high-level analytical and research skills and are independent and critical thinkers who could kick-start innovation within your organisation.

Find new talent for your organisation

A scholarship is a great way to identify future employees and offer your current staff mentoring, leadership and supervision experience.

Help shape our future leaders

Connect and collaborate on some of the latest research across a wide variety of areas and help shape future leaders of industry and research.

Minimal administration

We will manage the recruitment process, and you might be eligible for the Australian Government Research and Development tax incentive to support your costs.

Frequently asked questions

The stipend value set by ACU aligns with the Australian Government Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship base rate and is indexed annually. Industry partner contributions are reviewed annually in line with this figure.

Year Stipend value Industry contribution (fully funded) Industry contribution (co-funded) Not-for-profit contribution
2024 $32,192 $40,000 $20,000 $5,000-$15,000

All amounts are in Australian dollars and are paid to ACU PhD candidates in Australian dollars.

The scholarship conditions align with the ACU Research Training Program Scholarship Policy.

Industry contributions cover the cost of the stipend for the lifetime of the scholarship and include a contingent for project costs.

Stipend values are indexed annually. Industry contributions are fixed for the life of the scholarship.

If your contribution exceeds the cost of the stipend over the duration of the scholarship, the surplus funds are used to offset project costs.

If your contribution does not meet the cost of the stipend over the duration of the scholarship, ACU will cover the difference.

Example payment schedule:

Year Stipend value Industry contribution (fully funded) Industry contribution (co-funded) Not-for-profit contribution
Year one (2024) $32,192 $40,000 $20,000 $5,000-$15,000
Year two (2025) $32,192 + indexation $40,000 $20,000 $5,000-$15,000
Year three (2026) 2025 stipend value + indexation $40,000 $20,000 $5,000-$15,000
Year four (2027) 2026 stipend value + indexation / 2 $20,000 $10,000 $2,500-$7,500


Industry PhD scholarships provide a stipend for an individual research candidate to help them complete their PhD program at ACU.

A stipend is a payment to the candidate to support their day-to-day living costs while undertaking their PhD program at ACU. The stipend is used at the candidate’s discretion on items such as:

  • rent
  • groceries
  • utility bills.

Any unspent funds will be used to offset, either partially or fully, any project costs awarded to the candidate.

Project costs are any costs directly associated with the candidate undertaking their PhD program at ACU. Examples of project costs include:

  • materials or equipment expenses
  • conference attendance
  • publication costs.

Industry partners can be involved in the PhD project in various ways, for example:

  • as a member of the selection panel for the PhD scholarship
  • as an Associate Supervisor (End-user) on the PhD candidate’s supervisory panel
  • as a host and mentor for project activities, for example, project design, data collection, data analysis, knowledge transfer and commercialisation.

Scholarships can be awarded to domestic or international candidates, studying either full-time or part-time. International candidates can usually only be enrolled full-time for visa purposes.

To satisfy the requirements for competitive process, all graduate research scholarships are advertised on the ACU graduate research scholarships webpage.

We recommend allowing at least three months to recruit and select a domestic candidate and up to seven months to recruit an international candidate for commencement.

The recruitment process will include:

  • advertisement (2–4 weeks)
  • application collation, assessment, and offer (8–10 weeks)
  • visa processing and travel to Australia to commence studies (for international candidates).

While ACU reserves the final decision on candidate admission and scholarship awarding, when sponsoring an ACU Industry PhD Scholarship, the industry partner may nominate a representative to participate in the assessment process.

How to apply

To express interest or find out more, please contact the Graduate Research School.

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