The National Industry PhD Program creates powerful opportunities for universities, industry and PhD candidates to work together and aims to build a bedrock of research talent skilled in university-industry collaboration, knowledge transfer and research commercialisation.

About the program

An Australian Government initiative, the program will train 1,300 PhD candidates over 10 years, opening the door to an array of new career possibilities for PhD candidates.

The program consists of two streams:

Industry Linked PhD stream

This stream is for outstanding PhD candidates to undertake research projects co-designed by university and industry, with opportunities to be embedded in an industry setting and participate in a 12-week training program.

Industry Researcher PhD stream

This stream is for highly capable industry professionals who are supported by their employers to undertake PhD projects in partnership with a university while retaining industry employment and salary benefits.


You can find further information about the National Industry PhD Program, including details about the program objectives, eligibility criteria, the application and selection processes, program rules, and program roles and responsibilities on the Campus Plus website.

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How to apply

The Australian Government conducts two application rounds each year in February and July. Applications must be submitted by participating universities on behalf of the research team. The ACU Graduate Research School can advise on developing suitable projects for the program. Please contact us to discuss your ideas.

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Associate Supervisor (End-user)

An Associate Supervisor (End-user) is a specialist external to ACU who can provide expertise to the supervision of a research candidate and who will directly use or directly benefit from their research.

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ACU Industry PhD Scholarships

ACU Industry PhD Scholarships support ACU PhD candidates to undertake a research project in collaboration with an industry partner.

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CSIRO Industry PhD Program

The CSIRO Industry PhD Program brings together an industry partner, a university and Australia’s leading science agency – CSIRO – to co-develop a 4-year industry-focused PhD project.

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ACU Industry PhD Internships

An internship is a tightly focused, three-month research and development project undertaken in collaboration with an ACU PhD candidate.

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