National Industry PhD Program

The Australian Government is investing $296 million to build a bedrock of research talent skilled in university–industry collaboration across the sector under the Increase Workforce Mobility initiative. This includes funding to establish the National Industry PhD Program to support the Government’s commitment to add 1,800 Industry PhDs over 10 years.

National Industry PhD Program

About the Program

An Industry PhD is a doctoral program designed with an industry application. Under appropriate academic and industry supervision, PhD candidates undertake a co-designed research project with university and industry participation.

The National Industry PhD Program will support PhD candidates to undertake industry-focused research projects and be equipped with the knowledge and skills to better translate university research into commercialisation outcomes. Upon completion, candidates will have the ability to work at the interface of research and industry, and across the sectors in future.

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.

For more information, please visit the adjacent Program website hosted by the delivery partner, Campus Plus.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted on ISEO by participating universities on behalf of researchers, industry partners, PhD candidates and industry employees.

If you are unsure of a participating university's main point of contact, please contact Campus Plus at

Alternatively, if your project is not yet application ready, please fill in this short Expression of Interest form. This will enable Campus Plus to assist you.

Key dates

Applications for Round 3 2024 are now closed.

Applications for Round 4 2024 are expected to open on 1 July 2024.

For more information regarding general application timelines, please see Attachment D of the Program Guidelines.

Where to find out more

The National Industry PhD Program Guidelines provides more detailed information about the National Industry PhD Program, including eligibility, duration, application processes, training embedment and funding support.

Access the Program guidelines.

National Industry PhD Industry Linked and Industry Researcher funding amount


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If you have any questions, please email the Program delivery partner, Campus Plus, at