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 that will add over 1,800 Industry PhDs over 10 years.

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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 strong potential to work at the interface of research and industry, and across the sectors in future.

The National Industry PhD 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 potential opportunities to be embedded in an industry setting.
  • 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.

Key features of the program:

  • Develop talented PhD candidates into researchers who can work in both industry and academic settings
  • Support high calibre industry professionals into industry researchers and leaders with the potential to work in academic settings
  • Contribute to industry-focused innovation and development through university-industry collaboration
  • Strengthen collaboration between Australian companies and universities
  • Support industry-focused PhD research projects aligned the Government’s priorities


An infographic has been developed displaying the funding amounts, sources, and recipients for the National Industry PhD Program

Next Step

The program continues to be developed. Further details, including the program guidelines and application process, will be made available at a later date.

See the frequently asked questions for further information.

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Domestic PhD candidates who are interested in an Industry PhD place may wish to contact CSIRO directly for CSIRO’s Industry PhD Program. For further information, please email