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 1,300 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 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.


Australian Government funding for the National Industry PhD Program is provided to eligible Australian HEPs in accordance with Part 2-3 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA).

The Other Grants (Research) Amendment (National Industry PhD Program) Guidelines 2022 provide the legislative basis for the provision of funding to this program and prescribes the conditions that apply.

Program Guidelines


Applications will open in 2023, with the Program commencing from 1 July 2023.

Further details, including application process and form, will be made available early 2023.

If interested in applying for this program, whether as a potential researcher, industry partner, PhD candidate or industry employee, please fill in this short Expression of Interest form. This will enable the program delivery partner, Campus Plus, to assist you.

See the frequently asked questions for further information.

Expression of Interest form

Frequently asked questions


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