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Entrepreneurial Scholar PhD Top-up Scholarship

Scholarship value: $10,000 per annum


Closing date 14 April 2021


This is an Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) Entrepreneurial PhD top-up scholarship to support outstanding students with a view to supporting their career development and industry readiness.



The program is supplementary to your PhD research project. The program aims to develop research graduate attributes, particularly focusing on entrepreneurship. Successful candidates will complete UQ's Career Development Framework throughout the course of their PhD, and completion of the program qualifies you for a 6-month scholarship extension (maximum of 4 years). The Top-up will recognise the additional requirements to complete the courses associated with the Career Development Framework, including an industry placement.


  • A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is an internationally recognised graduate research program that will enable you to become an independent researcher.

  • With the guidance of an advisory team, you will undertake a research project and produce an 80,000-word thesis and complete an oral examination.

  • A PhD will take you 3 to 4 years to complete full time and is intended to develop advanced research skills and knowledge in your chosen field.

  • Your research project will be developed with advice from your advisors and allow you to develop discipline and broader research skills and knowledge.

  • The thesis is a substantial document that makes an original contribution to the field of research.

  • You will need a strong academic background and you may need to submit a research proposal and other documents to support your application. About 1,000 PhD candidates join UQ each year researching a wide range of topics.

Academic entry requirements


You have to prove you are prepared for PhD study. You do this by showing you:

  • have completed some research experience

  • have completed an approved university degree and

  • can meet the English language requirements


Approved degrees


An approved degree needs to be:

  • in an area relevant to your proposed PhD project and

  • completed no more than 10 years ago.

You need one of the following approved degrees to apply for a PhD:

  • Master of Philosophy (or another research master’s degree); or

  • Bachelor’s degree from an approved university with at least honours class IIA or equivalent; or

  • Coursework master’s degree with an overall grade point average of 5.65 on the 7-point UQ scale which includes relevant research experience, approved by the dean; or

  • Postgraduate degree (at least one year full-time or equivalent) with an overall grade point average of 5 on the 7-point UQ scale, together with demonstrated research experience equivalent to honours class IIA will be considered on a case-by-case basis; or

  • Bachelor’s degree plus at least 2 years of relevant research experience, including research publications.


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