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Our program brings together an industry partner, a university and CSIRO to provide you with an opportunity to undertake industry-relevant research while earning your PhD.

You will undertake a co-designed research project to develop your ability to translate research into commercial outcomes. You’ll get real-world experience and access to specialised expertise, equipment and training.

Our graduates develop transferable professional skills and are well positioned to work at the cutting edge of industry focussed research.

You’ll receive:

  • admission to a university PhD program
  • a four-year scholarship package of $45,000 per annum
  • a four-year Project Expense and Development package of up to $13,000 per annum
  • a six-month industry internship
  • professional development training to develop your applied research skills
  • supervision by CSIRO, an industry partner and the host university.

My project is linked with eco mag a smaller sharing company that's looking to produce magnesium salts from seawater.

I know this fantastic new material but they need to find new applications to use them in so I'm investigating using them in things like gas masks or in the field of catalysis trying to leverage the the knowledge we have here at UNSW.

The uniqueness of the program is given Timothy a much more valuable experience than a more traditional PhD because the program involves supervisors from academia CSIRO and Industry and combined it'll give the student of a candidate a much more rewarding and broader experience

It's really exciting to be able to know that your research can actually be translated into the real world and have a really good chance to do that.

Science these days requires both the technical aspects of your research as well as the business minded people in the room to be able to translate that into a real commercial thing and the I PhD offers a process that can actually facilitate that that you wouldn't usually get in a typical phd program.

What we provide to Tim is actually a reality check on what his works about for the university to correlate some much more with what businesses one now so for Tim and the University and CSIRO they're more attuned with what is required now.

So as part of the I PhD I got to attend a launch camp facilitated by the CSIRO. So launch count gives you a great opportunity to view your project from a different perspective and further align it with more commercial outcomes while also maintaining the scientific basis of what you're doing.

I actually participate in that with all of my super welding team and their expertise and their assistance throughout the process was invaluable. 

If you're very satisfied to see this student getting ready for the job market after their graduation and is ready for tacking tackling the real-world problem.

It's been very exciting to be able to see that potentially my research can be translated into a commercial setting to formulate new products for eco mag I think that's a big motivator for me a PhD is very you know you have to have a lot of self motivation throughout the process to have something like that to lean on throughout the processes is great.

For Tim the results for him will be that he'll have something that is practical something that is going to be used in society and hopefully for for greater good. 

It's exciting to know that my research at the end of the program could be helping real people in the real world tackle a real issue that we're facing and also with the prospect of you know furthering my skills and helping my career along the way. 

I think in terms of short-term aim of course this will link him directly to a job working with us hopefully in the future and we really like to for him to do so and who knows in the future he might be the future CEO here you know working in operating.

Hear from participants in one of our projects about their experience in the program.

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Key benefits

  • Create impact by conducting research relevant to an industry partner
  • Deepen networks with industry, university and CSIRO
  • Develop a broad range of industry-focussed skills
  • Strengthen knowledge in entrepreneurship, innovation and translation of research
  • Grow transferable professional skills such as communication, teamwork, management and organisational skills
  • Gain access to specialised expertise, equipment and training from industry, university and CSIRO
  • Boost employability and broaden future career opportunities.

How to apply

For more information on how to apply, intake dates and other program details, visit our student information page

Partner with us

Industry partner

We are looking for business leaders to join this industry-focused program. The program provides access to specialised research expertise in an exploratory, collaborative setting and provides opportunities to strengthen existing relationships or forge new connections with Australian universities and CSIRO.

The program is available to all Australian businesses or businesses with a substantial presence in Australia. However, Government and not-for-profit organisations are excluded. Businesses must be able to contribute $12,000 per annum over four years towards the student scholarship, be well-equipped to host a student for a six-month internship and meet co-supervision requirements.

If you are interested in becoming an industry partner, please contact us.

University partner 

Our program is available to all Australian universities and is designed to support strengthening industry-university relationships to drive research translation and commercialisation.

The university must provide a fee offset, appropriate academic supervisor/s and administers the student’s PhD tenure, including an internship with the industry partner.

If you work within the Graduate Research School or University Leadership and would like to learn more about how the program may be integrated into your university training system, please contact us.

If you are a university researcher who has a potential project idea in mind, please contact us.

For more project information see Industry PhD Program rules PDF (750 KB) or contact the CSIRO Industry PhD Program Office.

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