EOIs open for new PhD Enterprise Scholarships (2023 Round) for 2024 commencements.
In December 2021, the Department of Education released new Research Training Program legislation for the Research Block Grant Funding to encourage greater industry-PhD collaboration through internships. In response, Flinders University implemented new ways of supporting co-funded PhD scholarships with internships to research industry problems, including a pilot of a new scholarship in 2022 – the PhD Enterprise Scholarship. The 2022 Pilot was a significant success. With our ongoing commitment to enhancing Research Engagement, Translation, and Impact, we now call for proposals for another round of PhD Enterprise Scholarships.
PhD Enterprise Scholarships involve:
- equal contribution by Flinders and an industry partner(s)
- a scholarship equivalent to the base rate of the Flinders PhD Scholarship $33,000 pa (2023 rate from 1 April, subject to indexation) for up to 3.5 years (plus the provision of additional personal and parental leave of up to 6 months for eligible students)
- An eligible industry internship of 3-months minimum (60 days full-time equivalent), must be agreed in written form with a research end-user within 18 months of candidature. The agreed industry internship can then be undertaken by the student at any point during their course.
For scholarships commencing from 2023, both Flinders and an industry partner(s) will contribute approximately $66,000 each (2023 rate only, indexed annually, indexation will be indicated in the final collaboration agreement) to cover up to 3.5 years of stipend payments, plus the provision of additional personal and parental leave of up to 6 months for eligible students. Industry partners can also provide additional funding towards the scholarship to attract talented candidates in competitive markets.
The Office of Graduate Research will be working with College and Portfolio stakeholders to establish the PhD Enterprise Scholarships and aim to enable scholarship students to commence in early 2024.