On 12 May 2021, the federal government announced changes to Research Training Program Block Grant Funding to encourage greater industry-PhD collaboration through internships. In response, Flinders University is implementing new ways of supporting co-funded PhD scholarships with internships to research industry problems, including a pilot of a new scholarship – the PhD Enterprise Scholarship.
PhD Enterprise Scholarships involve:
- equal contribution by Flinders and an industry partner(s)
- a scholarship equivalent to the base rate of the Australian Government RTP Scholarship ($28,854 for 2022, adjusted annually) for 3.5 years
- 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 in 2022, both Flinders and an industry partner(s) will contribute approximately $57,000 each to cover 3.5 years of stipend payments, plus any paid leave. Industry partners can also provide additional funding towards the scholarship to attract talented candidates in competitive markets.
For the 2022 pilot, 10 PhD Enterprise Scholarships will be available. The OGR will be working with College and Portfolio stakeholders to implement the PhD Enterprise Scholarships and aim to enable scholarship students to commence in 2022.
The processes currently being developed by the OGR for the PhD Enterprise Scholarships will also provide greater support to supervisors and industry partners seeking to develop bespoke PhD scholarships with internship arrangements.