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Higher degrees by research at UQ

Study at a global top 50 university and create change as a graduate researcher.

Work with leading researchers to uncover the answers to your unknowns.

Tuition scholarships are available for 120+ projects across an array of disciplines, as well as ~$29K (tax-free) living stipend scholarships to support you while you study.

How it works

There are 2 major scholarship schemes to start you on your PhD or MPhil journey at UQ.

Develop a project

Find a UQ researcher to supervise you and collaborate to develop a project. 

Apply for a Graduate School scholarship for tuition and ~$29K a year for living expenses.

Choose a program

Join a research project

Or, join an existing project linked to UQ's groundbreaking research.

You'll receive an earmarked scholarship to cover your tuition and ~$29K a year for living expenses.

See projects

How to apply for a PhD, MPhil or professional doctorate

Browse scholarships

Browse all HDR scholarships to see what's available.

Find a supervisor

Find a supervisor in your field, and speak with them about your project.

Explore UQ researchers

Prepare your documents

What you need to provide depends on the program and the scholarship.

Apply online

Start your application for a program and a scholarship. Save for later if you need to.


What you need to do – step by step

Watch this video to learn how to apply, including how to submit your documents.

Events for prospective PhD and other HDR students

Join us online or in-person for one of our free information sessions. This is your chance to ask questions and hear from researchers and current HDR candidates about their experiences.

View all upcoming HDR events to find out more and register to attend.

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Other financial support

We have other options for financial support too.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers

If you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander researcher, we have scholarships to support you. Besides tuition scholarships, you’ll get a $39K living stipend each year.

Top-up scholarships
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Top-up scholarships

You might be eligible for a top-up scholarship, giving you another ~7–14K a year on top of your living stipend.

Discover research at UQ

With world-class facilities and reputation, and development support, we’re here to help you create change.

Developing researchers

Through individual and network support, we’ll help you develop transferable and professional skills and grow as a researcher.

World-class facilities

Our research facilities and extensive infrastructure mean you'll have the best equipment at your fingertips.

Research impact

From developing quantum microscopes and vaccines, though to sustainable construction technologies, our research is changing the world and people’s lives for the better.

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Sign up and we'll keep you informed about important dates, scholarships, events, and news and stories about UQ's groundbreaking research impact.

Go deeper

Hear from academics and students from a range of UQ faculties, schools and institutes to see what it's really like to study a PhD at UQ.

Sandra Phillips

From candidate to supervisor: Sandra’s PhD journey

Sandra Phillips, Associate Dean (Indigenous Engagement) in UQ's Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences talks about her journey from PhD candidate to research supervisor.

You'll also discover some bonus tips if you're looking to pursue a higher degree by research.

PhD alumnus Angie Knaggs

Is a PhD worth it?

When you’re considering such a big academic step, it’s normal to wonder: is a PhD worth it?

We've asked our alumni and put together the professional and personal benefits of pursuing a PhD to help you work out if a Doctor of Philosophy would be worthwhile for you.