Industry Engagement Opportunities

The benefits of collaboration between industry and universities through engagement with research candidates include career development opportunities for candidates, increased workforce capability and enhanced innovation. We recognise that many of our graduates will ultimately not remain in academia, and we wish to support them develop skills and opportunities to create networks outside the university sector. Even for those who will have an academic career, the ability to understand relevant industry needs and to establish partnerships outside academia is crucial.

Opportunities to engage with Industry

Industry or Research End User  is defined as an individual, community or organisation external to academia that will directly use or directly benefit from the output, outcome or results of the research.

Examples of end users includes:

businesses, governments, non-governmental organisations, communities and community organisations.

Specific exclusions of research end-user are:

  • Other higher education providers
  • Organisations that are affiliates, controlled entities or subsidiaries (such as Medical Research Institutes) of a higher education provider
  • Equivalents (international or domestic) of the above exclusions (Department of Education, Skills and Employment)

If the primary purpose of the project is to fund a research student stipend through a research contract,  particular care must be taken with negotiating terms and conditions. The JCU Connect Contracts team works with the Graduate Research School to arrange agreements where there is a student involved.

I am an industry partner looking to support a HDR research candidate through a scholarship

The purpose of an Industry research scholarship is to provide living allowance support to the candidate during their studies.  There are a variety of ways industry can support from full scholarships to top up scholarships. If you are an industry partner further information is explained in this information document on supporting a candidates.

I am an industry partner looking to donate money to support a HDR candidates scholarship

These are called philanthropic scholarships. usually donors are individuals who support  HDR scholarships. The Advancement office looks after these opportunities and works in partnership with the the Graduate School to oversee the  establishment of new HDR philanthropic scholarships, their advertisement  and  award. if you wish to donate money to support a HDR candidate, please see more information here.

I am an Advisor wishing to seek industry funding to support a HDR candidate. 

As an advisor it is important to understand how to work with the teams at JCU to support a candidate. This industry scholarships information guide for Advisors is a useful information resource, to help you when considering Industry support for a candidate. It is also useful for candidates to understand how these are established.

JCU aspires to be an entrepreneurial university for the tropics. We want to ensure that our Higher Degree by Research candidates are inspired to create solutions and deliver impact in their chosen field.  More than 50 per cent of HDR graduates find a career outside academia.  We want to ensure that candidates who wish to pursue a pathway to becoming an entrepreneur, including those who wish to commercialise the outcomes of their research, are well prepared by the time they complete their research degree.

As part of our professional development offering at JCU, we are introducing a new pathway to assist in maximising candidates’ research impact through entrepreneurial skills training. This new undertaking will consist of HDR-tailored introductory and advanced sessions, starting with an overview of what is possible, titled Lab to Market, leading through to Entrepreneur Simulator experiences and coursework subjects for those who wish to go further.

JCU draws upon the resources and expertise of JCU Connect to provide the guidance and training you need to turn your research ideas into a fulfilling career.  We encourage candidates from all disciplines to think broadly about what non-traditional careers might be possible for a research-degree qualified graduate and how your ideas might one day be turned into products in the marketplace.

HDR candidates can count all training in Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation towards RD/RM7003 Professional Development, and may choose to exclusively focus on these activities in the Flexible Component category.

Research Internships

Is your PhD connected with Industry in anyway? If so, maximise the opportunity and get it recognized as an internship. If not and you are wanting to gain Industry research experience we give you all the information to help Candidates, advisors along with industry partners to consider options to suit best!

Where do I start?

All the information for Candidates and Advisors on research internships is here in this FAQ guide 

What forms do I need to fill out?

(1) Independent  Internship

Before you start : Project plan and approval form

When you finish your internship: Internship completion acknowledgement form

Please contact for more information.

A research internship is developed in collaboration between the Candidate, Advisor and you, the Industry Partner. For an in-depth understanding of all things internships please read the Industry Partner FAQ guide and get in touch for further information.

Independent internships at JCU are self sourced. There are a number of places to start looking for an independent internship.

Advisory team

Start by talking to your Advisors. Do they have connections with an Industry partner that you could approach?

APR Intern

APR.Intern is the only national all sector – all discipline internship program placing PhD students into industry.

A not-for-profit program, APR.Intern provides PhD students with the opportunity to apply their research expertise to a short-term 3-6 month project, whilst gaining invaluable experience in an industry setting.

JCU has  the ability to engage with unlimited mathematical and science internships with APR Intern.

Check out available positions on the  advertised internship position page

JCU Graduate Research School

From time to time we have organisations approach us looking for an intern and we also have great connections with our JCU work placement teams which can assist. Contact Fiona Whittenbury at


Check out available internships from CSIRO

Stay tuned!