Become an Entrepreneurial Scholar at UQ

Are you interested in setting up your own company? Being a future industry leader to help solve society's biggest problems? Do you want to expand your skills? Be the next Chief Scientist?  Then the UQ Entrepreneurial PhD Top-up Scholarship is for you! 

AIBN has a track record of partnering with industry, enabling our scientific ideas to be translated into commercial solutions. The partnerships are matched with innovative thinking and world-class facilities to solve society's serious problems and create change.

As an Entrepreneurial Scholar, you will be equipped with leadership training and an entrepreneurial mindset, positioning you to create your own start-up or innovate within your future workplace.

Selected scholars will undertake a range of professional development activities alongside their PhD, including the Liveris Academy Program, specialised courses, entrepreneurship programs, and spend three months within a company to learn the business of research translation. Through these experiences they will have the opportunity to connect with industry partners and members of other scientific disciplines to expand their professional network.


You are eligible if you:


To support your participation in these experiences, a $10,000 annual top-up scholarship will be awarded for up to four-years FTE.  

To further your career development, we strongly encourage you to complete the requirements for the Career Development Scholarship (CDS).  This scholarship will provide an additional stipend extension of up to six months, to enable the completion of activities that build the transferable and professional skills of PhD candidates.

Attributes of an Entrepreneurial Scholar

The UQ Entrepreneurial PhD Top-up Scholarship is suitable for high-achieving individuals who:

  • are passionate about research and are interested in engaging collaboratively with industry
  • have a keen interest in entrepreneurship and/or translational research
  • are interested in developing their leadership potential
  • are big picture thinkers who want to push the boundaries and seek opportunities to create change; and
  • are committed to completing the professional development activities offered through the top-up scholarship.

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Benefits for students

This is not just any scholarship, you have the opportunity to benefit in the following ways:  

  • Develop professional capabilities and an entrepreneurial mindset to create opportunities that either complement or extend beyond your research discipline.
  • Test your capabilities as a researcher and learn critical business processes during an industry placement. 
  • Gain a sense of empowerment to solve challenges and develop new innovative ideas that will make a difference.
  • Increase your awareness of industry expectations and the diverse career pathways available.
  • Expand your professional networks by engaging with a range of internal and external stakeholders.


Challenge yourself and experience the strength of science helping society.

Doing a Higher Degree by Research at the AIBN will develop your skills and help you establish a career in research. Undertaking further study is an accomplishment, and an achievement to be proud of. By working on independent research projects under advisors who are world leaders in their field, in cutting-edge labs, we will help you be at the forefront of emerging technologies for the betterment of society. We look for the best and provide the best in return.

At AIBN we recognise the important contributions research students make to our successes.  As a result we:

  • Provide students with a comprehensive research skill set
  • Offer students the foundation for a successful research career
  • Provide an intellectually supportive and stimulating environment for your studies
  • Give students access to state-of-the-art equipment
  • Encourage students to publish journal papers at all stages
  • Provide the opportunity to be named on patents
  • Offer programs to challenge students to become good communicators, leaders and corporate citizens.