Become an Entrepreneurial Scholar at AIBN

The UQ Entrepreneurial Scholars Program offers an expanded PhD program for selected exceptional students that includes courses and skill development in entrepreneurship and mentoring, alongside an industry placement - preparing you for entrepreneurship in your future career. 

Do you want to set up your own company? Be a future industry leader helping solve society's biggest problems? Do you want to expand your skills? Be the next Chief Scientist?  Then the UQ Entrepreneurial Scholars Program is for you! 

AIBN has a world-class track record of working closely with industry, enabling the translation of science. Through innovation and partnership, we are solving society's serious problems. The institute houses world-class facilities that allow researchers to create change, translating scientific ideas into commercial solutions. Growing their networks and connecting with Industrial Affiliates, our cohort of Entrepreneurial Scholars will learn the business of research translation and be uniquely equipped for future leadership careers in government, industry or academia. 

Successful candidates will complete UQ's Career Development Framework and dedicated entrepreneurship courses, meet industry leaders and spend 3 months within a company following the translation pathway. You will learn throughout the course of your PhD, and qualify for a 6-month scholarship extension (maximum of 4 years). 

Join AIBN as an Entrepreneurial Scholar, and you can follow your passion to help us create solutions for society’s serious problems in energy, health and the bioeconomy, with a community of like-minded researchers and develop far-reaching networks in research and industry.



This ground-breaking initiative recognises industry demand for job-ready people able to apply game-changing and commercial solutions to industry-wide challenges. With courses in entrepreneurship and leadership and a three-month industry placement, it equips our graduates for leadership roles in industry, government and research.


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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.