The below framework provides an indication of the professional development activities included in the UQ Entrepreneurial PhD Top-up Scholarship.  Scholarship recipients are expected to complete all activities to gain the most out of this opportunity.

Please note: These activities are subject to change.

Enrichment experiences

Scholarship recipients are encouraged to participate in a range of cohort-building experiences to enhance their employability and expand their professional networks.  These experiences will be promoted throughout the year, and include but are not limited to:

This stage typically refers to your first 12 months of candidature.  During this period, we expect that you will complete at least two specialised courses, complete the UQ Ventures PhD Curiosity program and engage in networking opportunities. 

Specialised courses

Led by subject matter experts who will provide focused insights on a range of topics to develop and expand your knowledge across design thinking, entrepreneurial leadership, strategy and research commercialisation.

Offered as an intensive block, the workshops are due to be hosted in June and November each year.

Ventures Curiosity PhD 

The UQ Ventures team offers a suite of active learning programs to help students develop an entrepreneurial mindset.  During the six-week program, you will have the opportunity to form and test your early-stage ideas or simply develop a taste and explore how you can expand your entrepreneurial mindset.  You will also build networks and connect with PhD students from different disciplines for a strong, well-connected start to your entrepreneurial journey.

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Networking Opportunities

Developing a community of like-minded scholars and expanding your external networks is a key component of this top-up scholarship.  Examples of networking opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Entrepreneurial Scholar Connect sessions
  • UQ Ventures events
  • Liveris Distinguished Speakers events
  • Facility Tours with AIBN industry partners
  • Representing AIBN at events

Please note: These activities are subject to change.

This stage typically occurs 12 - 36 months into your candidature.  During this period, we expect that you will attend at least two specialised courses, complete either the UQ Ventures PhD LeadHers or Ventures Validate Program and undertake your industry placement.  Networking opportunities will continue to be promoted during this time.

Specialised Courses

Led by subject matter experts who will provide focused insights on a range of topics to develop and expand your knowledge across design thinking, entrepreneurial leadership, strategy and research commercialisation.

Offered as an intensive block, the workshops are due to be hosted in June and November each year.

Ventures Validate

Whether you are working on a for-profit, a social enterprise or a not-for-profit enterprise, you will understand market needs through discussions with your potential customers and devise a sustainable business model with Ventures Validate.  After the eight-week program, your team will pitch to a judging panel for a share of $10,000 in cash.

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Ventures LeadHers PhD 

Throughout the program, you will have the opportunity to grow your leadership capabilities, build connections and gain the confidence to take your first steps in your entrepreneurial and leadership journey. During the program, you will develop the skills to lead with confidence and explore the common challenges most professional female leaders face in their careers. 

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Industry Placement

We will work with you to secure a placement at one of our industry partners shortly after your 12-month confirmation milestone.  Placements will consist of 60 full-time equivalent days of engagement with an industry partner.  For more information, please visit https://cdf.graduate-school.uq.edu.au/placements

Please note: These activities are subject to change.

This stage typically occurs in the final 12 months of your canditure.  During this period, we expect that you will continue to participate in arranged networking opportunities and if applying for the Career Development Scholarship, complete the remaining eligibility requirements.

Career Development Workshops

The UQ Graduate School hosts a range of workshops for PhD students as part of its Career Development Framework (CDF) with most  contributing to the eligibility requirements of the Career Development Scholarship. Below is a suggested list of workshops specific to entrepreneurship, communicating research and career development.  

  • Planning and Presenting 
  • Impactful Presentations
  • Communicating outside academia 
  • Communicating in a global environment
  • Career Strategy: Plan for your future 
  • Building your personal brand 
  • Matching your potential with jobs 
  • Intellectual Property
  • UniQuest Research Commercialisation Workshop 
  • Resilient researcher: Understanding yourself and others

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Please note: These activities are subject to change.

Reflection 

To truly understand what skills and attributes have been developed, you will be required to reflect on your activities and experiences. To facilitate this process, the self-reflection (SEAL) process will be used, enabling you to unpack your experiences so you can better understand how your skills and attributes can be used in a work context. 

Reflections will be captured via StudentHub and reviewed annually as part of the top-up scholarship review process.
 

 

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