New Support for PhD Students

The Western Australian Government has established a New Industries Fund to support and accelerate new and emerging businesses to diversify the Western Australian economy and create new jobs and industries.

As part of the fund, the new Science Industry PhD Fellowships program supports PhD candidates to collaborate with an industry partner in a high growth area. Under the program, PhD candidates will undertake a PhD research project on a topic agreed to by a company, the candidate and the host university. The nominated company will host the PhD candidate for a period agreed to by the candidate, host institution and company.


The program aims to encourage linkages between researchers and industry, add value to the PhD experience and strengthen collaboration and research impact in economic high growth areas, such as life sciences, cyber security, automation, including robotics and artificial intelligence, new energy industries, and data science.

How many fellowships?

Up to 24 fellowships will be awarded over a three year period, with each fellowship providing up to $10,000 per annum over the period of the PhD (three years) to selected students for undertaking a PhD that addresses relevant industry problems or creates new opportunities.

Who can participate?

The Science Industry PhD Fellowships Program will complement and extend the range of existing programs matching students with companies and organisations. Industry will be involved from the beginning of the PhD project, with long-term collaboration throughout the project, and additional training and networking events for PhD candidates, supervisors and industry partners.

How to apply

The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation has engaged Innovation Cluster as consultants to assist in securing the participation of companies, students and host universities in the program and provide training in industry engagement. Peter Rossdeutscher and Dr Natasha Ayers, principals of Innovation Cluster, have an established track record in this area through their involvement with the iPREP and the Start Something from Research industry and research engagement programs.'

Round One 

On 24 January 2019 the Minister for Innovation and ICT; Science announced that the first round of Science Industry PhD Fellowships has been awarded. The range of exciting and innovative projects the students will work on includes:

  • Developing new materials to repair tendon damage;
  • Creating a smart home automation system;
  • Protecting critical infrastructure from cyber attack;
  • Promoting sustainable cultural tourism in the Kimberley; and 
  • Providing expert advice for beekeepers to maintain healthy lives.

To read about all of the project topics and industry collaborations, view our recipients' page.

The media statement can be viewed here

Round Two

Applications for Round 2 are now open and will close on 8 May, 2019. This has been extended from 30 April 2019.

To apply and find out more please contact