Industry PhD Program

The RACE for 2030 Industry PhD Program is engaging industry and universities to train the future workforce through practical, demand driven research projects.

Getting Involved

RACE for 2030 (RACE) aims to accelerate the transition to Reliable, Affordable, Clean Energy by 2030 through innovation focused on energy end users and the networks that supply them. The Industry PhD Program (the program) is engaging industry and universities to train the future workforce through practical, demand driven research projects. Industry partners, in conjunction with academia, provide the Industry PhD research agenda based on their societal knowledge of pressing needs and issues. RACE PhD candidates (candidates) will have individual and collective passions that can be harnessed to create positive, impactful actions, outcomes, and change.
Each project must have an industry partner and will generally have an associated Industry Reference Group (IRG) of several members to provide guidance on the PhD research. They will ensure the research addresses an industry issue, in addition to the support provided through the partner University.
RACE will fund 55 candidates through to 2030 across the four RACE research programs, CLICK HERE to learn more about these programs. RACE will provide three years of funding with an expected completion within four years full time. The lead industry partner and host university will attribute $12,500/year towards the PhD scholarship from their RACE contributions.
Industry PhD research projects may be submitted for consideration by industry or research partners and there is an emphasis on industry collaboration. The call for Industry PhD topic nominations is currently closed. We will be undertaking another round in April 2021. Details will be available on this page when the next round opens.


Candidates and Eligibility

PhD Candidates 

We encourage applicants from a diversity of backgrounds and those who meet the RACE core values. Giventhe historicunder-representation of women in the energy sector, female applicants are particularly encouragedto apply.Our ideal candidate starts in a field of industry needs driven research nominated by our researchers and/or industry partners and aligned with the projects identifiedby RACE. The candidate will be recruited under a competitive process via the University partners. 



To be eligible for a RACE for 2030 scholarship: 


  1. Scholarships are available for Australian residents. Non-residents will be considered, subject to project-specific requirements. Applicants should have a first-class honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline.


  1. Applicants must be eligible for enrolment in their chosen course at a participating RACE university. It is recommended that students obtain relevant postgraduate information from the relevant university before pursuing a scholarship inquiry.


  1. Applicants must be studying full time.

Structure and Milestones

The appointed PhD candidate will follow the regulations of the University where the PhD is to be awarded. However, the normal structure will be through a PhD by publication with a minimum of three peer reviewed publications and will commence with an Industry PhD Rapid Reviews CLICK HERE for more details. A rapid review is a focused review of research on a topic or problem identified by industry. The rapid review brings together knowledge from a range of sources includingacademia, industry and government reports, to highlight and target future research areas. This is done in a 6 to 8-month time frame and is guided by the industry partner, University supervisor and theIRG. At the end of the process, current knowledge is summarised, and recommendations on future research and policy areas are clearly identified. This allows the industry PhD project to continue with a clear issue to focus on that is beneficial to both industry and academia. 


Rapid reviews provide three outputs: 


  1. Industry and society policy summary written in plain language (2-5 pages);


  1. Evidence report from the rapid review process ‘review of reviews’ – 30 pages, available for either/both industry and researchers; and


  1. Rapid Reviewfor peer reviewedpublication.


The following milestones apply for the industry PhD candidates: 


  • 1-6 months: Industry PhDcandidatecommences, discussions with their IRG regarding the industry identified need for the rapid review topic, undertake scoping searches of the literature to identify feasibility of the topic. Reporting milestone toRACE at end of 6 months onprogress.


  • 8 months:delivery of rapid review outcomes package under the guidance of the IRG and research supervisors. The rapid review documents will be available on the RACEwebsite.


  • Year 1:Milestone report toRACEcovering activities undertaken including those with the IRG,any difficulties encountered,research outputsand timeline tocompletion.


  • Year 2:Milestone report toRACE(same asprevious year)and IRGindustry engagementreport.


  • Year 3: Milestone report to RACE (same as previous year). PhDcompletion with research publicationswithin this timeframe. Extension may be permitted on acase-by-casebasis.


Therewillbe a lively program of engagement among industry PhD candidates and with industry and research partners and with the wider RACE stakeholders.This may include summer studies, industry placement, online and IRL seminars, conferences, workshops and social events. More information on these events will be disseminated in due course. 

Support Staff

Professor Greg Morrison (Program Leader RACE for Everyone) will oversee the PhD program with support from Dr Jessica Breadsell, the PhD Program Coordinator. 


The RACE for 2030 PhD team can be contacted on the following details: 

Greg Morrison: 

University Partners

Our university partners include: 


  • Curtin University
    • Griffith University
    • Monash University
    • Queensland University of Technology
    • RMIT University
    • University of New South Wales
    • University of South Australia
    • University of Technology Sydney 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I am an industry partner who has a PhD topicideabut I do not have a research partner in mind, what can I do? 
  2. Contact the PhD team to discuss matching a research partner to your project.


  1. Can I complete my PhD part-time?
  2. We are not offering part-time scholarships at this stage.


  1. Are top-up scholarships available?
  2. We are not offering top-up scholarships at this stage but may do so in the future.


  1. Can I carry out a traditional PhD with a “thick thesis”?
  2. RACE PhD scholarships require a thesis including a rapid review and peer reviewed publications, this model provide clear outcomes for both our research and industry partners


  1. Why do we need industry partners in the PhD program?
  2. RACE PhD is funded by the Department of Industry, the industrypartners and the Research Partners. RACE is a collaboration in addressing industry needs. Industry partners and the IRG provide the research agenda based on their societal knowledge of pressing needs and issues. The industry partners and IRG also provide a good basis for industry relevance for the PhD student.


  1. I am an international student, can I apply for a PhD?
  2. Scholarships are currently available for Australian residents. Non-residents will be considered, subject to project-specific requirements.


  1. How long is the scholarship for?
  2. The scholarship is for 3 years with an additional 6 months being granted on a case-by-case basis.


  1. My University has a coursework requirement for the PhD program, how will that work with the RACE requirements?
  2. If your University has coursework requirements, we will work with you and your industry partner and Industry reference group to devise a timeline of research completion that suits everyone.