Postgraduate Higher Degree by Research (HDR) PhD and MPhil study opportunities

QAAFI enrols domestic and international PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) and MPhil (Master of Philosophy) Higher Degree by Research students.

Step 1 - Explore QAAFI research centre of your interest

QAAFI comprises of four research centres, the Centre for Animal Science, Centre for Crop Science, Centre for Horticultural Science and Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences

If you are not sure which Centre suits your research interest, you can view a list of potential supervisors below. 

Find a supervisor

Step 2 - Identify your adviser(s)

Identify QAAFI researcher(s) that could be your potential adviser by discussing your project interests with them, and provide your Curriculum Vitae (CV) so that they can assess your suitability for a potential HDR project.
If you are an international student, you may also be requested to provide evidence of meeting UQ's English Language Proficiency Requirements.

If the advisers you have nominated are unable to supervise you, please contact other potential advisers directly.
You may also ask QAAFI Centre Directors to circulate your research interest to staff in their centre; Centre for Animal Science, Centre for Crop Science, Centre for Horticultural Science and Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences

Additionally, some advisers may already have HDR projects where they are looking for potential students.

The list of projects is not exhaustive, and we encourage you to contact QAAFI researcher(s) directly.

Exceptionally high-achieving applicants may be nominated for the UQ Graduate School scholarship by their adviser.

Browse student project opportunities

Step 3 - Secure your future adviser's support

Through correspondence with the QAAFI researcher(s) of your interest, confirm their adviser support.

Step 4 - Collect supporting evidence for your application

Read about the application procedure outlined on the Graduate School website, which includes what supporting document evidence you will need to prepare. There is also information on scholarship opportunities and their deadlines. Please discuss how to fund your Higher Degree Research (HDR) and scholarship opportunities with your supporting adviser who can guide you to the most appropriate options to support your studies.

Step 5 - Ask for more details

If you need further assistance in guiding you through the Graduate School’s HDR application process, please email the HDR liaison officer (

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HDR support at QAAFI

Nicole Leiva
Higher Degrees by Research Liaison Officer (Science Team)

+61 7 344 31175

Contact for all enquiries, including admission and candidature requirements.

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