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

QAAFI enrols domestic, international and remote PhD and MPhil 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 interes, you can view a list of potential supervisors here

Step 2 - Identify your advisor(s)

Identify QAAFI researcher(s) that could be your potential advisor 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 advisors you have nominated are unable to supervise you, please contact other potential advisors 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 advisors may already have HDR projects where they are looking for potential students.
Browse current student project opportunities available at QAAFI. 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 advisor.

Step 3 - Secure your future advisor's support

Through correspondence with the QAAFI researcher(s) of your interest, confirm their advisor 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 advisor 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 (hdr.qaafi@enquire.uq.edu.au)

Application Guide


Brigid Lacey
HDR Liaison Officer - QAAFI

Ph. 07 334 62779
Level 2, Queensland Bioscience Precinct (80), St Lucia