Thank you for your interest to study at the Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences (QAEHS).

QAEHS PhD Positions currently available


Higher Degrees by Research (HDR)

The HDR programs at QAEHS are the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). 

How to Apply

Step 1: Check Your Eligibility

Please check whether or not you meet UQ’s entry requirements for HDR.

If English is not your first language you will need to meet UQ’s English language proficiency requirements for HDR. The full policy can be viewed online.

Please note that to undertake HDR at UQ you will need to be able to cover your living costs (domestic and international students) and tuitions fees (international students only). Details of the scholarships available to study in Australia can be found on the UQ Graduate School website (see details below). The UQ Graduate School offers both domestic and international scholarships and from 2020, there will be two rounds each year for domestic scholarships and one round for international scholarships. Details of the UQ Graduate School scholarship rounds can be found here. Other scholarship schemes may have different deadlines, see the details for each scheme. If your application is successful, UQ has four commencements a year for HDR students – Research Quarters 1 to 4 (January, March, July and October).

Step 2: Find a Principal Advisor

To search for an appropriate advisor you may wish to search UQ Researchers or the QAEHS Our People page. You may also wish to refer to the QAEHS Research page for information on our research themes and theme leaders.

Refine your search to research staff that have strong overlapping interests and experience with your proposed field of research.

Step 3: Expression of Interest

Please submit the following documents to your proposed Principal Advisor so that they can assess your fit with their field of research and eligibility for HDR study at UQ:

  1. A fully completed Expression of Interest (EOI) form. Please make sure your proposal is in the proposed advisor’s field of research interest.
  2. A brief 1-2 page proposal for your MPhil/PhD, including a brief background/motivation for the study, hypotheses/aim and objective and brief methodology. Please be aware that research funds are limited.
  3. An academic CV. If you have publications please indicate which of these publications are indexed (e.g. Web of Science, Pubmed) and include details of your h-index, citations. This will allow an assessment of your professional and research experience and we are then able to offer advice on your competitiveness if you require a university scholarship. Scholarships are highly competitive as you compete with applicants from all Schools and Centres within the university. 
Step 4: Apply Online for Admission

Once you have reached agreement on supervision with a Principal Advisor and have obtained approval from the QAEHS Director for your EOI, please complete an online application.

UQ has put together a guide on how to apply for a research degree - follow these steps. Each application for admission and scholarship is assessed on a case-by-case basis by a UQ Graduate School admissions specialist.

You must upload:

  • Academic CV
  • Academic transcript for all post-secondary study undertaken, complete or incomplete, including the institution grading scale*
  • Award certificates for all completed post-secondary study*
  • Evidence for meeting UQ's English language proficiency requirements (which must be valid at commencement date)
  • QAEHS EOI form, approved by the QAEHS Director
  • Research Proposal

*Certified copies of the original language transcripts and award certificates and official English translations (if applicable) are required.


Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to assist with tuition fees, living expenses and research costs.

You do not need to apply separately for scholarships. If you wish to be considered for UQ merit-based scholarships while undertaking your PhD/MPhil, indicate this on your online application for admission.

Additional scholarship opportunities, including those from external organisations which will require a separate application, can be viewed on UQ's Scholarships page.

UQ is also currently offering Project-based scholarships for prospective PhD applicants.


Enquiries regarding undertaking HDR candidature at UQ should be emailed to: Enquiries regarding research topics should be emailed to the relevant researcher at QAEHS. Enquiries regarding studying at QAEHS should be emailed to QAEHS Admin.

View QAEHS current HDR students