The University of Newcastle, Australia

Industry and community

UON Graduate Research invites partners from commercial, public sector, community and not-for-profit organisations to engage with UON.

Engagement Opportunities

UON Graduate Research facilitates opportunities for research engagement between organisations and PhD candidates. Our research engagement opportunities provide mutual benefit through sharing and exchange of knowledge, skills and experience. Organisations benefit from PhD candidates’ advanced research skills and knowledge being applied to bespoke projects, while enhancing their profile and relationship with the university.  While PhD candidates benefit from experiencing current organisational practice, developing professional networks and applying research and professional transferable skills in a non-academic context.

HDR candidates may register for advertised opportunities on the Current Students webpages.


We really value the work that you have all done on this project. We were really pleased with the high quality of the presentation and the information provided. The team were very professional and put together an excellent presentation. We have taken the ideas back to the organisation and are now looking at which ideas we can incorporate into service delivery.

Beth Innes
Grants Coordinator
Challenge Community Services

“We were very impressed by the PhD student’s presentation on Friday afternoon.  They clearly collaborated well together as a team and were able to present an approach that included a generous mix of ‘out of the box’ thinking coupled with innovative design.  Well done all.”

Steve Mitchell
Engineering Manager

The PhD team covered a very broad range of approaches, which was unexpected and gratefully received.

Lauren Van Katwyk
Audience Development & Visitor Services Coordinator
Newcastle Art Gallery

We really appreciate the professional attitude your students displayed from their research through to their individual presentations. Your PhD students were resourceful and worked with a diligence and passion that we really did not expect. We have already engaged with a manufacturer and plan to action all the recommendations your team presented.

The University’s delivery on first discussions has been remarkable: easy, professional and enthusiastic. We thank you and Newcastle Innovation for introducing such a valuable platform for Intelli Particle. We value this assistance, as a start-up, and the process has been more than just an academic exercise but a commercial engagement will real outcomes for our company. Intelli Particle has engaged with UON on numerous other levels based on our experience with your team and advice. We appreciate your help and look forward to an ongoing relationship with UON.

Greg Hancock
Chief Executive Officer
Intelli Particle



COLLABORATE projects involve small teams of PhD candidates from different disciplines working together with a facilitator on an issue identified by the partner organisation. There are no costs involved for the partner organisation.

Projects run over 8 weeks and candidates are based on the University campus.



UNITE internships involve one or more PhD candidates completing a specific project designed with the partner organisation.

Internships range from 4 to 12 weeks and candidates will normally be based at the partner organisation’s premises.

UON Business and Industry Scholarships

UON Business and Industry Scholarships provides industry with an opportunity to engage with research students studying at the University of Newcastle. This collaborative relationship across sectors enables our future leaders to transform innovative research into workplace practice, deepening the partnership between the University and the private sector.

The University works collaboratively with industry, business and government to research and develop innovative solutions to real-world problems.  In conjunction with industry partners, University of Newcastle researchers have made remarkable contributions to the knowledge and understanding of issues of global significance across multiple areas. This is your opportunity to get involved.

The Dean of Graduate Research will determine the award of these scholarships with priority given to applications where an eligible research student has been pre-identified.

Additional Partnership Initiatives

Opportunities exist to engage with doctoral students via the University's research education and doctoral training centres, including in the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector through the Advanced METS Doctoral Training Centre - please see details below.

In addition, the University invites organisations to provide internships through the APR Internship program - details on this initiative are also included below.

Advanced METS Doctoral Training Centre

Advanced METS Doctoral Training Centre

The METS DTC facilitates closer links between academia and industry in the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector.

Partners have opportunities to engage with researchers and businesses to develop new technologies and innovations.



Australian Postgraduate Research (APR) Intern is Australia’s only all sector—all discipline PhD internship program, transforming Australian businesses through university research collaborations.