THE IMOVE INDUSTRY PHD PROGRAM IS AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY FOR COMPANIES AND GOVERNMENT TO WORK CLOSELY WITH THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST STUDENTS TO DEVELOP NEW TECHNOLOGY, PROCESSES, AND THINKING.

 

The program pairs businesses with Universities and PhD students to work on an agreed topic over a three-year period.

The student has academic and iMOVE support, access to additional professional development activities, as well as a competitive stipend over this period.

TMR CHAD project vehicle Renault ZOE

Benefits for Industry

  • A high-quality R&D resource for the business
  • In-depth investigation of a topic
  • Ongoing assistance from the university and iMOVE
  • Connections to other organisations and networks in the same and related areas
  • Access to industry events and opportunities through iMOVE
  • Develop up-and-coming talent
EasyMile EZ10 driverless shuttle, side view, University of Melbourne

Benefits for Universities

  • Develop and strengthen linkages with industry
  • Deliver industry-ready graduates
  • Promote expertise
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Benefits for Students

  • Real-world experience
  • Strengthen technical and soft skills
  • Chance to meet potential employers
  • Create industry networks early

How does the program work?

Companies can form iMOVE Industry PhD projects in a few ways, including:

  • Contacting us with topics/thoughts, and to find the right university / student when ready
  • Talking to existing iMOVE university partners directly to develop a project
  • Universities can also approach industry/government partners to develop a project idea before applying to iMOVE.

Visit our Transport Research Activities page for a guide to what research topics fall within iMOVE areas of interest.

You are welcome to contact us with any questions about how to progress an idea.

Funding

PhD funding is $40,000 a year for a maximum of three years, which includes the student stipend and a travel and materials allowance for the project. The industry / government partner contributes $20,000 per annum, the remaining $20,000 is contributed by iMOVE and the university combined.

Who is eligible?

  • Any ‘industry’ participant (business / government) – you don’t need to be an existing iMOVE CRC partner
  • Universities must be one of the 17 that is an iMOVE partner

Please note, applications must come via the university or industry partner. Students should contact their university to discuss any application to join the program.

How to apply

Interested companies and universities can download the scoping document, which we need filled out for each proposed project, and return to iMOVE via email.

iMOVE encourages project topics to be submitted early so that we may review and approve the topic area. Once a project topic area has been approved iMOVE will work with the parties to finalise the project agreement for signature.