Collaborative research opportunities at Griffith University open doors to greater innovation and discovery for our higher degree researchers, who are ready to think globally and discover new world solutions.

At Griffith, we undertake significant, socially relevant research with partners from across and beyond the University. This means you'll gain all the advantages of studying at a research-intensive university that fosters industry, community, government, national and international research collaborations—offering you a unique university experience. Griffith researchers are well connected and collaborative, with over 5,000 national partners and over 200 international research agreements.

From what could be the world’s first malaria vaccine—now at human trial stage—to the first photo of a single atom’s shadow, Griffith researchers are at the forefront of discovery. Analysis of Excellence in Research for Australia 2018 found 99% of our research outputs were returned in disciplines rated at world standard or above. Working in our world-class research centres, institutes and schools, our researchers are driven to better understand our world and improve people’s lives. With research expertise spanning everything from violence prevention to lowering the cost of health care to using quantum physics for cybersecurity to protecting our fragile coastlines, Griffith researchers are tackling some of the big questions of the day.

Explore multidisciplinary collaborations with researchers across our 30+ research centres and institutes, exploring extensive varied discipline areas. Learn from more than 1,700 experts across a broad range of disciplines who will help you pursue your research interests. We're building research and teaching infrastructure based on areas of strategic priority. With $320 million being invested in campus developments over the next five years, you'll benefit from world-class research and teaching facilities.

Research Areas

From what could be the world’s first malaria vaccine - now at human trial stage - to the first photo of a single atom’s shadow, Griffith researchers are at the forefront of discovery. Working in our world-class research centres, institutes and schools, our researchers are driven to better understand our world and improve people’s lives. Our research strengths span a broad spectrum of areas, from chronic diseases to criminology and Asian politics to the arts.

  • Water science
  • Drug discovery and infectious diseases
  • Asian politics, security and development
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Criminology and crime prevention
  • Music, the Arts and the Asia Pacific
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Health and chronic diseases
  • Physical sciences
  • Environmental sciences
  • Nursing
  • Education

Current research projects offered by the Griffith Sciences Faculty can be found here.

Funding

  • The GOstralia! Research Centre in cooperation with Griffith University award exclusive PhD full tution fee scholarships open to all faculties. More information
  • More funding information and application deadline available here.
  • Prospective students can apply for scholarships for research study, or competitive grants as a professional researcher. More information
Exclusive PhD full tution fee scholarships for GOstralia!-GOzealand! students

Das GOstralia! Research Centre vergibt in Zusammenarbeit mit der Griffith University zwei exklusive PhD-Vollstipendien für eine Promotion mit Studienstart 2023. Das Stipendium deckt die kompletten Studiengebühren für eine 3,5-jährige Promotion sowie die Lebenshaltungskosten für den genannten Zeitraum. Die Bewerbung für Studienplatz und Stipendium läuft ausschließlich über das GOstralia! Research Centre. Die Ausschreibung richtet sich an Bewerber:innen mit sehr guten Studienleistungen, die ihre internationale Forschungskarriere mit einer Promotion an einer der angesehensten Universitäten Australiens voranbringen möchten.

Zielgruppe: Studierende mit Master- oder äquivalentem Abschluss (Diplom, Magister,…) aller Fachbereiche

Dauer: 7 Semester

Umfang: Komplette Studiengebühren + Lebenshaltungskosten in Höhe von ca. 28.854 AUD pro Jahr + OSHC Krankenversicherung (Single, Dual oder Family Cover)

Bewerbungsfrist: Vollständige Bewerbungsunterlagen einzureichen bis 6. September 2022

Studienstart: Zwischen 1. Februar 2023 und 30. April 2023

Research Projects

GU Projects

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University:Griffith University
Faculty:Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution (ARCHE)
Project Start Date:30.09.2022
Application Deadline:12.08.2022
Supervisor Name:Associate Professor Julien Louys, Email: j.louys@griffith.edu.au
Location (City/Campus):Brisbane/Nathan Campus
Project Description:

We are currently looking for a PhD candidate to analyse the unique fossil assemblages of the underwater caves of the Mt Gambier region. The Mt Gambier deposits are the only caves in Australia to preserve in exquisite detail the remains of Australia’s megafauna, as well as numerous other taxa, in flooded settings. The primary focus of this role is to undertake research in the palaeontology, taphonomy, and ecology of the fossil remains from excavated underwater deposits and new material from previously unstudied underwater fossil localities. This project includes field, museum, and laboratory work. Success in this role requires collaboration with the Cave Divers Association of Australia, the South Australian Museum, the University of Adelaide, and the University of Queensland.

This project will be undertaken through the Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution (ARCHE). ARCHE is a world leader in research and education on all aspects of human evolutionary studies. We provide a dynamic and cooperative research environment that seeks to understand how humans and their societies across the globe evolved over time. We emphasise the study of the biological and cultural evolution of humans and our place in the natural world, with a growing focus on Australia, Asia, and the Pacific.

Funding Information:

The 2022 Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship has an annual stipend of $28,854 (indexed) for a period of up to three years of full-time study.

A successful International applicant will also be awarded a Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to cover tuition fees for up to three years.

Special Requirements:

The selection of applicants for the award of higher degree research scholarships at Griffith University involves consideration of your academic merit and research background. To be successful within this role, you will be able to combine field and laboratory studies with analytical skills. You will have evidence of a passion for palaeontology, with a strong desire to undertake research in biology and geology.

Expressions of interest are welcome from domestic and international applicants.
Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete, a bachelors degree with honours equivalent to first class honours or a Masters degree (AQF Level 9) incorporating a significant research component of a standard comparable to a bachelor honours degree or be regarded by Griffith University as having an equivalent level of attainment in accordance with Schedule One of the HDR Scholarship Policy. For further information on the eligibility requirements for the program refer here.
Please note:

A background in scuba diving is desired.

Additional Information:

All expressions of interest must be submitted to j.louys@griffith.edu.au containing:

Statement addressing your suitability for the project/scholarship
Evidence that you have completed a program with the required grades as detailed in the about you section
A curriculum vitae (CV)
Names of two referees
The closing date for expressions of interest is: [5 pm AEST, Friday, 12, August, 2022]

The preferred applicant will then be invited to apply for the program and scholarship on-line.

Categories : PhD Earth Sciences | PhD Bio, Chemie | GU Projects
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University:Griffith University
Faculty:Institute for Glycomics | Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery (GRIDD) | Menzies Health Institute Queensland (MHIQ)
Project Start Date:depending on project
Application Deadline:depending on project
Supervisor Name:various supervisors across different projects (see below)
Location (City/Campus):Gold Coast Campus
Project Description:

We are offering two PhD scholarships to work across two of Griffith University’s flagship Biomedical Research Institutes on exciting projects which are aimed at targeting infectious disease, neurodegenerative disease, and cancer to improve human health. All projects are co-supervised by Researchers from Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery (GRIDD), Menzies Health Institute Queensland (MHIQ) and Institute for Glycomics. The projects are:

  • Characterisation of gene expression and virulence factors in bacterial otopathogens
  • Polarised trafficking of viruses in infectious and neurodegenerative diseases
  • Saliva multi-omics for early detection of head and neck cancer
  • Improving delivery of therapeutic drugs to improve patient outcomes
  • Developing novel molecular probes to target neurodegenerative diseases
  • New drug leads for malaria that act on novel parasite targets
  • Unravelling the synergistic effect of genetic variants associated with schizophrenia using genome editing methods
  • Development of PROTACs as anti-virals

For more information about the projects and the supervisory team go to Griffith Experts

Funding Information:

The 2022 Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship has an annual stipend of $28,854 (indexed) for a period of up to three years of full-time study.

A successful International applicant will also be awarded a Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to cover tuition fees for up to three years.

Special Requirements:

The selection of applicants for the award of higher degree research scholarships at Griffith University involves consideration of your academic merit and research background. To be successful within this role, you must be able to develop technical laboratory skills, as well as skills in research methodology, data analysis, and scientific writing. You should also have evidence of a passion for Science, with a strong desire to undertake research in the area of Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, Cell Biology.

Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete, a Bachelors degree with honours (H1 or H1 equivalent (H1E)) or a Masters Degree by Research in a related field (e.g. microbiology, molecular biology, immunology, biochemistry, pharmacy, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry) and have a strong motivation to pursue a PhD degree.

Expressions of interest are welcome from domestic and international applicants able to start this year.

Applicants must have excellent writing abilities, and be able to work effectively within a multidisciplinary and international research team.

Additional Information:

Interested applicants should submit and expression of interest (EOI) to the supervisor of the project you are interested in (please see 'About us' section) containing:

  • Statement addressing your suitability for the project/scholarship
  • A brief CV
  • Academic Transcript
  • Name and contact details of two references. It is advisable that at least one of the referees has direct knowledge of your laboratory and other skills, for example previous Honours or Masters supervisor or employer.

The closing date for expressions of interest is 11:59pm on 19 March 2022. Late applications can be accepted if no suitable candidate has not been found yet. Please get in contact with relevant supervisor if you are interested and fit the profile.  

The preferred applicant will then be invited to apply on-line.

Categories : PhD Health Sciences | PhD Bio, Chemie | GU Projects

Testimonials

"It was always my dream to study both Psychology and Criminology. In my own country [Germany], there was only one university offering this degree. So, when I started to search for universities, Griffith immediately stood out as the School of Criminology is internationally recognised and in the top 5%. This was the reason I applied to Griffith initially, but I chose Griffith because there was simply no other university that made me feel so welcome and appreciated as Griffith did from the very first moment of contact."

Natalja Nabinger de Diaz, PhD Candidate, School of Applied Psychology

"I just wanted to keep following the thread and see where it leads me. I've had opportunities to meet and learn from so many amazing people who are experts in their fields, both from within the Institute and outside through collaborations. Most of all though, it's the students and supervisors who have made my experience so great. This is a wonderful place to do your postgraduate degree. I would recommend it to anybody who is planning on pursuing their Higher Degree by Research, especially if you are interested in the chemistry behind drug discovery.”
Maria Addellyn Kasherman, PhD Candidate, Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery (GRIDD)

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