The CDA is a new award focusing on the broader development skills of HDR students – skills which are transferrable, cross-disciplinary, and professional. These skills will enhance employment opportunities after the degree.
In order to be eligible for a CDA, you must:
- be a confirmed RHD candidate at the time of application.
- be enrolled full-time at UQ (part-time students are eligible to apply but must be enrolled full time while overseas).
- have no overdue milestone at the time of application.
- complete your travel before the Thesis Review milestone.
- not have previously held a UQ Graduate School International Travel Award (GSITA) or Candidate Development Award (CDA). Other travel grants are acceptable.
About the award
The Candidate Development Award (CDA) is a new award focusing on the broader development skills of HDR students – skills which are transferrable, cross-disciplinary, and professional. These skills will enhance employment opportunities after the degree.
The CDA supports development activities and associated travel costs for UQ HDR Students. Up to $5,000 is available, with justification.
Research specific activities, such as lab visits, or visits to co-supervisors, are not supported.
Travel should support one or more of the following:
- Professional Development Opportunity
- This may include a Summer or Winter Research School, a course, a career or development focused conference.
- Supporting Evidence: You must provide details of the activity such as a program and/or evidence of registration.
- A Placement
- Placements are 30 days or more in an industry, government, or non-governmental organisation.
- Supporting Evidence: You must have a letter of offer or email trail from the host organisation or other evidence.
- Conference Presentations
- Supporting Evidence: A letter of acceptance to present.
Research specific activities such as lab visits, or visits to co-supervisors, are not supported.
Preference will be given to students who have completed at least one of the Career Development Framework sessions below:
- Career Control for Researchers - online course
- Networking Workshop - next session 20 April
- Career Strategy Workshop - next session 12 July
- Communicating in a Global Environment Workshop - next session 10 April (this session was previously called 'Developing a global perspective: Communicating across cultures', so there is no need to complete both)
- If you are a remote student, or enrolled at the Gatton Campus, the Working in Teams edX course would be considered a suitable substitute. You will need a verified certificate as evidence, the cost of which can be negotiated with the UQ Graduate School by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terms and conditions
Read the following terms and conditions carefully.
- Any changes to the destination, purpose, or dates of travel requires prior approval from the Graduate School. Failure to obtain the approval may forfeit the award. Retrospective changes will not be approved.
- Departure must be no earlier than one week after the outcome of the round is announced, as retrospective funding will not be approved.
- Applicants must seek approval for the proposed activities and travel from their Principal Supervisor before submitting an application.
- Applicants are responsible for arranging appropriate UQ travel insurance.
- Funding cannot be used to undertake activities and travel that is essential to the completion of the thesis. This includes travel to meet with members of a candidate’s advisory team.
- Travel must be completed before the Thesis Review milestone. Applicants who intend to travel immediately before, or at the time the milestone is due, may be required to submit an application for an extension to the milestone on research-related grounds.
- Any unspent funds must be returned to the Graduate School.
- Successful applicants must submit a report, and a reconciled budget with scanned copies of airfare and accommodation receipts to the Graduate School within one month of their return.
- Applicants must demonstrate that additional funds are available to supplement the award, if required.
Incomplete applications will not be considered; applicants are responsible for providing the required documentation and the Graduate School will not follow up with individuals.
How to apply
You will apply through my.UQ using the CDA form.
As part of your application you are required to submit the following documents:
- completed CDA application form signed by your Principal Advisor
- completed CDA budget
- evidence to support your application including:
- a quote for your largest expenditure (for example airfare);
- other supporting documents to evidence your engagement in activities (for example letters of admission to workshops, acceptance of abstract for conference presentation, letters of invitation for a placement).
All supporting documents must be combined into one .pdf and uploaded as part of the application process.