Candidate Development Award (CDA)


Enrolment status Currently enrolled students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area All study areas
HDR funding type Travel Scholarship
Scholarship value Up to $5000
Opening date 5 August 2019
Closing date 25 August 2019
Date scholarship is awarded 25 October 2019

Scholarship description

The Candidate Development Award (CDA) is an award focusing on the broader development skills of HDR students – skills that are transferable, 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 $5000 is available, with justification.

Research-specific activities, such as lab visits, or visits to co-supervisors, are not supported.


To be eligible, you must: 

  • be a confirmed HDR candidate at the time of application
  • not have submitted your thesis at the time of travel
  • 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
  • not have previously held a UQ Graduate School International Travel Award (GSITA) or Candidate Development Award (CDA). Other travel grants are acceptable.

The Candidate Development Award (CDA) supports development activities and associated travel costs for UQ Research Students.

Applications are closed.

Before you apply

If this scholarship has rules, download and read them before applying.

How to apply

Before submitting your application, read the application guide (PDF, 285KB)

To submit your application, apply through my.UQ using the CDA form after applications open. You will need to attach:

Important dates

Event Date
Information session (register via Student Hub - CLOSED) Monday 17 July 2019
Applications open Monday 5 August 2019
Last day for HDR candidates to submit application through my.UQ Sunday 25 August 2019
Last day for Principal Advisor to approve application through my.UQ Sunday 1 September 2019
Announcement of the outcome of the round Friday 25 October 2019
Earliest date for travel departure / commencement of activity Friday 1 November 2019
Latest date for travel departure / commencement of activity Saturday 31 July 2020

Link to recording of information session held in March 2019. The eligibilty as well as T&Cs remain the same.

Selection criteria

Travel should support one or more of the following:

  • Professional development opportunity 
    • This may include a Summer or Winter Research school, course or workshop.
    • Supporting Evidence: You must provide details of the activity such as a program and/or evidence of registration. 
  • Placement 
    • The Graduate School defines a placement as an industry experience with a project that spans between 30-40 working days (attend an info session).
    • Research visits or collaborations at universities will not be supported.
    • Supporting Evidence: You must have a letter of offer or email trail from the host organisation or other evidence, and have a Graduate School approved Project Brief submitted with your application.
  • Industry experience
    • Time spent in an industry, government, or non-governmental organisation for less than 30 working days. 
    • Supporting Evidence: You must have a letter of offer or email trail from the host organisation or other evidence.

Activities such as visits to co-supervisors, or data collection/field work/thesis experiments are not supported.

Preference will be given to students who have completed at least one of the Career Development Framework sessions below: 

  • Networking Workshop
  • Career Strategy Workshop 
  • Communicating in a Global Environment Workshop (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 or Career Control for Researchers would be considered a suitable substitute. You can generate a free Statement of Completion from edX; you do not need to pay for a verified certificate.

Applications are closed.


Graduate School
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Applications are closed.

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. Retroactive 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. Note: payment of award may take up to four (4) weeks to be processed.
  • Applicants must seek approval for the proposed activities and travel from their Principal Advisor before submitting an application.
  • All travel must demonstrate a contiguous and coherent itinerary of activities. For instance, multiple disjointed journeys will not be considered.
  • Applicants are responsible for arranging appropriate UQ travel insurance.
  • Funding cannot be used to undertake an activity and travel that is essential to the completion of the thesis. This includes travel to meet with members of a candidate’s advisory team.
  • Applicants who intend to travel immediately before, or at the time a milestone is due, must have requested an extension to the milestone prior to submission of the CDA application. 
  • Applicants must not arrange travel to take place after thesis submission. Once the thesis is submitted, candidates are no longer eligible. 
  • Travel must take place within 9 months of the date of the award.
  • Any unspent funds must be returned to the Graduate School.
  • Successful applicants must submit a Report on Travel 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.

Applications are closed.