APR.Intern can lead to priceless partnerships and relationships. PhDs unlock the innovation potential, and provide an alternative, cost-effective solution for challenges facing Australian businesses today. The program provides a platform for big business, SMEs and government agencies to connect with high-end PhD research expertise through short-term 3-5 month tightly focused and results driven projects.

The program connects Australia’s biggest problem solvers from a range of disciplines, enhancing the postgraduate experience of students by giving them the opportunity to apply their research skills within an industry context.

Having placed postgraduate students across all study disciplines and business sectors, APR.Intern is Australia’s leading PhD internship program.



Quick outcomes through high impact research projects


All project-related IP remains with the business


Accelerate women in STEM


Access specialist PhD students & academic mentor expertise to fast track innovation


No HR costs, all facilitation by APR.Intern


APR.Intern currently draws PhD interns from all universities in Australia.

In 2017, APR.Intern partnered with the Australian Government’s Department of Education to focus program expansion across the nation, developing a wider range of industry connections for the benefit of their PhD students.

APR.Intern also creates strategic partnerships with other groups for mutually beneficial outcomes. Visit the Partnerships tab at the top of this website to see the partnerships we have available at present.


Typically, internships are completed within 3-5 months. A member of the APR.Intern team will work with you to scope the project, then seek suitable students from our university network for you to interview and select. Once selected, all parties get together to refine the project plan and come to an agreement.


The total costs of an APR.Intern project are laid out below:

  • $3,000 per month is received by the student as a stipend for the duration of the internship
  • $5,500 is paid to the academic mentor for their participation in the project
  • $5,500 is paid to APR.Intern for administration of the internship and case-management

Additional Funding


Organisations may be eligible for the R&D tax rebate and sector specific vouchers, which significantly reduces the total cost of the project.


Industry partners can also access state government funding schemes where available, usually for small to medium enterprises (SMEs). Please check directly with funding bodies for eligibility criteria and application processes.


APR.Intern has partnership models which sometimes include funding for companies that meet eligibility criteria. From 2017-2020 the National Research Internships Program will offer a 50% rebate for eligible internships.


Available Rebates and Vouchers


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How are projects developed?

The industry partner identifies a challenge requiring the expertise of an APR.Intern, this challenge is then developed into a project by the intern, mentor and industry partner.

How long are projects?

Project duration is 3–5 months depending on the nature of the project.

How are the projects funded?

Funding Model 1 – Eligible for State Government Funding
This model is only for small-to-medium size enterprise through accessing a State Government Rebate. Rebate arrangements and eligibility criteria differ greatly in each state. Please contact one of the APR.Intern team members for a detailed conversation.

Funding Model 2 – Eligible for funding through an APR.Intern Partnership
Some APR.Intern partnership arrangements offer financial support for eligible businesses that wish to participate in the program. Current partnerships are listed on this website under the Partnerships tab, along with eligibility criteria and a direct contact person for further information.

Funding Model 3 – Not Eligible for Government Funding (Fully Funded Model)
This model is suitable for small-to-medium and large enterprises and government agencies where no other funding model is applicable.
Industry partners pay all three components of the internship costs:

• $3,000 per month to the student for the duration of the internship
• $5,500 to the Academic Mentor for their participation in the program
• $5,500 to APR.Intern for administrative costs of project management

* Private companies may be able to claim the total cost against the R&D rebate at a rate of 45 cents in the dollar

What is the working arrangement between the student and the industry partner?

The primary aim of the program is for the student to gain relevant professional training and skills within a workplace setting, relating to their area of study. Students do not undertake day-to-day commercial activities, but focus on a short term, self-contained research project related to their field of study. There is no employment contract between the student and the industry partner and as such the student is not held to obligations whilst undertaking the internship. Students remain enrolled at the university whilst completing the internship and receive a scholarship, not a hourly rate. The project contract outlines that the industry partner is under no obligation to create an employment relationship with the student and that the primary purpose of the internship is for the intern’s educational purposes.

What is the program’s policy regarding confidentiality and disclosure?

We support the creation of confidentiality and non‑disclosure agreements between participating parties providing the reasonable rights of interns and their mentors are maintained. It is important that these agreements don’t impair the ability of academic mentors or interns to publish their results or for a student to complete his/her thesis. In some instances, these agreements can call for delays in the period before which publications should take place.

What is APR.Intern’s policy regarding Intellectual Property (IP)?

APR.Intern makes no claim whatsoever to IP. Ownership of Project Intellectual Property created during the project will vest upon its creation in the Industry Partner.

Can our industry contribution be “in-kind”?

There are no in-kind options with this program.

Can the industry partner be outside of Australia?

The eligibility of a foreign company to participate in the scheme will be considered on a case‑by‑case basis.

Do I get to choose the APR.Intern Student?

Yes, all industry partners ultimately have the final say in which student and academic mentor they wished to work with.