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Industry Doctoral Training Centre

The Australian Technology Network's (ATN) Industry Doctoral Training Centre (IDTC), in collaboration with major business and industry organisations, offers an innovative Doctoral Program.

IDTC graduates are industry-ready, equipped with highly-developed communication and technical skills which underpin their future career success no matter where their journey takes them. Our students have or are working with some of Australia’s well recognised organisations, in sectors such as banking, mining and energy, government, and not-for-profit.
IDTC Nodes are located within each of the ATN universities: RMIT, University of Technology Sydney, QUT, Curtin University and University of South Australia.

Program summary

The first year of the program comprises taught courses, projects and group activities to give you a grounding in mathematics and statistics to develop skills and knowledge to industrial problems and identify your research.

The IDTC PhD program combines traditional independent research with:

  • collaborative real-life problem solving with your industry sponsor
  • a supervision and resource pool across the five universities of the ATN
  • coursework to develop your technical and professional skills
  • camaraderie and networking on a national level with other ATN IDTC students, program supervisors and industry.

On successful completion of the first year your candidature will be confirmed and progress your research project to a PhD in years 2-4 of the program.

You'll encounter commercial challenges, develop leading-edge research techniques and make an impact on real industrial and scientific applications.


The benefits of being a research student in the IDTC include:

  • developing the skills required to undertake research
  • receiving enhanced research top-up scholarships
  • learning how the mathematical sciences are fundamental to research in many industrial and scientific applications
  • undertaking research which makes a substantial impact on major industrial and scientific applications
  • collaborating directly with leading industry partners, creating real potential for rapid career progression
  • experiencing a unique, vibrant training environment at QUT
  • being part of an active and engaged learning group
  • developing vital transferable skills including entrepreneurship, leadership and management skills
  • working with internationally leading researchers with excellent research track records.

Who should consider the IDTC?

This type of doctoral research training is suitable for those seeking to answer a significant academic or industry-based question. Our students:

  • are of high calibre, who value challenging research as a tool to deliver outcomes
  • are eager to embrace and advance their knowledge and experience in non-technical skills such as problem solving, communication, teamwork, initiative and enterprise
  • will work over the four years of their PhD on either substantive long term projects or a series of inter-linked shorter projects.

Entry requirements

Selection for admission requires applicants have sufficient previous research training experience such as:

  • honours degree
  • research masters degree
  • coursework masters degree with a substantial research component
  • professional experience such as research publications, leading large industry-based projects, and writing and presenting substantial research reports.

Typically we expect students to meet the following requirements:

  • have completed an undergraduate degree with a substantial mathematical content, for example, mathematics, physics, computer science and engineering
  • expect to achieve in the coming year, or already hold, a first class honours degree (or equivalent demonstrated research experience).

English proficiency

If you're an international student, you will need to demonstrate your English language proficiency.


The IDTC will fully fund approximately 3 to 5 doctoral students per annum who commence with the Centre from 2012-2016. This funding includes a tax-free stipend, training and conference support as well as supporting travel and equipment costs.

Australian students

  • Scholarships valued up to $30,000 per annum (tax-free) are available for full-time research students.
  • Tuition fees for domestic students are covered by the Australian government through the Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset (Domestic).

International students

Living allowance

Scholarships valued up to $30,000 per annum (tax free) are available for international research students who are in receipt of a scholarship that covers their tuition fees.

Tuition fees

Please be aware that we cannot offer funding to international students to cover their tuition fees; however there are a number of scholarship opportunities that you can apply for separately. We strongly recommended that you apply for these as early as you can, even before submitting your application.

Alternatively, please email us to discuss suitability and possible funding options.

How to apply

Email the Industry Doctoral Training Centre with:

  • a one-page cover letter outlining your area of interest and expertise
  • a copy of your CV
  • a copy of your academic transcript.

We'll contact you with further details about how to apply and what research projects are available.


Industry Doctoral Training Centre

  • Postal address:
    ATN IDTC (Mathematics and Statistics)
    Level 6, O Block, 2 George St
    Brisbane QLD 4000