PhD Scholarships at The University of Queensland School of Economics


The UQ School of Economics invites applications from highly talented and motivated students to its PhD program.


The UQ School of Economics PhD Program attracts the brightest and best students in Australia and abroad, preparing them for successful careers in academia, government and business.

The PhD program of the School of Economics is an umbrella for a one-year master degree and a 3-4 year PhD degree. Incoming students are accepted into the Master of Advanced Economics (MAdvEcon) degree, in which the first year of coursework is taken.  Successful completion of the MAdvEcon with a GPA of 5.5 or higher on the 7-point UQ scale then allows students to enrol into the PhD degree. Within the PhD degree, students take the second year of coursework before embarking on the completion of their thesis over the subsequent 2-3 years.


The UQ School of Economics is one of the largest, most influential and prestigious economics departments in Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

Across all major global rankings, UQ is consistently among the top 100 universities in the world. According to RePEc, UQ Economics ranks among the top 50 economics departments in the world. Its diverse research strengths span economic theory, applied economics and econometrics. The faculty consists of some of the foremost researchers and accomplished scholars in their specialisation, along with a growing cohort of exceptional junior academics. Our faculty consistently claim a disproportionate share of Australia’s economics honours, competitive research grants, prestigious fellowships and high-quality publications.


This program is designed for students with prior training in economics or a cognate discipline with a strong analytical/mathematical component, who wish to acquire the advanced skills needed to practice as a professional economist in the public or private sectors. Admission to the program is highly competitive and only outstanding candidates with exceptional research potential are selected.

For details on how to apply, please contact the School’s Senior Research and Research Higher Degrees Officer (


With a population of over two million people, Brisbane has been described as one of the most liveable cities in the world. It offers a vibrant, friendly and multicultural environment. Brisbane’s clear blue skies, warm sunny days and tropical ambience promote an outdoor lifestyle. As Australia’s third largest city, Queensland’s capital is a vibrant hub for visitors and locals alike.

UQ and the School of Economics reflect the multicultural aspect of the city with a high and ever increasing proportion of international students from all over the world. The School of Economics has 1200 students enrolled, including more than 450 international students from 48 countries. More information about UQ for international students, including the study environment, links to estimated living costs, support services, information for students with families can be found at

Area of Study or Research:

  • Economics

Application Requirements:

  • Personal data/curriculum vitae
  • English proficiency certificate
  • Transcript of records