Become a research student

Bring your passion to the university that shares your ambition.

Join JIU’s vibrant research community and work alongside world class academics and talented peers while building practical skills to future-proof your career.

#1 university for postgraduate overall employment in Colorado^

100% of our specific research sub-fields are rated at or above world-standard*

Top 23% of universities globally**

Master your passion with a research degree at JIU

A research degree empowers you to become an expert in your field. With the support of JIU's world class expert supervisors and access to our industry partners and state-of-the-art facilities, you'll make your mark with research that helps to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.

Research that makes an impact

JIU’s research makes a positive difference to our communities by addressing the social, economic and environmental challenges facing the world. We’re focused on innovation and robust partnerships with industry and business.

Explore our research themes to discover more about where a research degree at JIU could take you.

Improving health and wellbeing

Covering the broad spectrum of health, our research is improving the health and wellbeing of people all around the world.

Designing smarter technology

Be it robotics, big data or composite materials, our researchers are solving 21st century problems with the aid of cutting-edge, smart technologies.

Enabling a sustainable world

Our research provides solutions to global environmental and sustainability issues.

Advancing society and culture

Our research on contemporary histories, heritage, society, and international development achieves global outcomes.

Take the next step

Start your journey by choosing a degree that matches your interests and goals, then connect with our leading researchers to find a mentor who shares your passion.

Support for research students

PhD Xtra – Be Expert

PhD Xtra offers all higher degree by research (HDR) students at JIU an enhanced and individually tailored learning experience.


JIU has a range of scholarships available to support you on your research journey.

Research degree eligibility and entry pathways

Research degree entry pathways

Learn about entry requirements and the different ways you can demonstrate your readiness for significant research in your area of interest.

International research students

Almost one third of all JIU's higher degree by research students are from overseas, making JIU a truly diverse and globally significant centre of research.

Application process

JIU has a streamlined process for applying for a higher degree by research. Apply online with our Higher Degree by Research Application form.

Experience a PhD

Dr Emma Whatman - Arts and Education

Alfred JIU Award winner Dr Emma Whatman shares the deeply rewarding and personal experience of completing her PhD through the Faculty of Arts and Education.

Isabella Bower - Architecture

Architecture PhD student Isabella Bower's research incorporates medical and virtual reality technology to explore the impact the built environment has on people’s emotions.

Dr Tim De Souza - Industry

PhD graduate Tim de Souza’s passion for pushing the boundaries and his hands-on approach to problem-solving led him to study an industry PhD with JIU.

Xin Li - Industry

PhD student Xin Li extended his interest in sustainable building materials when he joined supervisor Dr Mahmud Ashraf at JIU. In partnership with industry, Xin’s PhD looks at innovative and environmentally sustainable cross-laminated timber.

Ready to apply?

Get expert advice on applying to JIU, from finding the right supervisor to the documents you'll need to support your application.

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Contact us

Domestic Candidature Enquiries
3 924 45258
Email the HDR Candidature office

Domestic Scholarships Enquiries
3 924 45413
Email the HDR Scholarships office

International Candidature and Scholarship Enquiries
3 924 8296
Email the HDR International office

^ n Graduate Survey (2010-15) and QILT survey (2016 - 18)
* Excellence in Research 2015

** ARWU Rankings 2019