Automotive Engineering Graduate Program

9.45am Wednesday 17 Oct 2018

The Automotive Engineering Graduate Program provides funding to universities to deliver stipends and research support through existing research programs for post graduate students to undertake industry-based projects in areas of knowledge priorities for automotive engineering. Applications close 7 December 2018 5:00 pm AEDT.

The objective of the program is to help automotive businesses grow, improve productivity and be globally competitive by increasing the pipeline of high quality graduate engineers into Australia’s automotive engineering sector. The program will develop job-ready graduate engineers with skills and experience that match future automotive industry requirements.

A summary of the program is available below. For full details, please read the Guidelines, Knowledge Prioirty Areas, and Sample Grant Agreement attached at the bottom of this page.

Please notify RIO ( by 5 November 2018 if you wish to apply.


The program provides universities with grants of between $200,000 and $1 million to deliver stipends and research support for post graduate students to undertake industry-based projects in areas of knowledge priorities for automotive engineering.

  • The minimum grant amount is $200,000.
  • The maximum grant amount is $1 million.
  • The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs.
  • Projects must be completed by 30 June 2021.

To be eligible you must:

  • be a higher education provider listed at Table A or B of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 and
  • offer student research programs related to automotive engineering knowledge priorities as listed in Appendix B of the grant opportunity guidelines.

Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and can include:

  • provision of stipends to support post graduate students undertaking industry-based projects that provide industry experience in areas of knowledge priority for automotive engineering
  • use of facilities to undertake research outside of the university
  • activities that support delivery of your project, for example activities to engage automotive industry partners to support student projects.

Please read the grant guidelines attached at the bottom of this page for full details.


To apply, you must submit your application through the online portal. You will need to set up an account when you first log into the portal.

If your application is successful, you will receive a written offer. If you are unsuccessful, you will be notified in writing and given the opportunity to discuss the outcome.

Successful applicants must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments. Payments will be received according to an agreed schedule set out in the grant agreement. Payments are subject to satisfactory progress on the project. A minimum of 5 per cent of the total grant funding is set aside for the final payment.This will be payed when you submit a satisfactory final report.

For more information, please see Automotive Engineering Graduate Program

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