Graduate Research School

Situated within the Research and Innovation Division, the Graduate Research School (GRS), led by the Dean, Professor Peter Terry has responsibility for all researcher development  and training initiatives (ReDTrain), recruitment and admissions, and coordination of industry internships. The GRS also provides support structures for all Higher Degree by Research (HDR) programs, prospective and current candidates and supervisory teams, affiliated organisational units and thesis examiners.

The globally-focused GRS provides an efficient one-stop shop for all HDR matters and you are encouraged to contact the GRS if you require assistance. The GRS plays an important role within the University's research environment by providing high standards of graduate research administration that contributes to the successful learning outcomes for its HDR students.

Support services

  • advice on how to apply for an HDR program
  • management of application for HDR admissions
  • confirmation of candidature processes
  • monitoring of enrolment
  • management and provision of information on research scholarships
  • coordination of industry internships
  • management of student progression within an HDR program including biannual progress reporting
  • management of the examination of theses.
  • research development and training (ReDTrain) initiatives and events

How to contact the Graduate Research School


The GRS also works closely with Research Librarians and the Learning Advisor (HDR) and consultations are available at any point during your research degree -

The English Angels Program, facilitated by Dr Barbara Harmes, offers one-on-one support for International HDR students.  The focus is the development of academic English during the doctoral studies.  Email Barbara at


USQ Toowoomba
Level 3, Q Block
West Street, 
University of Southern Queensland
Toowoomba Qld 4350


+61 7 46311088

Connect with other Higher Degree by Research students

Visit our facebook page (closed group for enrolled USQ HDR students).

The HDR Forum is worth bookmarking as messages are displayed and useful resources can be accessed. All HDR announcement are circulated via this forum – all enrolled HDR students have automatic access to this.

The Postgraduate and Early Career Research (PGECR) group is a community of people who are interested in designing and conducting research, and in publishing and disseminating that research. We are committed to supporting and facilitating one another to conduct and publish research across multiple disciplines, methods and paradigms. All research students and early-career researchers are very welcome to attend the fortnightly (one-hour) meetings (in person or online). We also welcome mid-career researchers and more experienced researchers to the group. As well as meeting regularly, we hold two research symposia each year, and we also provide opportunities for editing and contributing to reportable edited books and edited special theme issues of peer-reviewed journals. For further information please email: