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Collaborative research opportunities at Griffith University open doors to greater innovation and discovery for our higher degree researchers, who are ready to think globally and discover new world solutions.

At Griffith, we undertake significant, socially relevant research with partners from across and beyond the University. This means you'll gain all the advantages of studying at a research-intensive university that fosters industry, community, government, national and international research collaborations—offering you a unique university experience. Griffith researchers are well connected and collaborative, with over 5,000 national partners and over 200 international research agreements.

From what could be the world’s first malaria vaccine—now at human trial stage—to the first photo of a single atom’s shadow, Griffith researchers are at the forefront of discovery. Analysis of Excellence in Research for Australia 2018 found 99% of our research outputs were returned in disciplines rated at world standard or above. Working in our world-class research centres, institutes and schools, our researchers are driven to better understand our world and improve people’s lives. With research expertise spanning everything from violence prevention to lowering the cost of health care to using quantum physics for cybersecurity to protecting our fragile coastlines, Griffith researchers are tackling some of the big questions of the day.

Explore multidisciplinary collaborations with researchers across our 30+ research centres and institutes, exploring extensive varied discipline areas. Learn from more than 1,700 experts across a broad range of disciplines who will help you pursue your research interests. We're building research and teaching infrastructure based on areas of strategic priority. With $320 million being invested in campus developments over the next five years, you'll benefit from world-class research and teaching facilities.

Research Areas

From what could be the world’s first malaria vaccine - now at human trial stage - to the first photo of a single atom’s shadow, Griffith researchers are at the forefront of discovery. Working in our world-class research centres, institutes and schools, our researchers are driven to better understand our world and improve people’s lives. Our research strengths span a broad spectrum of areas, from chronic diseases to criminology and Asian politics to the arts.

  • Water science
  • Drug discovery and infectious diseases
  • Asian politics, security and development
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Criminology and crime prevention
  • Music, the Arts and the Asia Pacific
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Health and chronic diseases
  • Physical sciences
  • Environmental sciences
  • Nursing
  • Education

Current research projects offered by the Griffith Sciences Faculty can be found here.


  • The GOstralia! Research Centre in cooperation with Griffith University award exclusive PhD full tution fee scholarships open to all faculties. More information
  • More funding information and application deadline available here.
  • Prospective students can apply for scholarships for research study, or competitive grants as a professional researcher. More information

Research Institutes

The Advanced Design Prototyping Technologies Institute ist currently looking for PhD candidates. Interested students can find more information on the Institute's website.
Students applying for projects can also apply for the GOstralia! Research Centre exclusive Scholarships. Conditions and dates for the scholarships can be found here.

Humans of Griffith

The Initiative Humans of Griffith highlights the diverse community that makes up Griffith University. In this series Griffith University shares the stories of students and researchers in their own words. Read about their experiences studying abroad, completing their degree and student life in general. Students like Ingo Janowski, who is completing his PhD in the Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management, share what made them choose their degree and what they most enjoy about studying at Griffith University. Read his story here


"It was always my dream to study both Psychology and Criminology. In my own country [Germany], there was only one university offering this degree. So, when I started to search for universities, Griffith immediately stood out as the School of Criminology is internationally recognised and in the top 5%. This was the reason I applied to Griffith initially, but I chose Griffith because there was simply no other university that made me feel so welcome and appreciated as Griffith did from the very first moment of contact."

Natalja Nabinger de Diaz, PhD Candidate, School of Applied Psychology

"I just wanted to keep following the thread and see where it leads me. I've had opportunities to meet and learn from so many amazing people who are experts in their fields, both from within the Institute and outside through collaborations. Most of all though, it's the students and supervisors who have made my experience so great. This is a wonderful place to do your postgraduate degree. I would recommend it to anybody who is planning on pursuing their Higher Degree by Research, especially if you are interested in the chemistry behind drug discovery.”
Maria Addellyn Kasherman, PhD Candidate, Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery (GRIDD)

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