Research students for hire – invest in tourism

The tourism landscape is constantly changing and new consumer trends emerging. Business innovation is critical. Do you have the market intelligence and insight to stay ahead of the competition?

Do you have a challenge or issue that requires deeper investigation to find the answer? Are you planning to enter a new market or develop a new experience?

If so, then this is a great opportunity for you to work with a PhD researcher over a three-year period to conduct research and find a solution.

Griffith Institute for Tourism is currently seeking industry partners to cooperatively work on PhD research projects. Griffith University is Australia’s leading tourism university, ranked #1 in Australia and #2 in the world for tourism and hospitality in the most recent Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

It is one of only two universities in Australia to receive the highest rating of ERA 5 from the Australian Research Council, indicating tourism research at Griffith University is well above world standards.

Your investment in the scholarship is $29,000 per year for three years, as well as, a commitment to work with the PhD researcher and two PhD-qualified academic supervisors to shape the project to achieve your goals.

Tuition fees for Australian domestic students are funded by the Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP) Fee Offset Scholarship. This means that domestic students are exempt from paying tuition fees to undertake their PhD.

Griffith University will recruit and host the PhD researcher, working closely with you. Key areas of expertise include: market analysis and intelligence, visitor travel behaviour, sustainability tools, tackling climate change, visitor statistics, economic modelling, new technologies, innovation in business strategy, operations and practices, event management, workforce development, real estate and property, tax reform, policy analysis plus lots more.

You may also qualify for the Australian Government Research and Development Tax Incentive (R&D Tax Incentive or R&DTI) to help offset the cost of this investment:

These scholarships are also a great way to invest in building the intellectual capital of Australia’s tourism industry to be a world leader in tourism through cutting-edge thinking and innovation. 

Tourism creates opportunities, but also challenges. Griffith Institute for Tourism provides innovative solutions to help businesses, destinations and communities understand and plan for a sustainable tourism future.

Please contact Associate Professor Sarah Gardiner, Director of the Griffith Institute for Tourism to find out more and discuss your requirements. Email:

Source: Griffith Institute of Tourism

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