About the program

Our PhD Experience Program is designed to expand quantum knowledge and provide career development, community building and networking opportunities to PhD students. The program features:


  • Coursework

    Explore the core themes of quantum science and technology from both a fundamental theory and a practical perspective. As an SQA PhD Experience student, you have access to a range of quantum technology coursework offerings across our partner universities.

  • Events

    Attend regular research seminars and development workshops designed to help you develop complementary skills such as entrepreneurship and career development strategies. Our events include student-led presentations, academic seminars, panel discussions, workshops and social events.

  • Networking

    During the program you’ll connect with other students, rising stars and world-leading academics from the Australian and international quantum tech community, gaining knowledge and contacts to take with you throughout your career.

How to enrol in the program

SQA PhD Scholarship recipients automatically gain access to the SQA PhD Experience Program. Students in relevant fields who are interested in participating can also join the program by submitting an EOI application for a non-stipend SQA PhD Experience Scholarship. Career development funding opportunities are available for all scholarships, subject to conditions for non-stipend scholarship holders.

Program highlights

  • Welcome nights and social events

    We hold welcome nights and end of semester events for students to socialise and network with the Sydney quantum community of PhD students and academics.

  • Seminars from leading quantum academics

    Our Seminars explore Sydney's cutting-edge quantum research, the different career pathways, and how to take advantage of Australia’s thriving quantum ecosystem.  

  • Expert panels

    Hear from leading quantum technology experts sharing insights into the current landscape and the future of quantum, and engage in a lively conversation.

  • Workshops

    Our workshops give student the tools to be competitive when entering the quantum workforce. Workshops cover professional skills such as pitching your ideas, leveraging social media platforms, and how to promote yourself when applying for jobs.

  • Hackathons

    We host tailored hackathons where students work together in multi-disciplinary groups to solve real-world problems and pitch their solutions to expert judges - including our hackathon in February 2022, with KPMG and Microsoft. 

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  • About our students

    Wondering what it’s like to become part of the Sydney quantum scene? Our PhD students share personal stories about their journey into quantum tech and what excites them about our program. Read more.

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SQA Student Committee

The SQA Student Committee plans, promotes and co-hosts events, and represent the student voice. It’s made up of 5 representatives, including Social & Engagement Representative, Career, Training & Industry Representative, Secretary/Deputy Chair, Quantum Tech Research Event Representative and Chair.

Extra opportunities for students

  • Internships

    Our internship program brings together talented students with industry organisations working in quantum technology space, offering paid work experience to help broaden your skill set.

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  • Outreach ambassadors

    SQA students with a passion for communication and representation can participate in our outreach ambassador program attending summer camps, careers nights, webinars, conferences and other events.

  • Industry events

    Our students can also attend industry-focused events such as the Quantum Innovators Network seminar series or Quantum Australia conference.

How to contact us

Have a question? Contact us at info@sydneyquantum.org or join our mailing list to be notified of news and opportunities.

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Images courtesy of the Australian National Fabrication Facility at UNSW and the University of Sydney.