What are CEED Research Projects?

CEED projects are academic research projects for students sponsored by Public, Private and Not-for-Profit Enterprises. The projects are defined by the Client, and deal with matters of immediate business value. CEED projects are real projects, with real outcomes, and have the potential to significantly enhance Client operations.

The CEED scholar completes the project as part of their academic research project unit (not placement) appropriate for their discipline.

“Full” projects receive full credit (8 weeks) towards Professional Practicum hours, while “3/4” projects will receive partial credit (4 weeks).

In conventional projects, CEED scholars will also receive a lucrative studentship, however at UWA we offer pro-bono projects with not-for-profit organisations (recognised by the McCusker Centre for Citizenship) for which there is no studentship.

CEED Projects are currently offered at the University of Western Australia and Curtin University (Woodside Energy is the sole sponsor for Curtin Projects at this time).

An Opportunity to Develop your Career

Taking a CEED project offers a unique opportunity to prepare for your graduate career. You will participate in a CEED Induction, designed specifically to develop your professional and research skills. You will present a report on your project to a diverse professional and academic audience at the Annual CEED Seminar, as well as presenting to colleagues at the Client enterprise.

CEED scholars will gain valuable experience working with one of our industry partners, which in turn will improve your career prospects after you graduate. Completing a CEED project will help get you noticed!

Expert Supervision and Access to Business Experts

Each CEED scholar will be assigned an academic supervisor (or supervisors) with expertise relevant to the project. You will also have a client mentor to keep you connected with the client enterprise and will have the opportunity to network with client staff.

In “Full” projects, scholars will spend 8 weeks on site working on the project during the vacation period (there is no vacation requirement for “3/4” projects). Throughout the project however, all scholars will continue to meet regularly with the client and academic supervisors. This will help to maintain communication, receive guidance and to ensure you remain on track with your deliverables.

Project Models for All Disciplines and Research Unit Levels

Projects may be offered at the Bachelors (Honours), Masters by Coursework Thesis, Supervised Research Project in Law, Masters by Research and PhD Levels. Noting that Bachelor students must be enrolled in their final Honours year to eligible.

Projects may be undertaken in any discipline that has a suitable research project unit (not placement) and may start in either first or second semester. Applicants should also be ready to enrol in their respective research unit before applying.

The CEED program is open to both Domestic and International students who reside locally around Perth, WA.


The selection process for CEED projects is competitive – after applying for the project, shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by the client and the academic supervisor. Shortly after a decision has been made, all applicants will then be notified via email regarding the status of their application.