The Cooperative Education for Enterprise Development (CEED) program creates academic research projects for students sponsored by Public, Private and Not-for-Profit Enterprises. The project topics are defined by the Client. They are real projects that address real issues and delivering outcomes that enhance Client operations.

CEED was founded at UWA in 1989 and has since seen over 550 CEED scholars successfully complete their projects. In 2016, Pro Bono projects for not-for-profit (charitable) organisations were introduced. In 2017, CEED projects at Curtin University were offered for the first time (for selected partners), and in 2023, we are pleased to debut the Employee Project Model which is described below.


The CEED program offers two model types;

– Standard Project Model
– Employee Project Model

Throughout the academic year, scholars will continue to work on the project with their client mentor and academic supervisor, submit assessments as per their research units, and present the agreed deliverables to the Client at the end of the project.

Standard Project ModelEmployee Project Model
The Client Project Model is for students that are interested in gaining invaluable industry exposure with a client, by undertaking a research project that aligns with their interest and specialisation.

This model is comprised of 2 project types; Full and Three-Quarter (3/4).

The Employee Project Model is for students who are have already immersed themselves in the operation of an enterprise and wish to be sponsored by their employer while undertaking a research project.

Full CEED Projects:
- Project Fee: $18,000*
- Studentship: $10,000*
- Students spend 8 weeks onsite with the client during the university vacation periods.

Three-Quarter (3/4) Projects:
- Project Fee: $13,500*
- Studentship: $7,500*
- Students do not undertake onsite work with the client.

*Projects incur an additional 35% if the client owns 100% of the Intellectual Property (IP)
Project Fees:
Shared IP (50/50 split) - $3,200
100% IP (Client Ownership) - $4,200

Scholars will not receive a studentship throughout the duration of the project, however, they will continue to receive renumeration from the employer while maintaining their work commitments.

• Must be a final year honours, Masters by Coursework degree, or HDR (PhD) student.
• Open to domestic, international, full time and part time students.
• Masters by Coursework students must reserve 12 credit points in order to undertake Research Unit 1 and 2 over the course of 2 semesters.
• Note; students who have already completed their first Research Project Unit, are not eligible.
• Those listed under ‘Standard Project Model’
• Students are engaged with a client as a
- Employee
- Cadet
- Scholarship holder
• Student will receive payment from the client greater than $10,000 over the term of the project (during the semester) - separate from any payments for vacation internship/placement.
• Are/will be undertaking a project that relates to the business/operations of the client

Project Expenses incurred by UWA (consumables, materials, workshop time, equipment//laboratory access fees, access fee for professional software licenses) will be passed on to the client without overhead, subject to the client authorising the expenditures in advance in writing.


By engaging through CEED, clients gain access to the CEED Office’s usual customer service and our streamlined process and agreements, facilitating management of confidentiality and intellectual property.

YESScholars can access University facilities and resources (including professional software licenses)
YESLiability Insurance
YESStudent Placement Insurance
YESUWA Student Placement Insurance: ‘Standard Project Model’
NOUWA Student Placement Insurance: ‘Employee Project Model’
How it works:

CEED scholars participate in an induction that prepares them for the successful execution of the project. They will also prepare a project brief, submit monthly progress reports, engage in training activities, participate in student recruitment events, and present agreed deliverables to the client. In addition to these obligations, CEED scholars are to write a paper and present their work at the annual CEED seminar. The seminar is an important part of the development of the CEED scholar. Scholars receive a unique opportunity to present to a diverse audience of academic and industry professionals and have their work (proceedings) published on the CEED website. It also provides a window into the work done by the CEED program. You can view previous CEED seminar proceedings via this link:

Projects may be offered in any discipline that has an appropriate research project units. As such, scholars must be enrolled and meet all obligations of those units.

Over the years, we have developed a streamlined process and standard agreements to make setting up a CEED project a simple matter of identifying the topic, client support staff (project mentor), and participating in the interview process. The CEED team will work with you to identify academic supervision at the university, advertise the project, and coordinate the appointment process of the successful scholar.

For more information, please reach out to the CEED Director Dr Jeremy Leggoe (08 6488 7315 or to start your CEED journey today!