How to find a supervisor

Current PhD candidates and supervisors provide some advice for choosing a supervisor for your PhD or research degree at Griffith University.

An effective working relationship between research candidates and their supervisors is crucial to the successful completion of every research candidature. You’ll need to find a supervisor who works in your area of interest by reviewing your potential supervisor’s profile to establish their:

  • Research interests
  • Academic background
  • Previous publications
  • Current research projects.

Once you’ve found a researcher whom you would like to work with, you’ll need to contact them directly to discuss your research proposal. It is crucial to look at the alignment between supervision and your project.

With over 1,400 experts conducting research across all major academic disciplines in schools, research institutes and centres, Griffith researchers provide multidisciplinary and practical solutions for industry, government and community.

Choosing your supervisor is one of the most important things you’ll need to do when applying for a PhD or research degree.

Griffith Academic Groups, Schools and Departments

View our Academic Groups and Schools/Departments to find researchers in your area of interest and to find out more about available supervisors.

If you need help finding a suitable supervisor, each research area has an research convenor who will be able to point you in the right direction of an academic staff member in your area of interest.

Research Centres and Institutes

Many excellent Griffith researchers work in our 30+ research centres and institutes.

Griffith Experts

Griffith Experts is a searchable database of all our academics. You can browse by topics, projects, publications and other key terms to find academics aligned to your area of interest.


In 2015 Donna received the Griffith University Vice Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award for Research Supervision.  In 2017 she was awarded a Commendation by the Australian Council of Graduate Research for Excellence in Graduate Research Supervision.

In my supervisory relationships, I intentionally build respectful, caring relationships as the foundation of quality supervision. From ensuring the partnership is right, to establishing reasonable agreed expectations; inspiring and motivating; and being willing to provide honest, timely and constructive guidance; quality postgraduate supervision is a complex but rewarding role academics are privileged to engage in.

Professor Donna Pendergast, Dean and Head, School of Education and Professional Studies