UQ and the Broncos work together both on and off the field to create change in communities all around Queensland. 

This partnership provides UQ staff and students with exclusive access to the Broncos elite athletes, high performance team and off-field community engagement projects. 

  • Education

  • Indigenous pathways support

  • Community engagement

  • Research

Student placements

Our students and staff work with multiple areas of the Broncos organisation toward common goals based on our mutual strengths and areas of interest.

We collaborate to offer students placement and research opportunities across a range of areas including:

  • High performance team
  • Athletes
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Commercial Partnerships and Sales
  • HR, Risk and Compliance
  • Strategy
  • Community and Government Programs
  • Membership and Merchandise
Laura Watterston (Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Arts) began a full-time role at the Broncos in January 2019, after impressing the club’s commercial operations team during an internship while studying at UQ.
Laura Watterston
UQ Broncos Aspire Scholarships

Broncos Aspire Scholarships are awarded to three first year students each year to provide assistance with transitioning to tertiary study for students who have experienced financial hardship.

These scholarships are generally awarded to students who are from regional Queensland, Indigenous students and students who are the first in their family to attend university.

Professional staff development

Professional development is critical for the Broncos, both on and off the field. UQ provides executive education and career development training to a number of Broncos staff members.

Broncos staff can access a suite of programs on topics including leadership, strategy and negotiation, as well as the Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership.

Patrick Carrigan

Sport courses and support programs

UQ is endorsed by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) as an Elite Athlete Friendly University. The UQ Elite Athlete program operates out of the UQ Sport Academy and supports elite student athletes as they pursue a dual career in sports and study.

The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at UQ is among the top 3 in Australia for Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy.

Emerging Broncos player Patrick Carrigan (pictured) is currently studying Physiotherapy at UQ and is a member of our Elite Athlete Program.

As part of the UQ Sport Academy UQ sporting scholarship athletes receive a number of services, including:


Personal development workshops and resources, including but not limited to Sport Psychology, Media Training, Study Skills and Sports Dietetics (where available).
Free academic liaison and course support from the UQ Sport Academy Personal Development Advisor.
Free UQ Sport Gold Membership, providing access to the UQ Sport Fitness Centre, Athletics Centre, Aquatics Centre, Tennis Centre and Group Fitness Classes.


The UQ Sport Competition Subsidy program provides funding to assist talented student athletes with out-of-pocket competition costs to compete at eligible national and international sporting events.
Discounted access to a range of sport science testing, strength and conditioning services through the UQ Sport Academy.
Free access to private academic tutoring (once all course related support has been exhausted and in consultation with the UQ Sport Academy Personal Development Advisor).

Indigenous Pathways Support

UQ students have the opportunity to be actively involved in the Broncos Community Program through:



UQ Education students have the opportunity to tutor Beyond the Broncos community program students to close the gap in educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in selected schools across Queensland.


UQ Education students can design programs specific to Broncos Community Program outcomes.


UQ Students deliver components of the Community program at the Clive Berghofer Centre on a range of topics such as Health and Nutrition and Exercise and Human Movement.


Advancing Research

UQ researchers work closely with the Broncos to conduct research and develop innovations designed to enhance the on-field performance of the team and the off-field operations of the club. Some of the exciting research areas that we focus on include:

  • injury prevention and recovery
  • sleep
  • VR & AR
  • business analytics
  • digital media
  • women’s sport
  • grassroots rugby league.

If you have any questions about this, or any other partnerships, contact us by email at