PhD scholarship - Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) / Deakin University Postgraduate Research Scholarships (DUPRS)

The APAs are funded by the Australian Federal Government, while the DUPRS are funded by Deakin University. Both awards are available to domestic and international students. Only top-ranked applicants in a scholarship round will be offered an APA.

Value and duration


  • A stipend of $26,288 per annum tax exempt (2016 rate)
  • A relocation allowance up to $1,840 (2016 rate) awarded to students who are moving from interstate or overseas in order to study at Deakin
  • Paid sick, maternity and parental leave
  • Tuition fee and overseas health coverage for international students for the duration of 4 years.


3 Years

Important dates

Opening datesAustralian/New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents can apply throughout the year. 
International students1 February 2017.


  • Applicants must meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements, be enrolling full-time and hold an Honours degree (First Class) or a Master's degree with a substantial research component in a related field. 
  • Applicants who have previously held an APA or DUPR for six months or more cannot be considered for another APA or DUPR.
  • Applicants who have commenced their graduate research degree must have at least 2/3 of their equivalent candidature remaining.
  • Applicants applying for Research Masters or Research Doctorate must not hold an equivalent research qualification.

The primary criterion is a high standard of Honours (a year of assessed research following an undergraduate course) or its equivalent. Equivalence could include: 

  • research Master’s degree with at least 2/3 of the degree comprising a thesis graded at 80%+ 
  • coursework Master’s degrees or graduate diplomas that include a research project or thesis of 10,000 to 20,000 words, to 80%+ standard, and research methodology units 
  • comparable qualifications from international universities including a research project or thesis of 10,000 to 20,000 words and a GPA with an 80%+ standard 
  • relevant postgraduate research experience 
  • independently refereed journal articles, publications, or conference papers 
  • professional reporting or prior learning 
  • research related awards or prizes 
  • other evidence of research ability. 

Please refer to the entry pathways to higher degrees by research page for further information.

Selection criteria

Selection for scholarships is based on academic merit, research experience, publications relative to opportunity, alignment of the project with strategic priorities and the supervisory experience/support of the potential supervisors. 

Please refer to the guidelines below, which are used by schools and faculties during the scholarship rounds to rank scholarship applications.

PDF 2016 Advice for scoring HDR applicants -350.6 KB

How to apply

Prospective students:

Please refer to the Apply for a research degree webpage for application information.

Current Deakin research students:

  • Login to RMENET using your Deakin student username and password. The scholarship application form is located at HDR/HDR eForms/Create an HDR eForm.
  • Instructions (PDF, 83.9kB) are provided to assist you in creating the current student scholarship application form.
  • If you have applied for an HDR scholarship previously, you need to demonstrate that you have achieved significant research outcomes beyond the basic expectations of your candidature progression since your last application.

Further information

Please contact the Deakin Research Scholarships Office: