PhD scholarship - International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS)

International Postgraduate Research Scholarships are funded by the Australian Government and awarded to international students wishing to undertake a research degree at Deakin University.

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 parenting leave
  • Tuition fee coverage
  • Students overseas health cover
  • Commencing IPRS recipients may also be eligible for an Australian Postgraduate Award


3 years

Important dates

Opening date

1 February 2017

Closing date



The IPRS are open to international students. 

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 IPRS for six months or more cannot be considered for another IPRS, APA (Australian Postgraduate Award) or DUPR (Deakin University Postgraduate Research scholarship).

Applicants who have commenced their graduate research degree must have at least 2/3 their equivalent candidature remaining.

Applicants applying for research master's 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 with at least 2/3 of the degree comprising a thesis graded at 80%+
  • coursework master's or graduate diplomas which includes a research project or thesis of 10,000–20,000 words, to 80%+ standard, and research methodology units
  • comparable qualifications from international universities including a research project or thesis of 10,000–20,000 words and 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 HDR Scholarship Ranking Guidelines, which are used by schools and faculties during the scholarship rounds to rank scholarship applications.

How to apply

Prospective research 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 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

For further information, please contact Deakin International:

Email Deakin International