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 and overseas health coverage for international students for the duration of 4 years
  • Commencing IPRS recipients may also be eligible for an Australian Postgraduate Award


3 years

Important dates

Opening date

1 February 2016

Closing date

31 July 2016


The IPRS are open to international students. Successful applicants must have achieved an honours degree (First Class) or equivalent. Awards are only available to those who will be undertaking a master's or doctoral degree full-time in 2016 or early 2017.

You must also have applied for, or be currently enrolled in, a higher degree by research.

Applicants who have commenced their research degree must have at least 12 months full-time or equivalent candidature remaining.

 Applicants who have previously held an IPRS for six months or more cannot be considered for another IPRS, APA or DUPR.

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