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.

Application period/Closing date

Applications open 1 February and close 31 July.

Value and benefits 

  • A stipend of $26,288 per annum tax exempt (2016 rate)
  • A relocation allowance of up to $1840 (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 coverage
  • Student Overseas Health Cover
  • Commencing IPRS recipients may also be eligible for an Australian Postgraduate Award.

Eligibility criteria

The IPRS are open to international students. Successful applicants must have achieved a first class Honours degree or equivalent. Awards are only available to those who will be undertaking a Masters or Doctoral degree full-time in 2016 or early 2017 and have applied for, or are 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 Masters' degree with at least 2/3 of the degree comprising a thesis graded at 80%+
  • coursework Masters' degrees or graduate diplomas which includes 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 GPA 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 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 (PDF, 173.4 KB) which are used by Schools and Faculties during the scholarship rounds to rank scholarship applications.

How to apply

Prospective Students

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, 83.9 KB) are provided to assist you in creating the current student scholarship application form.
  • If you have applied for a 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 Deakin International.

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