Frequently asked questions about research degree scholarships

What types of scholarships are offered to research students at Deakin?

Most research scholarships are awarded during the international and domestic research scholarship rounds each year. Dependant on whether you are an international or domestic applicant, you may be eligible for one of the following scholarships:

  • Deakin University Postgraduate Research Scholarship (DUPR): funded by Deakin University.
  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS): funded by Deakin University and the Commonwealth Government.
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (APA): funded by the Commonwealth Government.
  • Other scholarship opportunities at Deakin are also available throughout the year. Externally funded research scholarships provided by government or industry partners may also be available. Further opportunities are listed on the Research Degree HDR Scholarships web page.

What are the eligibility criteria?

The primary eligibility criterion for APA, DUPR or IPRS scholarships is a first class Honours degree or equivalent.

For externally funded scholarships, applicants should refer to the relevant advice on eligibility criteria specific to the award.

How do I lodge a research candidature and scholarship application?

You can apply for research candidature and scholarship via an online application form. You do not need to lodge separate applications.

I'm currently completing an existing course and my marks won't be finalised prior to the research scholarship closing date. Can I still apply for a scholarship?

In most circumstances, you can still apply for a research scholarship if you have outstanding results. Transcripts for the current course should be uploaded when you complete your online application. You may be asked to provide contact details for the supervisor or coordinator of your current course who can comment on your likely results.

If your application is successful, you will be made a conditional offer. Your enrolment in a research degree cannot be finalised until the conditions in your offer letter are fulfilled.

When can I lodge a research scholarship application?

Scholarship round lodgement dates:

International1 February

31 July

Domestic1 May31 October

For all other scholarships, please refer to the relevant closing dates specific to the award.

When will I find out if my application is successful?

Scholarship round outcome dates:

InternationalEarly October
DomesticEarly December

Outcomes for all other scholarships are relevant to the award.

If my research degree scholarship application is unsuccessful, can I lodge another scholarship application in the future?

In general, there is no restriction on the number of times you can apply for a research degree scholarship prior to commencing candidature.

If you are offered a candidature only place, you may choose to decline this offer and apply for candidature and a scholarship in the future.

If you accept a candidature only offer, you may be eligible to apply for a scholarship as a current research degree student.

What payments and allowances do the research scholarships include?

The scholarship amount and other benefits available depend on the scholarship offered and whether the awardee is a domestic or international student. Scholarships may include a fortnightly stipend, relocation and travel allowance, tuition fee coverage and overseas health cover.

Can I hold a research scholarship if I am studying part-time or off-campus?

Scholarship holders are required to remain full-time and on-campus for the duration of the award. Under exceptional circumstances, awardees can apply to hold a part-time or off-campus award. Applications should be made to the Research Scholarships Office

Are research scholarships taxable?

Full-time scholarship payments are tax-exempt. Should an awardee be granted a part-time scholarship, payments will be taxable.

How long do I have to commence my scholarship?

Successful applicants are required to commence studying by the date prescribed in their offer letter or the date specified in their scholarship terms and conditions of award at the latest.

When and how often will I receive payments?

Payments are made fortnightly directly into the awardee's nominated bank account.

How are research scholarship applications ranked?

Research scholarships are ranked based on academic merit, research experience and publications relative to opportunity, alignment of the applicant's project with strategic priorities and the supervisory experience/support of potential supervisors.

Where can I find more details about a specific award?

Further information specific to an award can be found by selecting the relevant award on the research degree scholarships webpage.

Alternatively, please contact the Research Scholarships Office:

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