International Postgraduate Research Scholarship for Internationals, Australia

Publish Date: Aug 16, 2016

Deadline: Sep 30, 2016

International Postgraduate Research Scholarships 

The IPRS enables international students to undertake a postgraduate research qualification in Australia and gain experience with leading Australian researchers at USC.

The objectives of the IPRS scheme are to attract top quality international postgraduate students to areas of research strength at USC and support Australia's research efforts.

Awards are available for international students of all countries (except New Zealand*) for a period of 2 years for a master level research degree and 3 years for doctoral research degrees. The scholarship covers tuition fees and health cover costs for scholarship holders. USC funded IPRS equivalent scholarships may also be awarded to meritorious candidates during the annual scholarship round at the discretion of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research).

*New Zealand students are eligible for the Research Training Scheme (RTS)

More information

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To be eligible for an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, applicants must:

  • be an international student
  • hold a Bachelor degree with First Class honours, or have an equivalent level of attainment via previous study, work
  • experience, research publications, referee's reports and other research experience; and
  • not hold an equivalent HDR qualification to that being applied for;
  • be undertaking study in a subject area identified by USC as one of its areas of research concentration
  • not have previously held an Australian Government-funded research scholarship
  • not have held an AusAID scholarship within the two years prior to commencing the IPRS; and
  • not be receiving a scholarship for which course tuition is a component under any other scholarship scheme to which the Australian Government makes a substantial contribution
  • recipients must maintain satisfactory progress as a full-time higher degree by research candidate at the University of the Sunshine Coast

Selection criteria

  • Undergraduate achievement; and
  • Research alignment; and
  • Publications; and
  • most recent or relevant degree.


The annual tuition fee for the successful applicant's program and a standard Overseas Student Health Cover policy. The successful applicant will also be considered for an Australian Postgraduate Award.

Application procedure

Step 1: Find a scholarship

Visit HDR Scholarships to browse postgraduate research scholarships currently open for applications. Note the title of the scholarship you wish to be considered for so that you can include this on your application form. You will only be considered for scholarship(s) you nominate on your application form.

Step 2: Prepare an application form and supporting documents

Select the relevant application form option from the two choices below (appropriate to whether you are a New Applicant or a Current USC HDR candidate).

Review the Important information prior to preparing your application.

New applicants

The application for postgraduate research scholarship is contained within the Application for Admission HDR and PGRS form. Refer to HDR applicants (CAN BE FOUND IN THE "FURTHER OFFICIAL INFORMATION" link below this article) to access the application form and detailed information on how to prepare a complete application. Incomplete applications cannot be progressed for assessment.

Current USC Higher Degree by Research candidates

If you are currently undertaking your HDR at USC, or if you applied within the past six months, you have the option to apply for a scholarship opportunity in two ways:

1. You may complete the one page Postgraduate research scholarship application form (PDF 77KB) if you are confident that the information contained in your recent Application for Admission is current and represents your best opportunity to be competitive for a scholarship.

2. If you have further information to add, e.g. a publication or further research, you are advised to complete a new HDR application (CAN BE FOUND IN THE "FURTHER OFFICIAL INFORMATION" link below this article) and include this additional information.

Important information

The Selection of Candidates for Postgraduate Research Scholarship - Protocol (PDF 100KB) provides additional information you require to apply for a scholarship, the selection criteria and assessment matrix used to rank your application in order of merit. It is recommended you are familiar with the content to assist in the preparation of your strongest possible application for scholarship. Please do not submit your application until you have read this important document as you may submit an incomplete or incorrect application which may not be considered for scholarship.

Step 3: Submit your application by the scholarship closing date

Information on scholarship closing dates are provided on the scholarship ad. You must submit your complete application by the closing date for your application to be considered.

Most scholarships are considered in one of the three rounds. Visit HDR Scholarships for information on the closing dates for each round, and to access specific scholarship ads.

Current USC candidates submit their applications to

New applicants submit their applications to and provide original or certified copies of supporting documents to:

Postgraduate Research Scholarships Officer
Office of Research
University of the Sunshine Coast, ML 26
Maroochydore DC Qld 4558

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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