Macquarie University Scholarships for International Postgraduate Research Students
The International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) program was established to maintain and develop international research linkages, and aims to attract top quality postgraduate students to areas of research strength in the Australian higher education sector, and support Australia’s research efforts. This Government funded scholarship covers the tuition fees and compulsory health cover for international postgraduate students of exceptional research promise, for two years for a Masters by research degree or three years for a Doctorate by research. The number of IPRS places funded varies between institutions and from year to year. In addition to the tuition fees covered under the IPRS program, Macquarie University generously offers IPRS awardees a living allowance stipend, and usually supplements the places on offer via its own scholarship scheme.
The Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) scheme is a Doctoral (PhD) scholarship program that aims to support exceptional research students enrolled in one of the University’s recognised Concentrations of Research Excellence (CORE), as well as the broader University.
Selection Process and Timing
Macquarie University offers available awards to eligible candidates on the basis of academic merit, and according to the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIICCSRTE) guidelines. From 2014, the admission and scholarship criteria at Macquarie University have been revised due to the introduction of the new Master of Research pathway program being the preferred pathway to PhD research. Most scholarships require applicants to have strong academic performance and references and strong evidence of research capability and achievement.
1. complete an application form, and include:
2. original or certified copies of all academic transcripts. An official translation into English must be included if documents are not in English;
3. a certified copy of your birth or citizenship certificate, or your ID card, or the identity page of your passport
4. an original or certified copy of documents providing evidence of any name change
5. a project proposal outline with reference list (check with Faculty/Department of interest for length)
6. TWO academic referees: If one is your proposed supervisor, then please obtain a third reference. A referee report form should be forwarded to your nominated referees. Your referee does not have to fill in information they can not comment on, and may attach a letter if they have additional comments for the selection committee. A standard referee report form is available from the HDR Scholarships Forms and Conditions webpage: http://www.hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/scholarships/forms_and_conditions.
Each referee should complete and return the form directly to the University no later than 13 September 2013. Due to the number of applications and reports we receive we would ask you to please check directly with your referee if you wish to know if these reports were sent. If time permits, we will send you an email if we have not received your referee’s reports.
Application instructions and the link to the downloadable application form is available at: http://www.hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/applications
Awards will only be available to applicants who:
- are a citizen of a country other than Australian/New Zealand, and not an Australian Permanent Resident.
- have already completed, or expect to complete in 2013 a research masters degree
- are enrolling as a full-time student
- will undertake a Masters of Philosophy or Doctorate (only PhD candidates are eligible for an iMQRES) in 2013/14
Macquarie University ranks applicants on the basis of academic merit, relevant research experience and/or potential and the University’s research priorities. You must satisfy all the criteria for admission to Macquarie University.
If you are seeking to establish eligibility for a scholarship you are encouraged to provide full documentation of your achievements to assist in the assessment of your qualifications. Other relevant research qualifications which may be considered include
- Completion of a research master’s degree or equivalent e.g. a coursework Masters with a substantial research component (you will be asked to provide information on your thesis abstract, length, grade, examination process & the percentage of research component in the course.
- Published research (preferably in refereed publications: journals, books, book chapters etc)
- Conference presentations (preferably refereed)
- Highly relevant and substantial work-related research experience
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