Research scholarships

Domestic APA Scholarship applications for 2016 commencement are open all year round - Apply now.

Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) 

Australian Postgraduate Awards are prestigious scholarships funded by the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training and provide an indexed stipend - paid fortnightly - of $26,288 (2016 rate) per annum. Additional benefits include paid sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, relocation and a thesis allowance.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be an Australian citizen, or a permanent resident;
  • have completed a Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours, or equivalent;
  • be undertaking a Higher Degree by Research;
  • be enrolled as a full-time student;
  • not hold an equivalent, or higher, research qualification;
  • not have previously held a Commonwealth-funded postgraduate research scholarship, unless it was terminated within six months of payments commencing;
  • not be receiving an equivalent award, scholarship or salary providing a benefit greater than 75% of the APA stipend rate to undertake the degree.

Successful applicants will also be awarded a Commonwealth-funded Research Training Scheme (RTS) place, which will cover their tuition fees for a maximum duration of 4 years. Subject to the passage of Legislation, from 1 January 2017 Domestic Higher Degree Research Students may be required to make a financial contribution towards their tuition fees.

APA Fact Sheet

For more information, visit the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training website.

Find out more and apply. Or learn about the conditions of the award.

University Postgraduate Research Scholarships (UPRS) 

These scholarships are offered by Charles Darwin University to postgraduate research students undertaking projects that fall within the University's research priority areas.

UPRS are open to Australian and overseas applicants and currently offer stipend valued at $26,288 (2016 rate) per annum.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • have completed a Bachelor Degree with Second Class Honours (Division A), or equivalent;
  • be undertaking a Higher Degree by Research;
  • be enrolled as a full-time student;
  • not hold an equivalent, or higher, research qualification.

Additional benefits include paid annual leave, sick leave and maternity/paternity leave entitlements, relocation and thesis allowance.

Successful domestic applicants will also be awarded a Commonwealth-funded Research Training Scheme (RTS) place, which will cover their tuition fees for a maximum duration of 4 years. Subject to the passage of Legislation, from 1 January 2017 Domestic Higher Degree Research Students may be required to make a financial contribution towards their tuition fees. More information can be found at https://education.gov.au/public-universities 

UPRS Fact Sheet

Overseas applicants must be able to cover their course tuition fees to apply. Find out about the conditions of the award.

How do I apply for a Scholarship?

International Scholarships for 2016 commencement are now closed.

Charles Darwin International PhD Scholarship

The Charles Darwin International PhD Scholarships are a group of new scholarships specifically targeted at International Students whose research is aligned with Charles Darwin University’s key research strengths.

This scholarship includes (for a maximum of 3.5 years):

1. International Tuition fees;
2. Living Allowance (inline with APA rate - $26,288 in 2016) paid fortnightly;
3. Overseas Health Cover for Student and any dependants travelling to Australia with the recipient (up to a
    maximum of $4,000); and
4. Thesis printing allowance of $840.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be an international student;
  • meet international student visa requirements as specified by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection;
  • be commencing full-time enrolment for the first time in a Higher Degree by Research at an Australian University;
  • Meet CDU PhD admission criteria;
  • be undertaking study in one of the University's key research strength areas;
  • not hold an equivalent, or higher, research qualification;
  • not have held an AusAID scholarship within the two years prior to commencing this scholarship; and
  • not be receiving any other Australian Government funded course tuition scholarship.

2016 key research strength areas are:

  • Global and Tropical Health
  • International Graduate Centre of Education
  • Northern Research Futures
  • Disaster Management
  • Engineering & IT
  • Environment and Livelihoods

Please visit Charles Darwin International PhD Scholarship webpage for project details.

International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS)

These scholarships are funded by the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training and are available to outstanding overseas students.

This scholarship includes (for a maximum of 3.5 years):

1. International Tuition fees;
2. Living Allowance (APA rate - $26,288 in 2016) paid fortnightly;
3. Overseas Health Cover for Student and any dependants travelling to Australia with the recipient;
4. Relocation allowance (one off payment upon receipts) up to $2000; and
5. Thesis printing allowance of $840.

To be eligible, you must:

  • be an international student;
  • meet international student visa requirements as specified by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection;
  • be commencing full-time enrolment for the first time in a Higher Degree by Research at an Australian University;
  • be undertaking study in one of the University's research priority areas;
  • not hold an equivalent, or higher, research qualification;
  • not have held an AusAID scholarship within the two years prior to commencing the IPRS;
  • not be receiving any other Australian Government funded course tuition scholarship.

Please note: Current high quality international research students may apply if they commenced their Higher Degree by Research in the previous year but, due to the timing of their applications and subsequent enrolment, were unable to apply for an IPRS for that year.

IPRS Fact Sheet

Note: International Students who are applying for, and subsequently offered, an IPRS may also be eligible to receive an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA). APA Fact Sheet

For more information visit here.

Learn more about how to apply.

Prestigious International Research Tuition Scholarships (PIRTS)

These Scholarships are supported by the University and are available to outstanding overseas students who have secured adequate alternative funds to cover all living, health care cover and other expenses.

Alternative funds may include a Stipend Scholarship (eg. UPRS).

This scholarship includes International Tuition fee only.

The PIRTS are designed to augment the University's research productivity, quality and global reach by:

  • attracting high quality international researchers into funded University research projects 
  • targeting high quality researchers from among our strategic partner universities in Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Timor Leste, and also from our long term research linkages with European and US universities
  • enabling access for research students with stipend scholarships from foreign governments and agencies, eg. the Chinese Scholarships Council, Chilean Government, Indonesian, Malaysian and Vietnamese governments.

The PIRTS pays for research tuition fees and, where appropriate, tuition costs for a maximum 10 weeks Intensive English Language Course (ELICOS).

To be eligible, you must:

  • be commencing full-time enrolment to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at Charles Darwin University;
  • be an overseas student with a secure source of funds to cover all living, health cover and other expenses;
  • meet international student visa requirements as specified by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection;
  • have completed a Bachelors Degree with First Class Honours or equivalent;
  • have demonstrated excellence in academic or professional achievement;
  • have a well prepared research proposal;
  • have strong referees reports from at least two high level academic referees;
  • have attained an overall IELTS of 6.5, with no band less than 6;
  • be commencing full-time enrolment for the first time in a Higher Degree by Research at an Australian University;
  • be undertaking study in one of the University's research priority areas;
  • not hold an equivalent, or higher, research qualification;
  • not be receiving any other funded course tuition scholarship.

How do I apply for a Scholarship?

International applicants should contact international@cdu.edu.au for an application pack or if you have any queries about scholarships.

PIRTS Fact Sheet

Note - COMPLETE applications must be received by the closing dates listed. INCOMPLETE applications will not be considered.

Further information regarding fees and other requirements can be found in our International Prospectus (PDF 3.2MB).

Contact

E: international@cdu.edu.au
P: 08 8946 6548
International Applicants contact the International Office.

PhD Top-up Scholarships in Freshwater Fish Ecology in Northern Australia

As part of a new Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage project investigating the resilience of freshwater fish in northern Australia to environmental change, Charles Darwin University (CDU) and the University of Western Australia (UWA) are offering two PhD stipend top-ups ($10,000 per year, plus operating funds).

Background: Northern Australian rivers are among the most pristine and productive on earth; however, they face profound change due to human activity. Previous research and monitoring of fish in these rivers have demonstrated the diversity of habitat preferences and annual population variability, but little is known about their key life history and ecological requirements. This makes it difficult to confidently assess and manage for the risks that flow and habitat modification, and climate change will pose to fish populations and fisheries in the future. Emerging evidence suggests that flexibility in functional traits (e.g. life history, physiology, behaviour, diet) may result in resilience to environmental change.

We are seeking candidates for two PhD projects as part of an ARC Linkage project “Forecasting fish resilience to environmental change in northern Australia”. The project is a partnership between the Northern Territory Government and four Universities: CDU, UWA, Griffith University and the University of Washington (USA).

Projects:

1. Fish Recruitment Ecology (offered at CDU). The aim of this research will be to investigate the influence of flow on the habitat use, growth and movement of the early life stages of freshwater fish in tropical river systems. [Lead Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Alison King (CDU)].

2. Trophic Ecology of Fish (offered at UWA). The aim of this project is to examine the influence of flow regime on intraspecific and interspecific variability in the diets of freshwater fish in tropical river systems. [Lead Supervisor: Prof. Michael Douglas (UWA)].

Flexibility exists for expanding on and developing new research areas in this general theme.

Positions: Candidates will apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award (AU$25,849 p.a. tax free) and will also receive an additional top-up stipend (AU$10,000 p.a.). Project operating funds will also be available. The successful applicants will be jointly supervised by a team of Internationally recognised, highly experienced researchers including: Assoc. Prof Alison King (CDU), Prof. Michael Douglas (UWA), Assoc Prof. David Crook (CDU), Assoc. Prof. Mark Kennard (GU) and Prof. Julian Olden (UW).

Eligibility: Applicants should have an MSc or Honours Degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline, be prepared to start full-time candidature in 2016, and meet the requirements of an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA).

Requirements: The projects will involve a significant amount of fieldwork in remote locations and will develop close working relationships with Indigenous Traditional Owners of the region. The applicant will need a high academic record to be competitive. Previous relevant field and laboratory experience is desirable.

To Apply: Enquiries should be directed to Assoc. Prof. Alison King (Alison.King@cdu.edu.au, Ph. 08 8946 6754) or Prof. Michael Douglas (Michael.Douglas@uwa.edu.au, Ph. 0408 467 000).

Applicants will be required to apply for an APA and submit, by 31 October 2015:

(i) a full curriculum vitae, including a short statement of your research interests and aspirations

(ii) a copy of your academic record,

(iii) the names and contact details of three referees, and

(iv) an indication of your potential start date.

Northern Research Futures 

Exploring the development of a heat stress warning and management tool for Northern Australia

This interdisciplinary PhD project will develop a tool for the improved communication of heat stress risk and management of individual heat exposure. The project responds to a desire to improve the communication of heat stress risk, particularly during hot and humid weather which is prevalent in the Monsoonal North of Australia. In collaboration with the Bureau of Meteorology, the student will begin to develop a tool that is useful to end-users such as Emergency Services, labour-intensive industries, and the NT Government’s Department of Health.

This scholarship is one of the Key Research Strengths for the Charles Darwin International PhD Scholarships.

Supervision will be drawn from across the partner institutions to provide a high-quality training environment that will enable scholars to achieve high standards of success in their chosen fields whilst contributing to the future planning and development of northern Australia.

Where appropriate, candidates may consider a joint PhD degree experience with both Charles Darwin University and the Australian National University, benefiting from the opportunity to spend time studying at both universities. 

Applicants should have completed a Bachelors degree (Hons, 1st Class or 2A) or a Masters degree with a significant research component; or demonstrated equivalence, such as professional work experience or publication in an appropriate field.

Tenure is for three years full time, subject to satisfactory progress.

For more information (pdf 366KB) please contact Dr Elspeth Oppermann, outlining your suitability for this PhD project.

Applications are due by the 31 October 2015.

There are many organisations that provide Scholarships for people who wish to undertake Higher Degrees by Research. Applicants will normally apply direct to the organisation offering the Scholarship and be required to identify the University at which they will undertake their Degree.

At Charles Darwin University, these are identified as 'External Scholarships'.

The list of opportunities below is not exhaustive but provides some guidance as to Scholarships that are available.

Menzies School of Health Research Scholarships

The following scholarships are currently available:

  • Centre of Research Excellence in Ear and Hearing Health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children (CRE_ICHEAR) 2016 Scholarship Program
  • Menzies's Discover - TT Scholarships

For detailed information, please visit Menzies Scholarship web page.

Charles Darwin University Funding Opportunities web page

Information about Grants, Scholarships (external & internal) and other sources of funding that are relevant to Charles Darwin University Researchers are listed in the order of Closing date in page Funding opportunities.

This is updated on a regular basis.

Other external scholarships

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Research, and professional (executive) research scholarships and fellowships - funded through AusAID and DEST

These schemes are for Australians to travel overseas and for overseas researchers and students to spend time in Australia including AusAID development scholarships, Australian Leadership Awards and Expanded Endeavour Program.

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