Frequently asked questions

    1. How do I apply for a Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) place at FedUni?
    2. What is a Research Training Scheme (RTS) place?
    3. Am I eligible?
    4. What is Honours equivalence?
    5. What is IELTS/TOEFL?
    6. Where do I find the Confidential Referee Reports form?
    7. What is an academic transcript?
    8. How do I apply for a scholarship?
    9. How do I find a supervisor?
    10. When can I commence my candidature?
    11. I'm an international student, what resources are available?
    12. What needs to accompany my application?
    13. Where do I find more information?

1. How do I apply for a Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) place at FedUni?

There is a Research webpage on the Federation University Australia website, which details the application process and includes the current application form and eligibility requirements. For interested applicants, this form must be completed and submitted to Research Services.

For further information, please refer to our Apply webpage.

2. What is a Research Training Scheme (RTS) place?

The Australian Government Department of Education and Training Research Training Scheme (RTS) provides tuition fee funding for students in the following research courses:

  • Master by Research
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

If you are granted an RTS place, you will not be required to pay up-front tuition fees, nor will you accrue a HECS debt for the duration of the course.

Funding covers the advertised duration of the course, or equivalent part-time.

To be eligible for an RTS place, you must be either an:

  • Australian citizen;
  • Australian Permanent Resident; or
  • New Zealand citizen

If you have already been a Research Training Scheme (RTS) candidate, either in a previous course or at a previous university and you are applying for another RTS place, within three years, then any RTS funding consumed in your previous course will be deducted from the RTS available for your enrolment at FedUni. If at least three years have elapsed since the previous enrolment, you would be entitled to the maximum period allowed for the course under the RTS.

3. Am I eligible?

Academic entry requirements for PhD - There are a number of ways to meet the eligibility requirements for entry into a PhD program at Federation University Australia.

  • Successful completion of an undergraduate degree and subsequent additional honours degree which is graded at first class or second class (upper division) and which includes a thesis or dissertation demonstrating the ability to undertake research at a PhD level; OR
  • Successful completion of an undergraduate degree and subsequent additional honours degree which is graded at first class or second class (upper division) and which includes a thesis or dissertation demonstrating the ability to undertake research at a PhD level; OR
  • Current Federation University Masters by Research candidate with sufficient research capability to demonstrate PhD capacity, assessed via a formal Confirmation of Candidature process; OR
  • Honours equivalence, for applicants who have completed a Master by coursework or have appropriate professional experience.

Academic entry requirements for Masters by Research -

  • Successful completion of an undergraduate degree and subsequent additional honours degree which is graded as at least second class and which includes a dissertation demonstrating the ability to undertake research at a Masters level; OR
  • Honours equivalence, such as a combination of professional, qualifications and research experience, including Masters by coursework.

4. What is Honours equivalence?

Applicants who are applying for entry without Honours or Masters by Research qualifications will be required to provide supplementary information to support their application. This is referred to as Honours equivalency.

To build a case for Honours equivalency, the applicant will need to demonstrate that they have previously undertaken research and generated outputs at an honours level standard in terms of both quantity and quality.  This will require the applicant to have;

  • undertaken research or research-related activity for approximately 6 to 9 months full-time or part-time equivalent as evidenced by exhibitions of creative work or peer reviewed publications or reports; or
  • undertaken research as part of a coursework masters.

The research produced must be at an equivalent level to a first or second class Honours (upper division) with publications or a minor thesis of at least 15,000 words and other supporting activity.

For further information, please refer to the Honours Equivalence webpage. 

5. What is IELTS/TOEFL?

Applicants from non-English speaking countries must demonstrate English language proficiency by:

Achieving at least the minimum score in one of the following formal test of English language proficiency:

  • IELTS (International Language Testing System) minimum score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0;
  • TOEFL (American test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum score of 580 plus a TWE (Test of Written English) a score of 5.0;
  • TOEFL computer-based minimum score of 237 plus a minimum score of 22 in writing;
  • TOEFL internet-based minimum score of 92-93 plus a minimum score of 22 in writing;

OR

  • Under exceptional circumstances, applying for an exemption from being required to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score based on an exemption request with supporting evidence.

For further information, please refer to the Check your eligibility webpage.

6. Where do I find the Confidential Referee Reports form?

Two Confidential Referee Reports must be submitted to support your application. Your application will notbe processed if these two Confidential Referee Reports have not been received by Research Services.

These reports must be on the Confidential Referee Report Form (docx, 855kb)

7. What is an academic transcript?

An academic transcript is an official document from the awarding university/institution, showing results and information about your degree (including the proportion of any research (thesis/methods) components).

8. How do I apply for a scholarship?

For domestic students - scholarships available at Federation University Australia:

  • FedUni Postgraduate Research Scholarships (FedUni PRS)
  • Australian Postgraduate Awards  (APA)
  • Limited special scholarships (Industry funded scholarships) may be available

To apply for one of the above scholarships, applicants must complete an application (this can be with your initial application for candidature or at any time during candidacy). Applications for annual scholarships managed by Federation University Australia (FedUni PRS, APA,) must be received by no later than 31 October each year, for funding commencing in the following year. Scholarships are only awarded to successful candidates.

Please note, applications for the 2016 scholarship round are not currently open. Please email research.degrees@federation.edu.au, to register your interest.

Please refer to our Scholarships webpage for further information. 

9. How do I find a supervisor?

If you have not already made contact with a prospective supervisor, upon receipt of an eligible application, the Faculty to which your project is aligned, will assist in this process.

Familiarise yourself with the active research areas at Federation University Australia to ensure that your intended area of study can be supported.

10. When can I commence my candidature?

HDR students are able to commence study at any time throughout the calendar year.

11. I'm an international student, what resources are available?

Staff at Federation University Australia are committed to ensuring every international student's experience at FedUni is positive, enjoyable and memorable. Student support services include:

  • Program advice and enrolment assistance
  • Cultural and welfare support
  • Academic and language support
  • Social activities programs
  • Orientation program on arrival
  • Free airport pick-up

For further information, please refer to the following links:

12. What needs to accompany my application?

Checklist

All applicants must provide the following:

 

250 word summary of intended project

 

List of published work (and first page of each publication)

 

Transcripts of academic records

 

Approved Confidential Referee Report form (docx, 855kb) sent to two academic referees

 

Confirmed Confidential Referee Reports have been sent to Research Services (research.degrees@federation.edu.au)

 

Proof of identification:

  • Australian citizens must provide a copy of their birth certificate or passport; OR
  • Permanent residents must provide a copy of their visa and passport; OR
  • Overseas applicants must provide a copy of their passport
 

Copies of contractual agreement with outside sponsor or institution (if applicable)

 

A copy of your Honours or Masters thesis abstract

 

If you are applying for a Postgraduate Research Scholarship (stipend) and your final results are not yet on your academic transcript:

  • Certified final Honours or Masters results must be sent to Research Services by the date specified on the application form.
 

For overseas students:

  • English language proficiency score (IELTS/TOEFL results); OR
  • Written request for exemption from English language proficiency, with the following supporting documents:
    • A certified statement that the official language of the country of origin is English
    • A certified statement that instruction and assessment at the prior university was conducted in English
    • A certified statement that the applicant currently engages in teaching using English
    • Evidence of publications in English substantially written by the applicant

Please note: If the above information is not provided, there will be a delay in the consideration of your application.

13. Where do I find more information?

If you have any other questions or require further information, please email research.degrees@federation.edu.au.