Eligibility and selection for APA, IPRS and FPRS scholarship

  1. Applicants for scholarships must be eligible for candidature in a Higher Degree by Research at
    Federation University. Eligibility for candidature is detailed at: http://federation.edu.au/research/research-degrees/apply
  2. Applicants for scholarships must
    1. have obtained a First Class Honours degree (H1) at an Australian University
    2. be able to demonstrate an equivalent achievement (H1 equivalence), including substantial research experience.

Successful demonstration of H1 equivalence is likely to include at least four years of higher
education studies at a very high level together with a demonstrably strong research performance.
For example:

  • a four year undergraduate degree with strong grades, including a significant research project
    and thesis submission
  • a three year degree and one year of a higher degree, including a significant research component
    and strong grades
  • a three year degree and one year of a Masters preliminary or other qualifying programme,
    including a significant research component and strong grades
  • a three year undergraduate degree and a postgraduate diploma with strong grades plus
    demonstrated research capability
  • a three year undergraduate degree with strong grades plus demonstrated research capability.
  • Demonstrated research capability may include, for example, a strong record of publications in
    refereed journals or, in the case of the performing or visual arts, the equivalent thereof.
  1. APAs will be available to:
    1. Australian or New Zealand citizens, or those that have been granted permanent resident status in
      Australia, who:
      1. Are enrolling or have enrolled as full-time, or have approval from the University to undertake
        part-time study (part-time awards are available only for compelling social reasons).
      2. Will undertake a Research Master’s or a PhD in 2017. A Research Master’s degree is defined
        as one for which at least 70% of the total requirements for the degree is completed by research
        and thesis;
      3. Have obtained First Class Honours (H1) or equivalent results (H1 equivalence).
    2. International students who are offered an IPRS.
  2. IPRS will be available to those who:
    1. Are citizens of any overseas country except New Zealand and excluding those with permanent resident status in Australia;
    2. Are commencing full-time enrolment in a higher degree by research (HDR) at Federation University Australia or who commenced their HDR in the previous year but who, due to the timing of their application and subsequent enrolment, were unable to apply for an IPRS in that year.
  3. APA will not be available to those who:
    1. Are currently receiving another equivalent or major award, scholarship or a salary to undertake the HDR, except, in the case of the IPRS with the approval of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), and in the case of the APA, only where the benefit provided is greater than 75% of the base APA stipend rate;
      1. Have already completed a degree at the same or a higher level as the proposed candidature,
      2. Have previously held a Commonwealth Government-funded postgraduate research scholarship (excluding an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship), unless it was terminated within six
        months of the scholarship payments commencing.
  4. IPRS will not be available to those who:
    1. Are Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents;
    2. Hold a research qualification regarded by Federation University Australia to be equivalent to an Australian Research Doctorate or, if undertaking a Research Master’s degree, hold a research qualification regarded by Federation University Australia to be equivalent to or higher than an Australian Research Master’s degree;
    3. Have held an Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) scholarship within the two years prior to commencing the IPRS;
    4. Are in receipt of a scholarship for which course tuition is a component under any other scholarship scheme to which the Australian Government makes a substantial contribution;
    5. Have previously received an IPRS for a Research Doctorate, unless converting to a Research Master’s degree in accordance with Commonwealth Guidelines;
  5. APA holders may:
    1. Be in receipt of minor awards, allowances or other earnings which are supplementary to an APA, or derived from part-time work within the conditions of award of a scholarship at Federation University Australia;
    2. Receive stipend top-up funding from industry, and obtain funds for field work, equipment and other such expenses, including overseas travel, not covered by the award.

Processes and criteria for assessment of applications for centrally funded RIBG scholarships

The primary goal in providing scholarships for candidates to undertake higher degrees by research (HDR) is to
attract and facilitate the progress of high quality students whose research is aligned with the strategic priorities
of the Federation University Australia and its Faculties.

Federation University Australia will only offer a student a research scholarship as a result of:

  1. An application lodged as part of a competitive application process; or
  2. Federation University Australia agreeing to continue a research scholarship for a student who is already in receipt of a research scholarship and is transferring from another Higher Education Provider

Federation University Australia conducts a competitive application process for awarding research scholarships. Applications for research scholarships must be submitted in the form approved, and by the date determined, by Federation University Australia.

There are a number of indicators used to assist in assessment and ranking of scholarship applications; these are outlined briefly below. Applicants may wish to consider these when preparing an application for scholarship funding to ensure that clear, relevant detail is provided in their submission.

Process of assessment for applications and allocations of awards

Each application will undergo an initial screen for eligibility of candidature prior to a more detailed assessment
and ranking of candidates by the relevant Faculty Scholarship Ranking Committee.

Faculty Scholarship Ranking Committees undertake the assessment and ranking of applications against three key

  1. Highest Degree;
  2. Research Achievement;
  3. Strategic Alignment.

Although there are some differences in weightings across faculties, applications are assessed against the same three categories:

  1. Academic merit as an indicator of capacity. This assessment considers the nature and level of the
    applicant’s academic qualifications as well as the grade point averages (GPA) achieved
  2. Research Achievement: This assessment considers any peer-reviewed research outputs and/or high esteem academic awards and prizes. When assessing published work, the quality or ranking of each