2018 Higher Degree by Research scholarships

Applications for 2018 Higher Degree by Research scholarships at Federation University Australia will open on 1 September 2017*. Applications must be received no later than 5pm Tuesday 31st October 2017.

Note: Federation University is unable to offer the International Postgraduate Research Scholarship for commencement in 2018.

Federation University Australia offers Research Training Program Stipend Scholarships. These scholarships are available to:

  • Australian citizens
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders
  • Australian permanent residents
  • New Zealand citizens

Application is open to both current and prospective Higher Degree by Research candidates.

The RTP scholarship provides an annual living allowance of $26,682 (2017 rate). This stipend is indexed annually and is a tax-free scholarship. The stipend is paid on a fortnightly basis, commencing in the 2018 academic year.

The tenure of these awards is for a period of two years for a Master by Research and three years for a doctoral candidature. Possible extension of up to six months is applicable to doctoral degree students only. The tenure of the award will be reduced by any prior studies already completed in the course prior to the award.

Please read the full Terms and conditions before applying.

Further information regarding eligibility and selection for scholarships is available on the Eligibility and selection for RTP Stipend Scholarships website.

How to apply for a scholarship*

Prospective candidates

Prospective candidates should indicate on the Application for Admission Form that they are applying for a University-funded scholarship.

The Application for Admission Form is available on the FedUni HDR Apply page. All applicants should check their eligibility prior to applying.

Applications should include all relevant supporting documentation and FedUni must receive completed referee report forms by the scholarship closing date, 31 October 2017. As part of their application, prospective Higher Degree by Research applicants are also required to provide:

  • 250 word title and summary of intended project
  • Transcripts of all tertiary level academic study
  • Australian citizens must provide a copy of their birth certificate or passport
  • Permanent Residents must provide a copy of their visa and passport
  • List of published work and first page of each publication
  • Copies of contractual agreement with outside sponsor or institution (if applicable)
  • Copy of your honours or masters thesis abstract
  • Evidence for Australian honours equivalency, if applicable.
  • Any awards or accolades
  • Any publications produced or evidence of research performance**

Current candidates

Current Higher Degree by Research FedUni candidates should provide the following:

  • Current Candidate Scholarship Application Form
  • A copy of their updated research proposal
  • Any publications produced or evidence of research performance**
  • Any awards or accolades
  • Any other relevant information - please provide any updated or new testamurs, transcripts etc.

**Evidence to support research performance can be provided via documented publications, exhibitions, and conference presentations which comply with DEST definitions of research outputs. Additional evidence can include awards and other means of recognition by appropriate external parties of research involvement, contribution and achievement.

Eligibility and criteria for awarding of scholarships

  • A scholarship applicant who is not already a Higher Degree by Research candidate at FedUni will be required to lodge a complete application for candidature before the scholarship application will be considered. This must be done by the scholarship application closing date.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide all documentation required for consideration of candidature and scholarships.
  • If an applicant is completing honours, masters or another award in 2017, written notification of results must be made available by no later than Monday 13 November 2017*.
  • Applicants must enrol to study in Semester 1 2018. Applicants who defer study in 2018 will be required to reapply for their scholarship.


General principles

In the selection of applicants for allocation of scholarships across the various Faculties, we strive to achieve a balance of gender, discipline and strategic considerations whilst ensuring that the criterion of academic merit of applicants is also addressed. In doing so RHDSC (Research by Higher Degree Sub-committee) will ensure that it operates in accord with the University's Fair and Transparent Decision-Making Guidelines.

Scholarships are normally awarded to candidates enrolled in doctoral degree programs. In some circumstances applicants seeking entry to Master by Research candidature may be awarded a scholarship. The number of scholarships awarded to masters applicants will be determined on an annual basis by RHDSC.

*Please note that application dates and details may change.

For further information on candidature, scholarships or any other matter relating to higher degrees by research, please contact:

Research Services
Federation University Australia

Phone: 03 5327 9508
Fax: 03 5327 9602
Email: research.degrees@federation.edu.au