Australian Postgraduate Award

The University of Southern Queensland is offering a number of Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) for students commencing their Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) studies in 2014.

USQ’s strategic research effort is focused in the following areas, although applications in other areas of research are welcome:

  • Agribusiness
  • Climate risk and resource management
  • Community health and wellbeing
  • Sustainable business and enterprise
  • Community learning and innovation
  • Enabling infrastructure and technology 
  • Crop biotechnology
  • Digital futures
  • Farming systems and irrigation management
  • Medical biotechnology
  • Regional business 
  • Computational mathematics

APA recipients will receive a stipend and will be allocated a place funded by the Research Training Scheme (RTS), which will cover tuition fees.

The information on this page is subject to change.


Australian Postgraduate Awards carry a stipend of $25,392 (2014 rate) per annum. USQ will supplement this payment to a total per annum amount of $30,000.

In addition, after successfully completing the confirmation process, APA awardees will have access to a maximum amount of $5,000 for conferences attendances during the period of the scholarship. 

Payments are made on a fortnightly basis over the year. The maximum period of tenure of an award is three years. Periods of study already undertaken towards the degree will be deducted from the period of tenure.


To be eligible applicants must:

  • have completed a Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours, or equivalent level
  • be eligible to be enrolled full-time in a PhD program at USQ. Note: some research topics may only be offered full-time, on-campus. Students should discuss their mode of attendance with their proposed supervisors;
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or New Zealand citizen, or an international student in receipt of an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS);
  • have not previously held an Australian Government-funding postgraduate research scholarship (unless terminated within six months of commencement);
  • not be in receipt of an equivalent scholarship (excluding an IPRS);
  • commence the degree by the date set by the University.


  • Applications including all supporting documentation must be received by the closing date on the USQ application forms provided.
  • The scholarship will be paid directly to the student on a fortnightly basis.
  • The successful candidate is permitted to undertake paid work but this must not interfere with the student's study.
  • Scholarships are not transferable to other students in any circumstances.
  • The scholarship will be forfeited if the recipient cancels enrolment in the program or fails to enrol at the University of Southern Queensland.
  • The scholarship will be forfeited should the student transfer to another institution.

Selection criteria

Applicants must:

  • meet the entry requirements for the PhD;
  • demonstrate outstanding research potential;
  • scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit, research capacity, and relevance of proposed research;
  • projects involving human or animal experimentation, including social/psychological research, must conform to NH&MRC guidelines and ethical approval from either the USQ Human Research Ethics Committee or Animal Ethics Committee and/or the Institutional Biosafety Committee must be obtained prior to the commencement of data collection and any interaction with research participants’.


How to apply

To apply for this scholarship, applicants must complete and forward the following documentation by email to

The Office of Research Graduate Studies (ORGS) also recommends that applicants commence the enrolment process. For enrolment instructions, please refer to the how to apply guide.

To ensure your scholarship application is assessed, scanned copies of the above documentation must be forwarded as one attachment to the ORGS,

Closing date

Applications closed

Further information

Further information about this scholarship can be obtained from the ORGS at