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Australian Postgraduate Award

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is offering a number of Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) for students studying the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in semester 2 2016.

Applications in all areas of research are welcome. Find your Research Topic helps you match your areas of interest with world-class research opportunities at USQ.

As part of USQ’s Action Plan a scheme exists to promote entry into the PhD by Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

The information on this page is subject to change.


Australian Postgraduate Awards carry a stipend of $26,288 (2016 rate) per annum. USQ will supplement this payment to a total per annum amount of $30,000. Payments are made on a fortnightly basis over the year. APA recipients will normally be allocated a place funded by the Research Training Scheme (RTS), which covers the payment of tuition fees.

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 on-campus. Students should discuss their mode of attendance with their proposed supervisors;
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or New Zealand citizen;
  • not have previously held a Government-funding postgraduate research scholarship (unless terminated within six months of commencement);
  • not hold a Research Doctorate or an equivalent research qualification;
  • commence the degree by the date set by the University, normally within 12 months of being offered a scholarship.


  • Applications including all supporting documentation must be received by the closing date.  
  • The successful student 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 USQ.

Selection criteria

Applicants will be assessed on the basis of academic merit, previous research outputs, research experience, the record of the proposed supervisory team, the quality of the research proposal, and alignment with the University's research priorities. 

How to apply

Students commencing study in Semester 1, 2017 must complete the Scholarship Application Form Students Commencing at USQ 2017 (PDF*167KB).

Students continuing study in Semester 1, 2017 must complete the Scholarships Application Form Continuing USQ Students 2017 (PDF*153KB)

Forward the application and all supporting documents to:

Private and Confidential
The Scholarships Officer
Student Services
University of Southern Queensland
West Street
Toowoomba QLD 4350

Applications will not be accepted via fax or email.

To apply for this scholarship, applicants must scan and forward as one PDF attachment the following documentation by email to Note: all applications received at this account will be acknowledged by return email within 2 working days.

The Office of Research Graduate Studies (ORGS) also recommends that applicants commence the admission process. Please refer to how to apply.

To ensure your scholarship application is assessed, scanned copies of the above documentation must be forwarded as one PDF attachment to the ORGS, No other email address is to be used for the submission of research scholarships.



Further information

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