Australian Postgraduate Award
The University of Southern Queensland is offering a number of Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) for students commencing their PhD studies in 2014. Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) scholarships are awarded to students of exceptional research potential undertaking a Higher Degree by Research (Doctor of Philosophy).
USQ’s strategic research effort is focused in the following areas:
Priorities will be given to those students undertaking research in the following fields however applications in other areas of research are welcome to apply:
Development of an artificial intelligence framework for decision making strategies in field crop irrigation
Development of Composite Materials Using Renewable Agricultural Biomass
Changing the gut environment to reverse obesity
The Activity of Planet-Hosting Stars
The Winds of Planet-Hosting Stars
Genetic analysis of crosses between hexaploid bread wheats and tetraploid durum wheats and effects on disease resistance and product quality
A comparison of the growth patterns of three crown rot pathogens in Turkish and Australian wheat crops
High speed condensing jet diagnostics for thermal efficiency innovations
Recipients of these awards will receive a stipend and will be allocated a place funded by the Research Training Scheme (RTS).
The information on this page is subject to change.
Australian Postgraduate Awards carry a yearly stipend of $24 653 (2013 rate) per annum to the successful applicant however USQ will supplement this payment to a total yearly per annum amount of $30 000.
In addition the successful applicant will have access to $5 000 to attend a conference within Australia in the 2nd year of their candidature and attend an overseas conference in the final year.
Payments are made on a fortnightly basis over the year. The 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 Higher Degree by Research Doctor of Philosophy program at the University of Southern Queensland. Note: some research topics may only be offered full time oncampus. Students should discuss their mode of attendance with their proposed supervisors
- be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, Australian permanent resident or an International student who is an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) recipient
- not previously have held an Australian Government-funding postgraduate research scholarship unless it was terminated within six months of the commencement of benefits
- not be in receipt an equivalent award, scholarship (excluding an IPRS)
- commence the degree by the date set by the University (usually within 12 months of the scholarhip offer) or the scholarship may be withdrawn and reallocated to another applicant.
- Applications including all supporting documentation must be received by the closing date and in writing 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 however 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.
- undertake research in the above research areas
- be eligible to enrol in the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program full-time at USQ. Note: some research topics may only be offered full time oncampus. Students should discuss their mode of attendance with their proposed supervisors
- meet the eligibility 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 to USQ's areas of research concentration
- projects involving human or animal experimentation, including social/psychological research, must conform to NH&MRC guidelines and ethical clearance will be required prior to commencement of any such project.
How to apply
To apply for this scholarship, applicants must complete and forward the following documentation by email to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Office of Research Graduate Studies (ORGS) also recommend 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 ORGS, email@example.com and no other office.
Applications have closed.
Further information about this scholarship can be obtained from the Office of Research and Higher Degrees at firstname.lastname@example.org.