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International Postgraduate Research Scholarship

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is offering a number of International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) for international students studying the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in 2015. 

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

  • Agribusiness
  • Biomedical sciences
  • 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

The successful applicants will have their tuition fees and Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) which covers the student, their spouse and dependents (if any), met by the Australian Government. In addition the USQ provides a fortnightly stipend to contribute towards living expenses.


International Postgraduate Research Scholarships carry a yearly stipend of $30,000 per year to the successful applicant. Payments are made on a fortnightly basis over the year. The period of tenure for a PhD is three years. Periods of study already undertaken towards the degree will be deducted from the period of tenure.

Scholarship benefits include full tuition fees for a period of 6 semesters (subject to satisfactory progress).

In addition the successful applicant will have access to a total of $5,000 to attend a conference within Australia in the 2nd year of their candidature and attend an overseas conference in the final year.


To be eligible applicants must:

  • not hold a research qualification regarded by the USQ to be equivalent to an Australian Research Doctorate;
  • be eligible to be enrolled full-time on-campus in a PhD at the USQ;
  • not be an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident (*Note: Australian permanent resident includes holders of Australian permanent humanitarian visas);
  • not previously have held an Australian Government-funded postgraduate research scholarship unless it was terminated within six months of the commencement of benefits;
  • not be in receipt of similar funding from the Australian Government;
  • commence the degree by the date set by the University or the scholarship may be withdrawn and allocated to another applicant.  


  • Applications including all supporting documentation must be received by the closing date.
  • Scholarships are not transferable to other students in any circumstances.
  • The scholarship will be forfeited if the recipient cancels his or her enrolment in the program or fails to enrol.
  • The scholarship will be forfeited if the recipient transfers to another institution.
  • Subject to student visa conditions, a student is permitted to undertake paid work however this must not interfere with the student's study program.

Selection criteria

Applicants must:

  • have applied for enrolment or currently be enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program full-time on-campus at USQ;
  • meet the eligibility entry requirements;
  • demonstrate outstanding research potential;
  • scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit, research publications and presentations, 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

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

  • IPRS HDR Scholarship Application form (DOCX 85KB);
  • curriculum vitae;
  • education qualifications (testamur and all academic transcripts including undergraduate and postgraduate);
  • provide a detailed research proposal outline (DOCX 80KB);
  • a two page summary of your research interests and experiences;
  • documentation confirming citizenship;
  • provide evidence of English language proficiency by supplying one of the approved language tests, (IELTS or TOEFL) or evidence you have studied for a minimum of 2 years full-time equivalent, within the last two years in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United States of America or United Kingdom;
  • a list of any research publications.

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

To ensure your scholarship application is assessed, scanned copies of the above documentation must be forwarded as one attachment to ORGS, and no other office. 

Closing date

Applications closed.

Further information

Further information about this scholarship can be obtained from the Office of Research Graduate Studies