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USQ Postgraduate Research Scholarship

USQ Postgraduate Research Scholarships are awarded to new students of exceptional research potential undertaking a Higher Degree by Research (Doctor of Philosophy). Although consideration will be given to those students who are currently enrolled in a PhD. Recipients of these awards will receive a stipend and Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents will be allocated a place funded by the Research Training Scheme (RTS). International candidates will be liable for tuition fees. Please note that this information is subject to change.


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

Should a successful USQ PRS applicant be an international student and enrol with the Faculty of Engineering and Surveying (FoES) then FoES may provide a further $3 000 top up to the successful applicant.


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  
  • not previously have held an Australian Government-funding postgraduate research scholarship unless it was terminated within six months of the commencement of benefits
  • commence the degree by the date set by the University or the scholarship may be withdrawn and reallocated to another applicant.

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 PhD enrolment entry requirements
  • 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

  • Research Student Scholarship Application form (DOCX 95) 
  • two Academic Referee Reports
  • curriculum vitae
  • education qualifications (testamur and all academic transcripts including undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • provide a detailed research proposal outline (DOC 79 KB)
  • include a two page summary of your research interests and experiences
  • documentation confirming citizenship
  • list of any research publications.

Office of Research and Higher Degrees (ORHD) also recommend applicants supply a copy of their:

  • USQ enrolment application (copy only - original application must be forwarded to Admissions). For enrolment instructions, please refer to the how to apply guide.

 To ensure your scholarship application is assessed, scanned copies of the above documentation (excluding the Academic Referee Reports which should be forwarded separately by the referee) must be forwarded as one attachment to ORHD, and no other office.

Closing date

Applications closed.

Further information

Further information about this scholarship can be obtained from the Office of Research and Higher Degrees at