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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 2017. 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 Reconciliation 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 per annum. 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 for the standard duration.

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 qualification regarded by the USQ to be equivalent to a Phd;
  • 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

To apply for this scholarship, applicants must scan and forward as one PDF attachment the following documentation by email to No other email address is to be used for the submission of research scholarships. Note: all applications received at this account will be acknowledged by return email within 2 working days.

Scholarship applications are separate from the Admission application process, the Office of Research Graduate Studies (ORGS) recommend applicants commence the admission process.

Applications close

Applications close 5pm Monday 31 October 2016. 

Further information

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