Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)

Available for

Student type:
  • Future domestic research students
  • Future international research students
  • Current domestic research students
  • Current international research students
  • Academic performance
Study type:
  • Postgraduate research
  • Business
  • Creative Industries
  • Education
  • Health
  • Law
  • Science and Engineering
  • Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI)
  • Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety Queensland (CARRS-Q)
  • Institute for Future Environments

Application dates

Open date: 1 September 2014

Closing date: 30 September 2014

Eligibility details

You must:

  • be studying a PhD, masters by research, or professional doctorate
  • have a minimum first class honours or equivalent
  • not have previously held an Australian Government-funded research scholarship
  • be a domestic student (Australian citizen or permanent resident, or New Zealand citizen), or an international student awarded an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship.

What you receive

You'll receive:

  • a scholarship, indexed annually ($25,392  in 2014). The scholarship is tax exempt, and is for living costs for up to 2 years for masters students and 3 years for PhD students.

You can also apply for:

  • a $1,520 relocation allowance (domestic students only)
  • a $420 (Masters by Research), or $840 (PhD) thesis allowance after submitting your thesis.

How to apply

Future students

Future students apply for admission to QUT during the Annual Scholarship Round. Indicate on your application for admission that you wish to be considered for a scholarship.

The annual scholarship round closes in October each year.

Current students

Current research students apply during the Annual Scholarship Round via QUT Virtual.

What happens next

We'll assess applications and make offers in December.

If your application is successful, you'll need to accept the offer within 3 weeks. We expect you to begin your research degree early in the following year.


Read the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) rules (PDF file, 75.14 KB).

To keep your scholarship, you must:

  • make satisfactory progress in your studies
  • remain studying at QUT
  • remain studying full-time, unless under exceptional circumstances. Exceptional circumstances include:
    • caring responsibilities for a child
    • caring responsibilities for school-aged children with limited access to outside support
    • caring responsibilities for an invalid or disabled spouse, child, or parent
    • a medical condition, supported by a medical certificate, which limits your ability to study full-time

You can't:

  • hold another scholarship that is worth more than 75% of the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA).

Your scholarship will be tax-free if you're studying full-time. If you're studying part-time, your scholarship can be taxed.


Australian Postgraduate Awards are prestigious scholarships, funded by the federal Government to provide financial support to exceptional students.

The number of APA scholarships offered varies from year to year. In 2010, over 100 APA scholarships were awarded.


Research Scholarships

  • Phone: 3138 2932 or 3138 4923 or 3138 5306
  • Int. phone: +61 7 3138 2932 or +61 7 3138 4923 or +61 7 3138 5306
  • Fax: 3138 1304
  • Email:

  • Level 4, 88 Musk Avenue
    Kelvin Grove
  • Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
  • Postal address:
    Research Students Centre
    GPO Box 2434
    Brisbane QLD 4001