Indigenous Postgraduate Research Award (IPRA)

Available for

Student type:
  • Current domestic research students
  • Future domestic research students
  • Of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent
  • 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 or applying for a PhD, masters by research, or professional doctorate
  • have a minimum honours 2A or equivalent
  • not have previously held an Australian Government-funded research scholarship
  • declare to be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

What you receive

You'll receive:

  • a scholarship, indexed annually ($24,653 in 2013). 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 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 evaluate applications and make offers in December. If you're successful, you'll need to accept the offer within 3 weeks.

You'll be expected to begin your research degree early in the following year.

Scholarship payments for enrolled students begin on 1 January.


Read the Indigenous Postgraduate Research Award rules (PDF file, 69.11 KB).

To keep your scholarship, you must:

  • complete your study 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
  • make satisfactory progress in your studies.

You can't:

  • hold another scholarship that is worth more than 75% of the IPRA.

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


We provide financial support to Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander higher degree research students through the Indigenous Postgraduate Research Award.


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