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Annual research scholarship round

Prepare for your research studies by applying for scholarships we’re offering as part of our research annual scholarship round.

Kaitlyn Porter, PhD scholarship recipient, is studying the role pharmacists can play in disasters, aiming to improve health outcomes during and after events.

What can scholarships be used for?

You do the research, and we'll pay the bills. Our research scholarships provide funding to help you with general living costs while you focus on your research studies.

We also have top-up scholarships to supplement living costs and sponsorships to cover tuition fees.

Some of our research scholarships also have associated allowances for relocation and thesis expenses.

Apply now for 2020

Applications for our annual round are now open for students starting in 2020.

Apply for a research degree and register your interest in a scholarship any time between now and 30 September 2019.

An information session will be held on Tuesday 3 September, 10am-11am, at Gardens Point, Z Block, Level 10, the Gibson Room (1064). This will also be a recorded Zoom session. To register your interest in joining the session via Zoom, email by no later then Friday 30 August 2019.

Step-by-step guide to applying for a research degree

How to apply

Guide to applying for research scholarships

Which scholarships can I apply for?

The scholarships available in the annual round are:

Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend (Domestic)
For domestic masters, PhD and doctoral students.
Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend (International)
For international masters, PhD and doctoral students.
QUT Postgraduate Research Awards (QUTPRA) (Domestic)
For domestic PhD and doctoral students. Not available for masters students.
QUT Postgraduate Research Awards (QUTPRA) (International)
For international PhD and doctoral students. Not available for masters students.
Indigenous Postgraduate Research Award (IPRA)
For a student of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.
QUT Women's Re-entry Scholarship (WRE)
Pays a living allowance to a female student who can demonstrate a significant interruption to her academic career.
QUT Master of Philosophy Development Scholarships
For future international postgraduate research students.

Other scholarships

We offer a range of other research scholarships that you can apply for throughout the year and outside of the annual round.

Explore our scholarships

Dr Sunderajhan Sekar's studies have helped him build his professional network and research the effects of dietary saturated fats and risk of knee osteoarthritis.

When can I apply?

To be considered for a scholarship as part of our annual round, you must apply for a research course before 30 September.

We award scholarships in early mid-November, with funding starting the next calendar year.

Am I eligible to apply?

You must have achieved a specific minimum level of academic excellence to be eligible to apply for each scholarship. Some scholarships also have other eligibility criteria that you must meet to be able to apply.

See each scholarship’s details to find out if you're eligible to apply.

English language proficiency

Depending on your previous experience and qualifications, you may need to meet English language requirements. You can find your English language requirements in your course information.

We accept test results from:

  • IELTS (Academic)
  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-based)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)
English testOverallListeningReadingWritingSpeaking
IELTS Academic 6.5 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT 79 16 16 21 18
Pearson PTE (Academic) 58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) 176 169 169 169 169
Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) C1 - - - -

You must take your test no more than 2 years before the start of your course.

QUT IELTS Test Centre

If you are in Australia, you can complete the IELTS proficiency exam at our IELTS test centre.

If you are registering for a TOEFL test, you can organise to send your results directly to us. Our TOEFL institution code is 9778.

I want to defer my start date

If you've already applied for admission and want to defer your start date, you can still be considered during the annual round. You must provide a formal expression of interest, including any supporting documentation, by 30 September. Email your expression of interest to

Is grazing on grapes at the supermarket stealing? Dr Paula Dootson, from QUT Business School, has studied the ongoing problem of consumer misbehaviour.

How do I apply?

When you apply to study a research degree, you’ll need to register your interest for a scholarship by completing the 'Scholarship application' section of the application form.

If you've already applied to study a research degree with us and want to be considered in the annual scholarship round, register your interest by contacting the Research Students Centre.

Read the guide to applying for research scholarships (PDF file, 1.2 MB)

Follow the step-by-step guide to apply for a research degree

Read an in-depth overview from our information sessions (PDF file, 593.9 KB)

Already a QUT research student?

If you're currently enrolled in a research masters, PhD or professional doctorate at QUT, you must apply online through HiQ between 1 September and 11.59pm on 30 September in any year.

You'll need to include an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) outlining your research achievements.
If you're applying for a QUT Women's Re-entry Scholarship (WRE), you'll need to attach a supporting statement explaining how you meet the scholarship's eligibility criteria.

Contact us

Get in touch if you've got any questions about our annual scholarship round.