Indigenous Postgraduate Research Award (IPRA)

Available for

Student type:
  • Future domestic research students
  • Current domestic research students
  • Of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent
Study type:
  • Postgraduate research
  • Business
  • Creative Industries
  • Education
  • Health
  • Law
  • Science and Engineering
  • Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI)
  • Institute for Future Environments

Eligibility details

You must:

  • have a 4-year bachelor degree
  • be studying or applying for a PhD, masters by research, or professional doctorate
  • declare to be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

What you receive

You'll receive:

  • a scholarship, indexed annually ($26,288 in 2016). 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).

How to apply

Future students

Apply for a research course by 30 September and indicate on your application that you want to be considered for a scholarship as part of our annual scholarship round.

You'll be considered for all scholarships you're eligible for.

Current students

If you're currently enrolled in a research masters, PhD or professional doctorate at QUT, you must apply online through QUT Virtual during our annual scholarship round 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 (i.e. publications).

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.

Scholarship payments for enrolled students begin on 1 January.


Read the Indigenous Postgraduate Research Award rules (PDF file, 170.2 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 research students through the Indigenous Postgraduate Research Award (IPRA). We usually offer one IPRA each year.


Research Scholarships

  • Level 4, 88 Musk Avenue
    Kelvin Grove
  • Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

  • Postal address:
    Research Students Centre
    GPO Box 2434
    Brisbane QLD 4001