QUT/NIRAKN Indigenous Postgraduate Research Award (IPRA)

Available for

You have to be applying for a QUT course to apply for this scholarship.

Student type:
  • 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)
  • Institute for Future Environments
Eligible courses:
  • IF49

Application dates

Closing date: 31 July 2017

Eligibility details

You must:

  • have a minimum upper second class honours (H2A) or equivalent
  • apply for and be accepted into a PhD at QUT
  • declare that you are of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, with supporting documentation from your community.

What you receive

You'll receive:

  • a living allowance, indexed annually ($26,682 in 2017). The scholarship is tax exempt, and is for living costs for up to three and a half years.

You can also apply for:

  • a $1,520 relocation allowance.

As a domestic research student your tuition fees will be covered by the Australian Government's Research Training Scheme.

How to apply

  1. Apply for admission to a QUT PhD by the scholarship closing date.
  2. Email Research Scholarships to advise you have submitted your application and indicate that you wish to be considered for the QUT/NIRAKN IPRA.

How to apply for a research degree

What happens next

We'll award scholarships based on academic merit, research experience, and potential.

We'll make offers by 31 August 2017. If your application is successful, you'll need to accept the offer within three weeks.

You'll be expected to begin your PhD no later than 31 October 2017.


The National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN) is a national, inclusive, multidisciplinary hub and spokes model network of Indigenous researchers at various stages of their careers.

NIRAKN members represent over 50 Aboriginal nations, as well as 21 collaborating universities, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and 5 partner organisations:

  • Ninti One
  • Healing Foundation
  • Waminda Aboriginal Women's Health Centre
  • United Nations University
  • National Congress of Australia's First Peoples.

The network is led by Indigenous senior scholars with strong research track records who bring extensive experience in collaborative and community-based research.

NIRAKN provides a platform for cross-institutional and multidisciplinary research designed to build the capacity of qualified Indigenous researchers to meet the compelling research needs of our communities. NIRAKN seeks to work strategically with our international, national and community based partner organisations to ensure NIRAKN's multidisciplinary research and capacity building program benefits our communities.

The QUT/NIRAKN Indigenous Postgraduate Research Award seeks to provide financial support to two Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander higher degree research students. The award forms part of NIRAKN efforts to create critical mass of skilled, informed and qualified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers, who can address the urgent needs of our communities, through the delivery of culturally appropriate research.


Research Scholarships

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    Kelvin Grove
  • Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

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