Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students and Current students

Study area

All study areas

Eligibility criteria

Indigenous Australian


Australian or New Zealand

What you'll receive

You'll receive:

  • a scholarship, indexed annually ($28,597 in 2021). The scholarship is tax exempt for full-time students, 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).


You must:

  • be studying or applying and eligible for admission for a PhD, research masters, or professional doctorate
  • be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and provide a confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent form stamped with a common seal belonging to a registered organisation. Find out more about confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent via the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies website.

How to apply

You must register your interest for an IPRA scholarship on your Expression of Interest (EOI) when you apply for a research degree.

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

What happens next?

If your application is successful, you will be notified within 4-6 weeks of receipt of your application.


To keep your scholarship, you must:

  • complete your study at QUT
  • be enrolled as an internal student
  • 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.

2022 Indigenous Postgraduate Research Award rules (PDF file, 346.2 KB)

About the scholarship

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

Rules for previous years of the Indigenous Postgraduate Research Award are available for reference:

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