Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students



What you'll receive

You'll receive:

  • a living allowance for 1.5 years, indexed annually ($27,596 in 2019). The scholarship is for full-time students, and can be used to support living costs
  • a research degree tuition fee sponsorship together with OSHC.


You must:

  • meet the admission criteria for a Master of Philosophy
  • apply for and be accepted into a Master of Philosophy
  • be a new and commencing international student
  • be a citizen from:
    • Bhutan
    • Tonga
    • Indonesia
    • Philippines
    • Nepal
    • India
    • Bangladesh
    • Pakistan
    • Vietnam
    • Maldives
    • Laos
    • Mongolia
    • Sri Lanka
    • Tajikistan
    • Kazakhstan
    • Papua New Guinea
    • Pacific
    • Latin America
    • Africa

By September 30 2019 you must also:

QUT Master of Philosophy Development Scholarships are not Australian Government funded scholarships. You and any dependants are not exempt from visa application fees under this scholarship.

English language requirements

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.

Faculty criteria

Depending on the faculty you'll be studying in, you may have to meet specific eligibility criteria.

Creative Industries Faculty

Criteria 1
Academic record reflecting outstanding performance
Criteria 2
Quality of the research project proposal
Criteria 3
Strategic alignment with faculty priority areas
Criteria 4
Research environment and supervisory team

Faculty of Education

Criteria 1
Grade point average (GPA) of at least 6
Criteria 2
Academic record reflecting outstanding performance
Criteria 3
Demonstrated research aptitude (evidence of engagement with literature, knowledge of research methods and academic writing skills)
Criteria 4
Strategic alignment with faculty
Criteria 5
Research, clinical or professional experience reflecting outstanding research skills

Faculty of Health

Applicants are assessed against the following three criteria. You must achieve a score of 5-7 against these criteria to be considered for a scholarship.

Criteria 1
Academic record and research achivements - relative to opportunity
Criteria 2
The research environment and supervisory team
Criteria 3
Research project and strategic alignment - relative to stage of candidature

Faculty of Law

Criteria 1
Academic excellence exceeding the minimum required for entry
Criteria 2
Research or professional experience reflecting outstanding research skills, and/or high quality publications
Criteria 3
Quality of research proposal
Criteria 4
Strategic alignment with faculty research strengths and priorities

QUT Business School

Criteria 1
A high grade point average (GPA)
Criteria 2
Demonstration of a high level of research aptitude and skill, beyond the minimum standard required for entry
Criteria 3
Strategic alignment with faculty or school research priorities
Criteria 4
Submission of a high quality research proposal

Science and Engineering Faculty

Criteria 1
Grade point average (GPA) of at least 6
Criteria 2
Publications and conference or journal patents
Criteria 3
Research, lab, field and professional experience
Criteria 4
Strategic alignment with faculty research strengths and priorities
Criteria 5
English language proficiency level (benchmarked and ranked against an overall score higher than QUT's minimum English test requirements, or a comparison for approved QUT EMI equivalence)

How to apply

Apply for a Master of Philosophy degree and a scholarship between now and 30 September 2019.

You must register your interest for a scholarship when you apply for your Master of Philosophy by completing the 'Scholarship Application' section of the research degree application form. Indicate on your application that you want to be considered for this scholarship as part of our annual scholarship round. You must apply by 30 September.

I've already applied for my course

If you have already applied for admission and hold a current offer of admission or have been approved a deferral of admission, and you want to be considered in the annual scholarship round for this scholarship, register your interest by contacting the Research Students Centre. You must register your interest via email by 30 September.

Read our guide to applying for research scholarships (PDF file, 1.3 MB)

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

What happens next?

We'll assess applications and make offers in mid-November.

If your scholarship application is successful, you'll need to accept the offer by the response date provided in your offer. You will be able to commence your studies at any time from the date of offer.

Eligibility for admission and scholarship applications for a Master of Philosophy is determined by the Faculty you’re applying to study with.


Your scholarship will end when you submit your thesis, or at the end of the award's tenure, whichever comes first.

To keep your scholarship, you must:

  • make satisfactory progress in your studies
  • remain studying at QUT
  • be enrolled as an internal student
  • remain studying full time.

You can't:

  • hold another scholarship that is worth more than 75% of the Master of Philosophy Development Scholarship.

Full terms and conditions (PDF file, 377.9 KB)

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