Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students and Current students

Study area

All study areas

Eligibility criteria

Academic performance


Australian or New Zealand

What you'll receive

You'll receive:

  • a living allowance for three years, indexed annually ($28,597 in 2021). The scholarship can be used to support living costs.


You must:

This scholarship is not available for masters students.

Faculty criteria

Depending on the faculty you'll be studying in, you will 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
Academic record reflecting outstanding performance
Criteria 2
Demonstrated research aptitude and achievement - relevant to opportunity
Criteria 3
Strategic alignment with faculty research strengths and priorities
Criteria 4
Professional experience relevant to the proposed project
Criteria 5
Quality of the research proposal

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 achievements - relative to opportunity
Criteria 2
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/or skill, beyond the minimum standard required for entry
Criteria 3
Strategic alignment with faculty research strengths and 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/journal/patents
Criteria 3
Research, lab, field and professional experience
Criteria 4
Strategic alignment with faculty research strengths, priorities and values
Criteria 5
School and supervisor support
Criteria 6
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

Future students

We have moved to a two-step application process, with an Expression of Interest (EOI) followed by an application if you are invited to apply on the basis of your EOI.

You must have submitted your EOI by by 11:59pm AEST on 20 September 2020 to ensure inclusion in the annual scholarship round.

If your EOI is successful you will be invited to submit an application. Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm AEST on 30 October 2020.

If you submitted an application prior to Monday 17 August 2020 and indicated that you wished to be considered for a scholarship you will automatically be included in the round.

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

Current students

Applications have closed for the 2021 annual scholarship round.

What happens next?

We'll assess applications and make offers in mid-December. If your scholarship application is successful, you'll need to accept the offer by the response date provided in your offer. We expect you to begin your research degree early in the following year.

Eligibility for admission to a PhD is determined by the Graduate Research Centre. Scholarship applications will be assessed 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.

Read the terms and conditions (PDF file, 301.5 KB) for this scholarship.

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 QUT Postgraduate Research Award (Domestic).

About the scholarship

We are building research excellence by supporting students of exceptional research potential with QUTPRAs. The number of QUTPRAs offered varies from year to year. In 2018 over 100 QUTPRA scholarships were awarded.

Contact us

Graduate Research Centre

3138 7200
Int. phone
+61 7 3138 7200
Postal address
Graduate Research Centre
GPO Box 2434
Brisbane QLD 4001

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