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QUT Postgraduate Research Award (QUTPRA) (Domestic)

Future and current student scholarship
A scholarship for current and future postgraduate research students.

Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students and Current students

Study area

All study areas

Eligibility criteria

Academic performance


Australian or New Zealand

Application dates

Applications close
30 September 2018

What you'll receive

You'll receive:

  • a living allowance for three years, indexed annually ($27,596 in 2019). The scholarship is tax exempt for full-time students, and 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
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
Criteria 3
Quality of research proposal
Criteria 4
Strategic alignment with faculty research strengths and priorities
Criteria 5
High quality publications

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

Future students

Applications for our annual scholarship round are now open for students starting in 2020.

Apply for a research degree and a scholarship any time between now and 30 September 2019.

You must register your interest for a scholarship when you apply for your course by completing the 'Scholarship application' section of the research degree application form. 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.

If you have already applied for admission and want to be considered in the annual scholarship round, register your interest by contacting the Research Students Centre.

Current students

If you're currently enrolled in a research masters, PhD or professional doctorate at QUT, you must apply online through HiQ during our annual scholarship round between 1 September and 30 September.

You'll need to include an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) outlining your research achievements.

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. We expect you to begin your research degree early in the following year.

Eligibility for admission to a PhD is determined by the Research Students Centre. Scholarships 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, 140.0 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

Research Scholarships


Science and Engineering Faculty: + 61 7 3138 2932
All other faculties: +61 7 3138 4923
+61 7 3138 1304
Postal address
Research Students Centre
GPO Box 2434
Brisbane QLD 4001

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