Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students and Current students

Study area

All study areas

Eligibility criteria

Academic performance



Application dates

Applications close
30 October 2020

What you'll receive

You'll receive:

  • a living allowance for three years, indexed annually ($28,092 in 2020). The scholarship is for full-time students, and can be used to support living costs.

International students may also receive:

  • a research degree tuition fee sponsorship.


You must:

This scholarship is not available for masters students.

By 30 October, you must also:

QUT Postgraduate Research Award 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 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
Applicants are assessed against criteria 1-3. Applicants must meet a score of 5-7 against the faculty scholarship criteria to be considered for a scholarship.

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 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 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

From Monday 17 August, QUT will be moving to a two-step application process, with an Expression of Interest (EOI) followed by a full application by applicants who are invited to apply on the basis of their EOI.

Applicants must submit their EOI by Sunday 20 September 2020 to ensure inclusion in the annual scholarship round.

Applicants with a successful EOI will be invited to submit a full application - full applications must be submitted by Friday 30 October 2020.

Applicants who have submitted an application prior to Monday 17 August 2020 and have indicated that they wish to be considered for a scholarship will be automatically included in the round.

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.

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, register your interest by contacting the Graduate Research Centre. You must register your interest via email by 30 October.

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

Current students

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

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

Read our guide to applying for research scholarships(PDF file, 243.5 KB)

What happens next?

We'll assess applications and make offers in 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. 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, 370.9 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 2020 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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