QUT Postgraduate Research Award (QUTPRA) (International)

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



Application dates

Applications close
30 September 2019

What you'll receive

You'll receive:

  • a living allowance for three years, indexed annually ($27,596 in 2019). 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 September, 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

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 must apply by 30 September.

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 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

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 September.

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, 1.3 MB)

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, 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 2019 over 100 QUTPRA scholarships were awarded.

Contact us

Research Scholarships

3138 2932 or 3138 4923
+61 7 3138 1304
Postal address
Research Students Centre
GPO Box 2434
Brisbane QLD 4001

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