There are a range of government and University funded scholarships available to support you during your candidature.
In addition to these competitive rounds, there are other opportunities which include externally funded major awards, top-ups, industry programs and placements, allowances for operating costs, and travel scholarships.
There are major and mid-year round opportunities for both domestic and international students. If you submit an application during the application rounds, you will automatically be considered for all of the scholarships available in the round. Only a subset of the opportunities available are offered during the major and mid-year rounds. All other opportunities usually require a separate and specific application and you will find this information attached to the funding opportunity listed.
Domestic scholarship rounds
The majority of Government and University funded scholarships are offered in the major round with a modest allocation of scholarships available in the mid-year round. All scholarships include tuition fees and a living allowance. The Australian Government and Research Training Program Scholarship Policy details the scope and provisions of the award. Other awards with individual eligibility criteria may be offered in the major round and you will be considered for all of these, according to the specific criteria for each award.
Major scholarships available Intake Open and closing dates Outcomes announced Major round Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships (RTPS), University of Adelaide Divisional Scholarships, Master of Philosophy (No Honours), University of Adelaide Indigenous Research Scholarship, University of Adelaide Special Circumstances Scholarship Semester 1 1 September – 31 October Mid December Mid-year round (subject to availability) University of Adelaide Divisional Scholarships, Master of Philosophy (No Honours) Semester 2 1 May – 16 June Late July
If you have a completed Bachelor degree and no other postgraduate qualifications, you will be considered for the Master of Philosophy (No Honours) scholarships. Applicants who fall into this pool are ranked using the cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) from their undergraduate program and scholarships are awarded to the highest ranked applicants.
Applicants who hold an Honours degree, postgraduate qualifications with a significant research component, or have significant research experience and/or publications, are considered for Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships, University Divisional Scholarships and other major and supplementary awards. For applicants who hold a postgraduate qualification (or equivalent) the Undergraduate Score and the Postgraduate Score are used to formulate the ranking of each application in this pool. The Undergraduate Score is derived from the academic results from an applicant’s undergraduate degree. The Postgraduate score may be comprised of one or more of the following: Honours results, postgraduate research degree results, publications and significant relevant research experience.
International scholarship rounds
The majority of Government and University funded scholarships are offered in the major round with a modest allocation of scholarships available in the mid-year round. All scholarships include tuition fees and a living allowance.
The Australian Government and Research Training Program Scholarship Policy details the scope and provisions of the award. The terms and conditions of University awards are available at the links below.
Major scholarships available Intake Open and closing dates Outcomes announced Major round Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships (RTPS), Adelaide Scholarships International Semester 1, 2020 1 May 2019 – 31 August 2019 Early November 2019
(University of Adelaide Students Only)
Adelaide Graduate Research Scholarships, Master of Philosophy (No Honours) Semester 1, 2020 16 May 2019 – 31 October 2019 Mid December 2019 Mid-year round Adelaide Scholarships International Semester 2, 2020 1 September 2019 - 1 December 2019 Early March 2020
Mid-year round(University of Adelaide Students Only)
Adelaide Graduate Research Scholarships, Master of Philosophy (No Honours) Semester 2, 2020 1 November 2019 – 15 May 2020 Late July 2020
You can be considered for international research scholarships once you meet all of the following criteria and your application is complete:
- All qualifications have been satisfactorily completed (unless you are a currently enrolled student at the University of Adelaide). If you have a qualification in progress, you will not be eligible for consideration until you provide evidence of completion or, if you do not intend to complete, evidence of withdrawal.
- Minimum English language proficiency requirements
- Project approval where autonomous sanctions apply
Note, international applicants will only be eligible to be considered for the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (RTPS) if they hold a qualification regarded by the University of Adelaide to be equivalent to:
- An Australian Research Doctorate degree, if applying for a Doctor of Philosophy, or
- An Australian Research Masters degree or higher, if applying for a Research Master
RTPS for international students are only offered in the major round.
Q: What is an Australian Honours Degree?
A: In Australia an Honours degree is generally a one year qualification taken after an undergraduate degree and involves further study in a particular discipline area. In some areas, Honours is available as part of the final year of a four year undergraduate degree. It is recognised as a prestigious qualification that further develops research, writing and organisational skills. It also demonstrates an ability to undertake high-level study.
Q: How will my overseas qualification(s) be assessed?
A: All qualifications from overseas institutions will be assessed in comparison to the Australian Quality Framework (AQF), according to the Country Education Profile (CEP) guidelines provided by Australian Education International (AEI).
Q: My grades from the overseas institution I studied at do not compare with the Australian system. Will this be taken into consideration?
A: Yes, your qualifications will be assessed using the Country Education Profile (CEP) guidelines and results will be scaled accordingly.
Q: Will the publications and/or research experience I have gained since completing my qualification(s) add weight to my application?
A: If you ensure that your publication(s) and/or relevant research experience is detailed in your application and uploaded resume, it will be considered. However, the Graduate Scholarships Committee will pay close attention to the quality of the journal in which the work is published as well as your contribution to the publication. Research outputs are usually assessed in light of the opportunities you might have had subsequent to your initial graduation.
Q: What is the likelihood of winning an international scholarship for a graduate research degree?
A: Each round we receive hundreds of applications for a small number of scholarships. The standard of applicants is always extremely high, and the selection process is very competitive. Applicants who rank highly typically have a completed Masters degree, which includes a significant research component and several quality international journal publications. In addition to formal qualifications, extensive relevant work and research experience is required. The few applicants who win a scholarship directly out of undergraduate studies have exceptional academic results, high quality international publications and outstanding references.
These generous, life-changing scholarships support postgraduate study at the world’s leading institutions, including the University of Adelaide.
For exceptional Australian scholars with a drive to make a difference, find out how these programs can support you to make a real impact on the world.
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