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Commonwealth Postgraduate Scholarships

Southern Cross University is committed to providing postgraduate students with practical assistance to complete their programs. The University offers two types of Commonwealth Scholarships to assist PhD, Professional Doctorate, and Masters by Thesis students.

Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)

The APA is funded by the Commonwealth Government, and is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, those who have permanent resident status and International Postgraduate Research Scholarship recipients. The Award provides a basic stipend of $25,849 p/a tax-free to cover living expenses (2015 rate).

There may be two application rounds each year, the second round dependent on scholarships not taken up or offered in the main round. The main round closes on 31 October of the previous year - and for this round recipients must normally commence study by March 31 of the following year. If a second round is run, it closes on 31 May each year.

In the case of a PhD or Professional Doctorate, the Award is made for three years (with a possible extension of up to six months); and in the case of a Masters by Thesis the Award is made for two years (with no provision for extension).

International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS)

This scholarships is available for PhD, Professional Doctorate, and Masters by Thesis international only students. These students must be engaging in quality research (fundamental or applied) in SCU areas of designated research priority.

The IPRS is a scholarship funded by the Australian Government for the purpose of tuition fees. In addition, an IPRS recipient may apply for an APA for the purposes of a living allowance. The scholarships will be for a period of two years for a Masters by Thesis and three years for a PhD or Professional Doctorate. Extensions beyond this will be at the discretion of the University.

Application forms, information for applicants, and scoring guidelines for APA and IPRS are available from mid-September each year. If a second round runs, the information and forms will be available from mid-April. Download the forms and associated information: List of available scholarship applications

Research Scholarships Contact

Ms Helen Wolton
Manager, Research Training Unit

t: +61 2 6626 9426
f: +61 2 6626 9145

Updated: 21 August 2015