These scholarships are designed to support postgraduate students of exceptional research promise to study full-time at ECU in a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or research Master degree. The scholarship is offered on the basis of academic merit and research performance.
The Australian Postgraduate Award is funded by the Australian Commonwealth Government and administered by ECU.
Application opening date: 1 March 2016
Application closing date: 13 May 2016
Method of application: Download forms, email or post application
Amount: $27,000 per annum, plus a thesis allowance and a relocation allowance (where applicable)
Method: Electronic funds transfer
- 1-2 years for a Master by research dependant on course length
- Up to 3 years for a Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)
Step by step guide to applying
You need to follow these steps to apply for a scholarship for a Masters by research or Doctor of Philosophy course (Higher Degree by Research):
- Before you apply for a scholarship, you must apply for admission into a Higher Degree by Research course. Only applicants with a course offer will be considered for Scholarship. Applicants intending to apply for Scholarship should use the Expression of Interest form to determine if they will be invited to apply at least four weeks before the Scholarship due date.
- We encourage all applicants to read the Scholarship Conditions: APA, ECU-PRS and ECU Research Excellence Awards (PDF) to understand the application process, selection criteria and the requirements on them as scholarship
- Complete the Scholarship Application (.DOC), including:
- Outline of your research topic
- Information on your research publications or research grants you have received: Documenting Your Research Experience (PDF)
- Academic Referees to support your scholarship application, using the PG Academic Referee Report (PDF)
Send application to:
Submit your scholarship application and documentation by the closing date for the scholarship:
By email: email@example.com
Research Scholarships Officer
Edith Cowan University
270 Joondalup Drive
Joondalup, Western Australia, 6027
You will be advised of the outcome via email as soon as possible afterwards.
Applicants should have completed at least four years of tertiary education study at a high level of achievement for example:
- Four year degree (e.g. Engineering or Law)
- Three year degree and one of the following:
- Honours year
- one year of a higher degree
- one year of a Masters preliminary or other qualifying programme
- Postgraduate diploma
The awardees should also have:
- Completed a Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours, or be regarded by the ECU as having an equivalent level of attainment
- Must have their course application for study in the PhD or Master by research programme approved by ECU before being considered for an offer of a scholarship
Where an offer of a place in the course is conditional, an applicant is normally not eligible for scholarship consideration until that condition has been met
- The intention to undertake study in a course and research topic within one of the University's areas of research activity
- not all degree combinations will be considered by the University to be equivalent to an Australian First Class Honours degree
- a student with a two-year Masters degree, but no Bachelors degree, may be considered with other masters graduates if the University regards this as equivalent.
To be eligible applicants must not have previously gained or currently hold any of the following:
- Research doctorate, which is deemed the equivalent of an Australian research doctorate degree
- Master by research degree if seeking admission to Master by research degree
- Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), an APA (Industry) or an Australian Government-funded Postgraduate Research Award (excluding an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship), unless it was terminated within six months of the commencement of benefits. This condition may be relaxed at the University's discretion for an ECUPRS recipient
- Another substantial scholarship provided by ECU (e.g., faculty, school or research centre scholarship) or an external provider
- Applicants enrolled in, or intending to enrol in, Doctor of Philosophy - Integrated (J42) are only eligible to apply for a postgraduate research scholarship after the completion of the first year (full-time equivalent) of the course. A scholarship will ONLY cover the three (3) years of full-time research
- Australian citizen
- Australian permanent humanitarian visa
- Australian permanent resident visa
- New Zealand citizen
Level of study:
- Higher degree research (including Masters by Research)
Year of study:
Related Scholarship/s: the below scholarship/s are assessed together and do not require a separate application.
- ECU Postgraduate Research Scholarship (ECUPRS)
- Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)
Information for Current Honours and Master by research students
Students currently enrolled in their qualifying Honours or Master by research degree must ensure that their thesis is submitted in sufficient time * for an examination result to be available for the scholarship round.
* Examiners take approximately 4 weeks to examine an Honours thesis and approximately 6 weeks to examine a Masters by research thesis, however, examination times may vary.
It is important to ensure your application includes as much information as possible together with the supporting documentation as following the closing date, additional documents cannot be added to an application.
Referee Reports - It is highly recommended that each applicant make arrangements for the provision of two (2) academic referee reports. Academic Referee Reports may be used in the assessment process of a scholarship application. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that referee
reports are returned to the Research Scholarships Officer by the scholarship closing date.
Documents in a language other than English It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all documentation presented in a foreign language is also accompanied by an authorised English translation. This means that applicants must provide copies of the qualification or documentation
in the original language and an official English translation.
Selection for a postgraduate research scholarship is based on academic merit and research capability within the University's research strengths.
Successful applicants typically have first class honours or have completed a Master degree by research with additional research output such as research publications and/or successful research grant applications and research experience.