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Inspiring Minds Research Scholarship

Are you thinking of furthering your career with a research degree and solving real world problems? The Inspiring Minds Scholarship is available to Australian residents and is valued at $40,000 per annum and offers you the opportunity to undertake a PhD at Edith Cowan University. These scholarships link exceptional students with highly qualified supervisors and research facilities in health, education, engineering, environment, business, communications and creative arts.

Important dates

Opens: 7-08-2017 Closes: 20-10-2017

Applies to

Domestic Postgraduate Research

At a glance

  • This scholarship is open to individuals who are prospective and current ECU students.
  • Questions about this scholarship can be directed to

Eligibility guidelines

To be eligible applicants must have met the minimum requirements below:

  • Have been made an unconditional offer of place in an ECU higher degree by research course*

And at least one of the following:

  • Completed an Australian first class Bachelor Honours Degree (H1)*.
  • Completed a Master’s Degree with the equivalent of at least 6 months full time research and a minimum course weighted average of 70%*.
  • A current research doctoral enrolment with a timely Confirmation of Candidature.
  • Completed your first year of an ECU Integrated PhD (J42) with a minimum course weighted average of 80%*.
  • Produced at least one of the research outputs below as the sole or first author:
    • refereed article in a scholarly journal
    • refereed full written conference publication
    • scholarly research book or book chapter
    • commissioned or peer reviewed creative work, or refereed exhibition of creative artefacts
    • creative or design work that has received respected public/industry reviews in state or national/international media;
    • creative or design work that is the recipient of a grant from authorised philanthropic trusts and/or state and federal arts funding body

Special exemption from the above requirements may be granted by the Associate Dean (Research) of the relevant School where an adequate case has been made by a potential supervisor.

*If you have submitted an application for course entry and have not yet been issued an offer, or you are currently enrolled in a Bachelor Honours Degree, a Master’s Degree or Integrated PhD you can apply for this scholarship and your application will be assessed conditional on achieving the minimum requirements.

You are not eligible to apply for this scholarship if any of the below apply:

  • You have been given entry to the ECU Integrated PhD (J42) and you have not yet completed your first year.
  • You have completed an Australian Research Doctorate Degree or equivalent.
  • You have completed a Master by Research and you are seeking admission to an ECU Master by Research.
  • You are have been in receipt of an Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) scholarship within the last two years.

Terms and conditions

How to apply

To apply for this scholarship, you must first apply for admission into a Higher Degree by Research course if you are not already enrolled then complete the ECU higher degree by research scholarship application and indicate you wish to be considered for the Inspiring Minds Scholarship.

Application is made via the ECU Online Scholarship Application Portal by selecting Edith Cowan HDR Scholarships. Access to the portal is available between application opening and closing dates.

For more information

If you are interested in the School of Medical and Health Science’s research strengths, please visit the School’s web page.

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