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ECU Postgraduate Research Scholarship (ECUPRS)

ECU Postgraduate Research Scholarship (ECUPRS)

This scholarship is designed to support postgraduate students of exceptional research promise to study full-time at Edith Cowan University in a Doctoral degree (PhD) or Master by research. The scholarship is offered on the basis of academic merit and research performance.

Application opening date: 1 August 2016
Application closing date: 28 October 2016
Method of application: Download forms


Amount: $27,000 per annum as well as a thesis allowance
Frequency: Fortnightly
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):

Send application to:

Submit your scholarship application and documentation by the closing date for the scholarship:

By email:
Or post:

Research Scholarships Officer
Scholarships Office
Edith Cowan University
270 Joondalup Drive
Joondalup, Western Australia, 6027

You will be advised of the outcome via email as soon as possible afterwards.

Eligibility Requirements

Course Requirements
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; or
  • one year of a higher degree; or
  • one year of a Masters preliminary or other qualifying programme; or
  • 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.

Please note:

  • 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‚Äôs discretion for an ECUPRS recipient.
  • Another substantial scholarship provided by ECU (e.g., faculty, school or research centre scholarship) or an external provider.

Other exclusions/limitations

  • 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

  • HDR - Higher Degree Research (including Masters by Research)


  • Any


  • Any

Study Mode

  • Full-time on-campus

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)

Applicant Information:

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 ReportsIt 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.

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