Edith Cowan University 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.
This scholarship is for domestic students although international applicants may apply during the mid-year round only, Offers will be made based on the academic merit and research capability within the University’s research strengths and the availability of tuition fee funding of the Faculty. Please note that the availability of research scholarships is limited, therefore, simply meeting the criteria does NOT guarantee an offer.
Application Opening Date: 1 April 2014
Application Closing Date: 30 May 2014
Method of Application: Download Forms
Amount: $26,000(tax free) per annum as well as a thesis allowance
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
- 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 recipients
- Complete the Scholarship Application (.DOC) , including:
Send application to:
Submit your scholarship application and documentation by the closing date for the scholarship:
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Scholarships Officer
Edith Cowan University
270 Joondalup Drive
Joondalup, Western Australia, 6027
Your application will be assessed within four (4) weeks from the closing date and 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; 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.
- 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, the Doctor of Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health (L23) are ineligible to apply for a Postgraduate Research Scholarship.
- Applicants undertaking the four-year Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology) (U93) are only eligible to apply for a postgraduate research scholarship after the completion of the first year of the course. A scholarship will ONLY cover the three (3) years of full-time research.
- Applicants undertaking the four-year Doctor of Psychology by research (T29) are eligible to apply for a postgraduate research scholarship although the duration of the scholarship would ONLY cover three (3) years.
- Australian Citizen
- Australian Permanent Humanitarian Visa
- Australian Permanent Resident Visa
- New Zealand Citizen
Level of Study
- HDR - Higher Degree Research (including Masters by Research)
- 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)
- ECU Research Excellence Award (no application required offered dependant on ranking)
- Collaborative Research Network PhD Scholarship (CRN) (must tick box on application form and advise which CRN project area applying for)
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.
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.
Additional Eligibility requirements for International Students
- meet international student visa requirements as specified by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, including the requirement to purchase and maintain a standard Overseas Student Health Cover policy approved by the Department of Health and Ageing.
- meet all University admission requirements, including English proficiency, and be made an unconditional offer of a place in a higher degree by research (either a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master by research).
- not currently be receiving a scholarship provided by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) or have completed an AusAID scholarship within the last two years.
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.
It is expected that your application will be assessed within four (4) weeks from the closing date and you will be advised of the outcome via email as soon as possible afterwards.