The International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) program is funded and offered by the Australian Government, formerly through its Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR), but currently through its Department of Education and Training.
The IPRS program was established to maintain and develop international research linkages and specifically aims to: i). attract top quality international postgraduate students to areas of research strength in Australian higher education providers (HEPs), and ii). support Australia’s research effort.
The IPRS enables international students to undertake a postgraduate research qualification in Australia and gain experience with leading Australian researchers.
To be eligible for an IPRS, a student must:
- be an international student; and
- meet international student visa requirements as specified by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), including the requirement to purchase and maintain a standard Overseas Student Health Cover policy approved by the Commonwealth Government Department of Health and Ageing; and
- be commencing full-time enrolment for the first time in a HDR at an eligible scholarship provider in Australia; and
- be undertaking study in a subject area identified by the provider as one of its areas of research concentration; and
- not hold a research qualification regarded by the provider to be equivalent to an Australian Research Doctorate degree or, if undertaking a Research Masters degree, not hold a research qualification regarded by the provider to be equivalent to or higher than an Australian Research Masters degree; and
- not have held an Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) scholarship within the two years prior to commencing the IPRS; and
- not be receiving a scholarship for which course tuition is a component under any other scholarship scheme to which the Australian Government makes a substantial contribution.
Please note that you MUST check with the Universities of your choice if they require specific eligibility requirements.
Citizens of ALL countries (EXCEPT New Zealand)
All participating Universities and Higher Education Providers (HEPs) in Australia.
Contact details for participating universities and general information about courses offered in Australia may be obtained from the Study in Australia website.
Fields of study
All research masters and research doctorate programmes available at participating institutions
Number of Awards
A total of 330 IPRS places are awarded to Australian Higher Education Providers (HEPs) each year
The award covers a period of two (2) years for a Masters by research degree; or three (3) years for a Doctorate by research degree
The scholarship covers tuition fees and health cover costs for scholarship holders, and health cover costs for their dependents.
Funds are awarded at a cost of around $20m per annum. The allocation of IPRS grants to participating universities is based on a formula that is reflective of their overall research performance.
From 2011, commencing IPRS recipients will be able to apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award.
Method of Application
Applications for a scholarship need to be made directly to a participating Australian Universities and HEPs. HEPs are responsible for determining the selection process by which scholarships are allocated to applicants.
It is important to note that the IPRS is administered by individual universities on behalf of the Department of Education. Each university has its own application and selection process, please contact your chosen university directly to discuss how to apply for the IPRS scheme.
It is also important to visit the official Australian Government Department of Education and Training website (link to it is below) for complete information on the IPRS program.
The deadline varies among universities but is generally around May-October each year. Please contact specific institutions for their specific deadlines.
The IPRS program focuses on improving the quality of Australian research.
If you already have a graduate qualification, an IPRS scholarship lets you study in Australia with some of the best researchers in your field.
For more information, please see the official Australian Government Department of Education and Training website.
Application Deadline: May-October 2016
Open to International Applications: Yes
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