International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) for International Students at University of Adelaide

The International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) scheme is funded by the Commonwealth Government through the Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations (DEEWR).

Its purpose is to attract high quality overseas postgraduate students to areas of research strength in higher education institutions to support Australia’s research effort.
Host Schools
The University of Adelaide, Adelaide; Australia

Course of studyFields in Agriculture, Environment, Mineral and Energy Resources, Social Innovation, Health and Biomedical Sciences, Sensing and computation, and Fundamental Disciplines

Number of awardsApproximately 15 scholarships may be available in 2014 for international students from any country undertaking postgraduate research in areas of University research strengths.

Sponsorship duration / Scholarship benefitsThe IPRS provides:
1.    Course tuition fees for two years for a Masters degree by Research and three years for a Doctoral research degree (an extension is possible for doctoral programs only);
2.    All successful IPRS applicants will also receive an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) which provides an annual living allowance of approximately $23,728 (2012 value) for the normal duration of the program; and
3.    If the award holder holds a subclass 574 visa the award covers the cost of compulsory standard Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) Worldcare policy for the student and their spouse and dependents (if any) for the period of the scholarship. If the award holder does not hold a subclass 574 visa then he/she is responsible for the cost of health insurance.
Please note that the scholarship does NOT cover visa application fees.

EligibilityApplicants should hold at least the equivalent of an Australian First Class Honours degree. This is a four year degree with a major research project in the final year. Other criteria that will be taken into consideration is undergraduate performance, bachelor and honours awards and scholarships, other postgraduate degrees, publications in refereed journals, the presentation of conference papers and relevant industry experience.

Applications for these scholarships are always highly competitive. Generally IPRS recipients have completed a Masters degree including a significant research component and have several publications and relevant work and research experience.

Other Conditions•    IPRS Scholarships will be awarded on academic merit and to applicants applying research strength. Extra-curricular achievements will not be considered.
•    Citizens and Permanent Residents of Australia, and citizens of New Zealand are ineligible.
•    Those undertaking research via remote candidature are ineligible.
•    Candidates who have applied for Australian permanent resident status are ineligible to apply.
•    International applicants are not eligible for an IPRS if they have already commenced the degree for which they are seeking an award, unless they can establish that they were unable to apply for an IPRS in the previous calendar year.
•    International applicants must not hold a research qualification regarded by the University of Adelaide to be equivalent to an Australian Research Doctorate degree or, if undertaking a Research Masters degree, not hold a research qualification regarded by the University of Adelaide to be equivalent to or higher than an Australian Research Masters degree.
•    International applicants who have not provided evidence of their meeting English language proficiency requirements by the closing date are not eligible for an IPRS.
•    Candidates are required to enrol in the University of Adelaide as ‘International students’ and must maintain ‘International student’ status for the duration of their enrolment in the University.
•    To be eligible for an IPRS scholarship a student must not have held an AusAID scholarship within the 2 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 Commonwealth Government makes a substantial contribution.
•    Scholarships holders must commence study at The University of Adelaide in Semester 1 or Semester 2, 2014. No IPRS may be commenced after 31 August.
•    Scholarship winners will not be permitted to defer commencement until 2015.
•    Applicants who applied in previous international major scholarship rounds are not eligible to apply again.
•    The offer of an IPRS-APA scholarship is contingent upon a student not being offered another award by the Commonwealth of Australia, The University of Adelaide, or an overseas sponsor. The University reserves the right to withdraw an offer of a scholarship at any time prior to enrolment if it is advised that a awardee has been offered a scholarship equal to or in excess of the financial value of the award offered by the University

Eligible groupsCitizens of all countries, EXCEPT citizens and Permanent Residents of Australia and New Zealand

Method of ApplicationTo apply, complete the “Postgraduate Research Application Form” and indicate your desire to be considered for a scholarship in the Financial Support section of the form.

DEADLINES:The Application Deadline date is 31st August of every year. The university strongly recommends that all applicants submit their application and all required documents well before the closing date. Incomplete applications at the scholarship application deadline will not be considered for a scholarship.

PLEASE NOTE:Applicants will be notified by email by the end of November 2013 regarding the outcome of their scholarship application.

ContactFor further inquiries:
Adelaide Graduate Centre;
Level 6; 115 Grenfell Street
The University of Adelaide; SA 5005, Australia.
Telephone: +61 8 8303 5882
Facsimile: +61 8 8303 5725
To apply, click here


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