Australian Government Postgraduate Research Scholarships for International Students 


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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.

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

A total of 330 IPRS places are awarded to Australian Higher Education Providers (HEPs) each year

The deadline varies among universities but is generally from May until October each year. Please contact specific institutions for their specific deadlines. PLEASE NOTE: 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.


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.

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