Research scholarships

The Graduate Research School manages a number of scholarship schemes that provide financial assistance to support students while they are studying.  Some scholarships provide a stipend and cover tuition fees while others only provide partial funding.

The standard duration of scholarships is two years for a masters by research degree and three years for a doctoral degree. However, study already completed in the course prior to the award of the scholarship may be deducted from the tenure of the scholarship.

What scholarships can I apply for?

Eligibility requirement for scholarships varies depending on funding rules and guidelines. Students must check if they are eligible for the scholarships they are interested in via Curtin dedicated scholarships website. This website provides a scholarship email alert service where an email is generated to students’ nominated email account whenever a scholarship that matches students’ criteria becomes available. To sign up for the newsletter, visit the subscription page.

Are there any fees involved?

Effective from 1 January 2017, under the Research Training Program (RTP), Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents undertaking higher degrees by research are provided a combination of a Curtin and Commonwealth (RTP Fee Offset Scholarship) subsidy to offset the tuition fees which would otherwise have been payable by the student.

International HDR student enrolments at Curtin do attract tuition fees and further information can be found on the Fee Schedules website.

Scholarship opportunities are available throughout the year for both international and domestic students; current and future students.

Information for:

Australian residents

Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) / Curtin University Postgraduate Scholarships (CUPS)

  • Includes Australian citizens, Australian Permanent Residents, New Zealand citizens and students on Humanitarian visas.
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)/Curtin University Postgraduate Scholarships (CUPS) open each year from 1st August and closes on 31 October.
  • Successful APA and CUPS applicants receive the basic scholarship of $26,288 (2016 rate) plus a Curtin Research Scholarship top up giving a total scholarship value of $32,500 and $27,500 for APA and CUPS respectively.
  • Eligibility and scholarships application forms will be available on the scholarships website when the round is open.
  • Interested future students are encouraged to apply for admission before the scholarships round is open via eApplication.
  • Once you have an offer of admission from Curtin, you are ready to apply for APA/CUPS on 1st August.
  • Please follow the “How to Apply” instructions on the scholarships website. You need to submit a completed application form, attach required documents and email it to research_scholarships@curtin.edu.au.
  • Applicants must obtain reports from two referees who are able to comment on their academic/professional performance in relation to the proposed area of research. Reports must be received by 31st October.
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted after the closing date.

Scholarship Selection Criteria includes:

  • Academic Qualifications;
  • Achievement of candidacy;
  • Work related research experience;
  • Academic Accomplishment e.g. award or prizes;
  • Research and creative output in the last 5 years, excluding career breaks;
  • Referee reports.

International students

International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) and Curtin Strategic International Research Scholarship (CSIRS)

  • The IPRS and CSIRS open each year on 1st June and closes on 31st August.
  • Students interested in 2017 IPRS/CSIRS are encouraged to apply for admission online before the round opens.
  • These scholarships cover tuition fees and provide a stipend equivalent to an APA which in 2016 is $26,288. IPRS candidates will have their Overseas Student Health Cover fully paid for the student and the family; CSIRS candidates will have a single basic Overseas Student Health Cover paid for.
  • Applicants who do not meet English entry requirements by the specified date on the scholarships website will not be considered for IPRS/CSIRS;
  • Applicants whose English is conceded by the enrolling area are eligible for admission only but not eligible for scholarships unless approved by the Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research Training.
  • Once you have received an admission offer, you are ready to apply for these scholarships when the round opens on 1st June.
  • The 2017 IPRS/CSIRS scholarship application form will be available on the scholarships website from 1st June 2016. Please follow the ‘How to Apply’ instructions on the scholarships website. You will need to complete the scholarship application form and attached all required document and submit via email to research_scholarships@curtin.edu.au.
  • Applicants must obtain reports from two referees who are able to comment on their academic/professional performance in relation to the proposed area of research. Reports must be received by 31st August.
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted after the closing date.

Scholarship Selection Criteria includes:

  • Academic Qualifications;
  • Achievement of candidacy;
  • Work related research experience;
  • Academic Accomplishment e.g. award or prizes;
  • Research and creative output in the last 5 years, excluding career breaks;
  • Referee reports

Curtin International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (CIPRS)

  • The CIPRS provides for tuition fees plus a stipend to cover living expenses. Students cannot apply for these scholarships but must be nominated by their proposed supervisor and approved by the faculty.

Current students

Completion Scholarship

  • Completion scholarships open twice a year on 1st February and 1st July. 
  • This scholarship scheme is designed to provide financial assistance to Doctoral candidates during the final four months of their full-time enrolment. 
  • The successful candidate will receive $6,000 in 3 equal instalments over four months. International students will also have their tuition fees paid for during the four months period.
  • Scholarship eligibility and application forms will be available on the Curtin Scholarships website when the rounds are open.

Publication Scholarship

  • This scholarship will open twice a year on 1st February and 1st July. 
  • Curtin encourages HDR students to publish the results of their research in peer-reviewed scholarly media appropriate to their discipline. The Publication Scholarship is available to Doctoral students who have submitted their thesis for examination to spend up to six weeks preparing publications for high impact journals or equivalent media.
  • Successful candidates will receive a fortnightly stipend equivalent to the value of the current APA rate for the six weeks duration.
  • Scholarship eligibility and application forms will be available on the Curtin Scholarships website when the rounds are open.

Mobility Scholarship

  • Curtin is committed to increasing its global presence and developing international research collaborations. Graduate Research School would like to offer a number of international mobility scholarships to HDR students as part of the broader international research engagement strategy.
  • The scholarship will open for application in January and June each year.
  • The purpose of the scholarship is to provide students with the opportunity to enhance their research experience with a leading overseas university, research institution or industry partner. Thus, the travel must not be essential to the completion of their thesis.
  • Students must spend between six to eight weeks overseas. Successful candidates may receive up to a maximum of $6000.
  • Scholarship eligibility and application forms will be available on the Curtin Scholarships website when the rounds are open.

Research Scholarship forms