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Postgraduate Research Support Scheme


To be eligible and have your application considered, you need to satisfy the enrolment and progression requirements, submit supporting documents and provide written support outlined below.

  1. Currently enrolled
    You need to be currently enrolled in one of the participating round 2 faculties/schools. At the application closing date your candidature cannot exceed the following full-time (or part-time equivalent) periods:
    • four years full time if you are a doctoral student
    • two years full time if you are a master’s by research student.
  2. Satisfactory progress
    Provided you are making satisfactory progress (have met or exceeded the standards on your most recent progress review) and have not exceeded the normal period of candidature (see 1. above), your application will be considered.
  3. Justification statement
    Include a brief statement justifying the need and planned use of the funds, and benefits to your candidature.
  4. Research related achievement
    Where possible, include evidence of your publications (in press or submitted), conference presentations, internal reports or other scholarly activities. This shows satisfactory progress through your previous achievements relative to opportunity and stage of candidature.
  5. Supervisor support
    You will need a letter of support from your supervisor. This can be an email or formal letter. You will need to upload a copy this letter during your application.

Number of applications

You can lodge one application in any PRSS round. If you submitted an application in the 2019 main round and were successful, you are not eligible to apply in round 2.

Doctorate students

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you may apply in any PRSS application round. You are allowed three successful applications during your candidature (four full-time years). You can only be awarded PRSS once in each calendar year.

Master’s by research students

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you may apply in any PRSS application round. You can only be awarded PRSS once during your candidature (two full-time years).

If you convert to a doctorate, the number of successful PRSS applications allowed will increase to three for the period of your candidature. This will include any successful application during your master’s degree.

Higher Degree by Research Administration Centre

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Last updated: 07 January 2020

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