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James Cook University Postgraduate Research Scholarships for Australian and International Students

James Cook University Postgraduate Research Scholarships for Australian and International Students

JCU Competitive Research Scholarships

Every year James Cook University via the Graduate Research School is able to provide scholarships, in the form of a stipend or living allowance, to selected Higher Degree by Research candidates.  The scholarship is to cover the living expenses of excellent candidates so that they can focus on their studies and be supported to successful completion of their degree.

Scholarships are awarded to the top ranking applicants given that more scholarship applications are received than scholarships available.

James Cook University offers three types of competitive scholarship:

  • Research Training Program Scholarships (for both domestic and international applicants, replaces the APA and IPRS)
  • JCU Postgraduate Research Scholarship (for both domestic and international applicants)
  • AIMS@JCU Scholarship (for both domestic and international applicants)

The award value is $26,288 (2016 rate) per annum, paid as a fortnightly stipend.

Application Opening and Closing Dates

Applications for 2017 will open in early July 2016.

Application closing dates:

Deadline 1 – 31 August 2016

This is the due date for applications from international applicants. International applicants are defined as applicants other than Australian citizens/New Zealand citizens/Australian permanent residents.  A complete application for all international applicants, including proof of English Language proficiency must be submitted online by midnight AEST on this date.

Deadline 1 – 31 October 2016

This is the due date for applications from domestic applicants only.  Domestic applicants are defined as Australian citizens/New Zealand citizens/Australian permanent residents.  A complete application for all domestic applicants must be submitted online by midnight AEST on this date.

Application Requirements

All competitive JCU scholarship applicants must ensure they:

  1. Consulted the 2017 Scholarship Scoring Procedure to check their eligibility and competitiveness.
  2. Submitted a completed application for candidature a Higher Degree by Research, or be currently enrolled in an eligible degree at JCU.
  3. Submitted a completed scholarship application by the deadline for that scholarship.
  4. Demonstrated English Language proficiency at Band 3a by the application deadline if not already enrolled in a Higher Degree by Research at JCU.  Band 3a means that the applicant must have an IELTS of 7.0 with no component lower than 6.5, or the equivalent in the TOEFL or Pearson tests.
  5. Have an Advisory Panel which complies with the HDR Supervision Procedure.
  6. Are not in receipt of major stipend funding (>75% of 2016 standard rate, approximately $19,700 per year), although candidates already receiving a stipend may be eligible for a “top-up” scholarship.
  7. Will be based on a JCU campus (enrolled as an ‘internal’ candidate)  to undertake the degree unless formal approval has been granted to be off-campus.
  8. Will be enrolled as a full-time candidate unless formal approval has been granted for part-time enrolment.
  9. Have completed the degree used to contribute to the scholarship score and degree entry criteria by 21 January 2017 (grades finalised and completion of all degree requirements confirmed by institution).
  10. Will be available to commence their scholarship before the 1 July 2017, otherwise the scholarship offer will lapse.
  11. Include a completed and approved AIMS@JCU coversheet (AIMS@JCU scholarship applicants only)
  12. Possess at least one of the following qualifications:
  • Honours
  • Masters by Research
  • Postgraduate Degree with significant Research Component
  • Bachelor or Postgraduate degree with a research component (minimum of 3 months) and senior authorship of an ERA eligible publication
  • A Graduate Diploma or Certificate in Research Methods with an undergraduate degree of at least 3 years
  • Current enrolment in a Higher Degree by Research at JCU

How To Apply

If you are currently enrolled in a Higher Degree by Research at JCU, go directly to step 2.

  1. First submit an application for HDR candidature.  To do this go to the Graduate Research School ‘How to Apply’ page and follow the instructions.
  2. Once you have completed your candidature application, or if you are already enrolled in a Higher Degree by Research at JCU, go to the ‘My Scholarship Applications’ tab in eStudent to submit your scholarship application.

Where do I go for help?

Applicants are encouraged to speak to their prospective Advisors regarding their intention to apply for a scholarship. Specific questions regarding competitiveness should be directed to the relevant College Associate Dean of Research Education. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to the Graduate Research School at GRS@jcu.edu.au.

For the procedure on the communication of scholarship applications or how the applications are ranked, please refer to the 2017 Scholarship Scoring Procedure.

Forms you may need

A note on the Student Services and Administration (SSA) Fee

JCU competitive scholarships do not cover the University’s Student Services & Amenities Fee, which applies to  both domestic and international HDR candidates. For further  information, please visit the SSA Fee webpage.

JCU competitive scholarships do not cover the cost of travelling to JCU to commence the research degree.

JCU competitive scholarships do not cover the cost of any type of health insurance or overseas health cover.

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