James Cook University (JCU) is offering postgraduate research scholarships for both Australian and International Students seeking higher degree by research (HDR). James Cook University offers three types of competitive scholarship:
- An Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), for domestic applicants only;
- A JCU Postgraduate Research Scholarship (JCU PRS), for both domestic and international applicants; and
- An International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, or (IPRS), for international applicants only. Four (4) IPRS awards are granted each year on a highly competitive basis. Applicants who apply for an IPRS but are not awarded are immediately considered for a JCU PRS.
The duration of a full-time Postgraduate Research Scholarships is three (3) years for Research Doctorate Degrees and two (2) years for Research Masters Degrees.The duration of a part-time Award is six years for Research Doctorate studies and four years for Research Masters studies.
This awards cover the candidate’s tuition fees and provide a living allowance.
To be eligible for an Award, a student must have completed a four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent at First Class Honours level or equivalent. Recipients of awards are selected on the basis of academic merit taking into account the University’s particular areas of research strength and research training environment.
Study Major(s): Scholarships are awarded in all subjects available at the university.
Course Level: Postgraduate Scholarships are available for undertaking higher degree by research (HDR).
Scholarship Provider: James Cook University (JCU), Australia
Scholarship can be taken at: Australia
Basic Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible for an Award, a student must:
- Have completed a four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent at First Class Honours level or equivalent;
- Be undertaking a HDR on-campus, unless formal approval has been granted for off-campus status;
- Be enrolled as a full-time student, unless the University has approved a part-time Award for the student (under the conditions outlined below);
- Be a domestic student (for APAs only);
- If undertaking a Research Masters Degree, not already hold a Research Doctorate or a Research Masters Degree or an equivalent research qualification, or if undertaking a Research Doctorate, not already hold a Research Doctorate Degree or an equivalent research qualification;
- Not previously have held an Australian Government-funded postgraduate research scholarship (excluding an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship), unless it was terminated within six months of commencement of scholarship payments; and
- Not be receiving an equivalent Award, scholarship or salary providing a benefit greater than 75% of the Award stipend rate to undertake the HDR. Income earned from sources unrelated to the course of study is not subject to the 75% rule.
Scholarship for International Students: Yes, James Cook University Postgraduate Research Scholarships is open to both domestic and international students for postgraduate research scholarship.
Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours – Equivalence
If a student does not hold a Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours, then the University may determine that the student has demonstrated an equivalent level of academic attainment. In determining an equivalent level of academic attainment, the University may consider previous study, relevant work experience, research publications, referees’ reports and other research experience.
Number of award(s): Unknown
Duration of Award: The duration of a full-time Award is three years for a student undertaking Research Doctorate studies, and two years for a student undertaking Research Masters studies. The duration of a part-time Award is six years for Research Doctorate studies and four years for Research Masters studies.
The duration of an Award will be reduced by any periods of study undertaken:
- Towards the degree prior to the commencement of the Award;
- Towards the degree during suspension of the Award (unless the study was undertaken as part of an Australian Government financially supported international postgraduate research scholarship or award); or
- Previously while receiving an Australian Postgraduate Coursework Award.
Extension of Award
- Students may be eligible to apply for up to six months extension to the duration of an Award for a Research Doctorate provided there are extenuating circumstances relating to the research project which are beyond the control of the student.
- The University will not approve an extension to the duration of an Award for a Research Masters student.
Scholarship Cover: The awards cover the candidate’s tuition fees and provide a living allowance, but do not cover personal health insurance or the JCU Student Services & Amenities (SSA) Fee.
The value of an Award stipend over the full year(2015) is as follows: 25,849 for Full-time Stipend Rate ($AUD) and 12,924 part-time Stipend Rate ($AUD).
How to Apply
Applications for competitive JCU scholarships are online only and must be submitted using eStudent (refer ‘My Scholarships’ tab).
– Prospective JCU Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates must first have submitted their online application for candidature (i.e. entry to a JCU HDR program).
– Existing JCU HDR candidates are able to apply directly via eStudent.
Application Opening and Closing Dates
Prospective applicants should note the closing dates for submission of Scholarship applications:
Round 1: Applications for Round 1 close at midnight, 31st August 2015 AEST.
Round 2: Applications for Round 2close at midnight, 31st October 2015 AEST.