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Coronavirus information for research

HDR candidates FAQs

These FAQs provide up-to-date advice for Bond University HDR students regarding our precautionary response to the current outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) and are therefore subject to change. These FAQs will be updated as new information becomes available.


Yes - currently we will be offering enrolments for 2021. In regard to international students the issue of the availability of visa for entry into Australia may delay commencement of studies.

If you are a commencing international graduate research student with an approved visa:

  • Bond will give you the option to enrol offshore and commence your studies from home as long as your supervisor agrees, and you are able to comply with our guidelines for off campus study.
  • You can choose to defer your offer for a semester later in the year

The University is open but when on campus you are required to follow social distancing protocols in regard to your colleagues, supervisors and anyone on the campus.

Specific provision for HDR students will be made to allow room for physical distancing. Where current HDR facilities are unable to provide this then students will be required to move to alternative spaces provided. Where there is preference for remaining in the existing space priority will be given to students who have essential software on their allocated PCs.

The Main Library, Law Library, MLC, Business Commons and HSM will be open, but a valid Student ID Card is required for access. Please monitor Opening Hours via the Library website and Library news

Your faculty will assist you with these issues where possible including ways to have physical distancing in place or changing your research methods. If it is not possible to get around these issues you could consider applying for leave of absence for a period.

We understand this is a very difficult time and you may be feeling worried about your own health, or the health of your loved ones. We also understand this constantly changing situation may be stressful. The university has counselling and medical services on campus and you should contact these services for assistance.

If you are enrolled in a faculty with coursework requirements and are prevented from coming to campus for your classes, your ADR will work with you and your supervisors to adjust your study plan. This could involve undertaking subjects at a later date.

Yes, though it may be online. In some circumstances confirmations may be postponed if matters associated with COVID-19 has impacted on your capacity to finalize your confirmation.

If you are a continuing graduate research student, you may:

  • activate your 20 days of annual leave, or
  • study from home, keep in contact with your supervisors and access the Bond online research and library resources.
  • If you have expended your annual leave and/or cannot work from home, we will offer appropriate solutions on a case-by-case basis (e.g. leave of absence, university-activated extensions to work submission dates).

The University will consider an extension of candidature with 100% fee waiver for an eligible student if a student is:

  • otherwise making satisfactory progress; and
  • the grounds for the extension relate to the student’s course of study being materially adversely impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.

Eligibility is limited to students that were either enrolled

  • as at 1 March 2020; or
  • prior to 1 March 2020 and on a suspension or leave of absence as at 1 March 2020.

An extension of candidature is up to six months. To apply for an extension of candidature with 100% fee waiver students must submit their request using the Extension of Candidature form in WorkflowGen. Supporting evidence including supervisor reports and evidence of the impact of COVID-19 to demonstrate any material adverse impact should be attached to the form. You can access the workflow portal from

Currently as examination is primarily involving paper documentation this should not impact on the progress of examination from the university perspective though the broader impact of COVID-19 may impact on the availability of examiners and time to complete examinations.

COVID-19 and the associated health and travel restrictions have made it impossible to hold the usual ceremonies this year. Most universities have either cancelled graduation ceremonies for this year or introduced online virtual ceremonies. In contrast, Bond University will hold in-person on campus ceremonies this year. We believe it important for as many students as possible to experience their own graduation in front of friends and family. It is most unfortunate that not every student will get this chance, but that should not stop us from trying.

For further information, please refer to the Graduations webpage

If an international PhD student requires an LOA due to COVID-19 restrictions if the LOA is approved by the Executive Dean or delegate and the university reports the student as on LOA due to ‘compassionate and compelling circumstances’ the student may be able to remain onshore for the duration of their LOA. International students should first seek advice from the International Students Team Coordinator in the Student Business Centre about visa conditions and implications before commencing a leave of absence during candidature.

Your faculty will assist you with these issues where possible, including ways to have physical distancing in place, or to change your research methods. If it is not possible to get around these issues you could consider applying for leave of absence, for a period.