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HDR Scholarships

HDR scholarship rounds are held twice per year

  • Closing date - 31 March 2022
  • Closing date - 30 September 2022

APPLICATIONS FOR THE NEXT ROUND (March 2022) OPENS ON 1st February 2022

Ensure you visit the new Assessment for Scholarship Applications Framework to assist with your application

Assessment criteria

Apply for a Bond University Higher Degree Scholarship

Bond University values its higher degree research student cohort and provides a substantial level of direct financial support to many students. Bond University allocates funds to support the financial costs of fee offset (waiver) and living stipends.

There are two key overarching principles for determining the distribution of scholarships among applicants. First, scholarships are to be awarded through a competitive merit-based process. Second, scholarship applicants are to be treated equitably and fairly, regardless of their research discipline, and regardless of the source of their scholarship funding.

Bond University has a merit-based approach to determining which students are eligible for a scholarship. A scholarship will only be offered to students who possess excellent academic merit and research potential. Being provided an offer of entry into the PhD program does not guarantee that a student will receive a scholarship

    The University places a focus on commencing full time on campus Doctoral students only for living stipend scholarships. Masters students are not eligible to apply for HDR Scholarships.

    Higher Degree Scholarships available:

    Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship

    Bond University Postgraduate Research Scholarships

    • The 2022 full-time stipend rate for both scholarship categories will be $28,854 per annum (indexed annually)

    The scholarship application process is open to domestic and international HDR students who are studying, or intend studying a Doctoral Research Degree at Bond University. 

    Your scholarship application will not be accepted until you have received a valid Letter of Offer for admission to a doctoral research program from Bond University Admissions Department.

    Some applications for admission can take up to 6 -10 weeks to complete. Ensure that you allow sufficient time to process your application for admission before the scholarship round closure date. Further information on how to apply for admission can be found on the Bond University Research Degrees webpage How to Apply

    To assist with your scholarship application ensure you visit the new Assessment for Scholarship Applications Framework by clicking on the Assessment Criteria button above.

    Apply Online

    You must apply using the Higher Degree Scholarship Application form.

    The following documents will form part of your scholarship application assessment. 

    • Research Project Proposal
    • Academic Transcripts  including the results/grades awarded, information on institution grading systems/scales, and evidence of completion
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV) Please include any research publications and conference presentations
    • Prize and Award Certificates
    • Two referee reports

    Scholarship applications cannot be accepted unless all required documents for assessment are uploaded to the  application form.

    Scholarship applications received after the nominated round closure date will not be accepted.

    If you wish to withdraw a submitted scholarship application, you may do so by contacting the Research Scholarships Officer [email protected] by email and request to withdraw your application. If you formally withdraw your application before the round closing date you will be permitted to resubmit an application at a later date.

    Before your scholarship application can be considered:

    • You must have a valid Bond University Letter of Offer for a doctoral program
    • You must be studying your doctoral program full time 
    • You must be studying for a doctoral program 
    • If you have previously applied for a Higher Degree Scholarship at Bond University, and were unsuccessful, you are not eligible to reapply.​​

    Provider:  Australian Commonwealth Government

    The Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) stipends are provided to support the general living costs of both domestic and overseas students undertaking research doctorate degrees.

    Scheme and description

    A limited number of scholarships are available to domestic and overseas doctoral students who wish to continue their education through a PhD program. The RTP scholarship is awarded through a competitive application processes. The Bond University HDR Scholarships Committee meets biannually to award fee waivers and living stipends based on a merit based selection process. Students cannot apply if they are receiving an equivalent award or scholarship from the Commonwealth designed to offset HDR fees.

    Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship Policy 

    This Policy fulfils the requirements of the Commonwealth Scholarship Guidelines (Research) 2017 regarding the allocation of Research Training Program funds.

    Provider: Bond University

    Scheme and description

    A limited number of scholarships are available to domestic and overseas doctoral students who wish to continue their education through a Higher Degree Research (HDR) PhD program. The Bond University Postgraduate Research Scholarship (BUPRS) is awarded through a competitive application processes. The Bond University HDR Scholarships Committee meets biannually to award fee waivers and living stipends based on a merit based selection process. Students cannot apply if they are receiving an equivalent award or scholarship from the Commonwealth designed to offset HDR fees.

    If you are an international HDR student and have been awarded a higher degree scholarship but you are unable to commence your program on campus as planned due to the government's travel restrictions you can request to defer your commencement (and applicable scholarship) to a later semester intake date. If you have access to adequate resources and facilities at your location to support the commencement of your research program whilst offshore, you may instead seek approval to commence your program off campus.

    International candidates who are awarded a Bond University Higher Degree Scholarship will receive the tuition fee waiver as soon as they commence their program. However, candidates cannot be paid a stipend into an overseas bank account. Therefore, your stipend will start upon your arrival in Australia. The stipend end date will be deferred to reflect the awarded duration.