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How to apply for HDR

Apply for a Bond University Higher Degree

To apply for admission to Bond University for a PhD or Masters degree you will need to complete an expression of interest (EOI) prior to completing an application. Before you start your EOI, please ensure you have all the necessary supporting documents ready to upload with the application.

Please note that a successful Expression of Interest submission does not guarantee acceptance to a Higher Degree Research program. Students must meet the academic entry requirements, as well as satisfy visa, residency and English proficiency requirements.

The Application process from EOI submission to letter of offer 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 semester enrolment date.

If you have any questions on the process, or wish to make a general enquiry, please select the Send an Enquiry button on sidebar.

HDR Applications

Expression of Interest

The Research Degree online application process begins with an Expression of Interest that asks you to select your program and provide a brief description (250-500 words) of your proposed research topic. Once you submit the Expression of Interest section, you will be assessed for availability of supervision.

You may start an EOI using the Bond University Online Application Service


You will be notified of the outcome by email, and if your expression of interest has been successful you will be invited to log back into the Bond University Online Application Service to complete the remaining sections of the application.

Referee reports

When completing the application section, you will be required to nominate two referees who can testify to your academic achievements and research capabilities. Bond University will contact these referees upon submission of your application and ask them to complete a referee report form. Your submitted application will not progress for assessment until such time as both referee reports have been received. 

You should contact your referees prior to lodging your application to ensure that they will be available to complete the referee report form in a timely manner. If you receive a valid letter of offer for admission into a doctoral program at Bond University you are eligible to apply for a Higher Degree Research Scholarship. Your referees will also be asked to attest to your academic merit and research capability as part of the scholarship assessment criteria.

Research Project Proposal

You are also required to complete a detailed research project proposal, further details can be found under the research project proposal heading below. Faculty Application Guidelines and Templates are provided below to assist you to complete your research project proposal

The following documents will form part of your application assessment.

  • Research Project Proposal
  • Official Academic Transcripts for all programs that you have completed and the results/grades awarded, including information on institution grading systems/scales, and evidence of completion
  • Official English language translations of documents not in English (Bond University Document Translation Requirements)
  • If English is not your first language, proof of English language proficiency (refer to Bond University English Language Requirements)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or linkedin URL, please include any research publications and conference presentations

Please have these ready and upload them prior to submitting your application. Applications cannot progress for assessment until all required documents are received.

You are also required to complete a detailed research proposal outlining the research topic, a proposed research methodology and key writings in the area. You should include relevant literature, research questions, research methodology and relevance or importance of your line of research.

The research proposal will allow the Faculty to consider if there is appropriate supervision for the project, if the proposal has sufficient merit to justify the completion of the degree applied for and if the student has sufficient knowledge and capability required to undertake the thesis.

Your proposed supervisor will provide guidance to assist you to complete your proposal.  Faculty Application Guidelines and Templates are also provided to assist you to complete your research proposal. Once you have completed your project proposal, upload the document using the "Upload new attachment for this Application" link in the attachments section of your application. 

Applicants applying to the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine will also be required to complete a whole of candidature budget. Your proposed supervisor will provide guidance to assist you to complete your budget

Your supervisory team are most important throughout your candidature for support and guidance for your research. The team consists of a Principal Supervisor and Associate Supervisors. Finding a supervisor allows you to match your area of interest with the relevant expertise within Bond University. Faculty staff will assist you with finding a suitable supervisor once you submit an expression of interest. Alternatively you can browse our supervisors via the Supervisors button on the sidebar.

If you have already discussed your research interests with any Bond University Academic staff members then please ensure that you include their name in the additional notes section under Research Outline when you complete your Expression of Interest.