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Fees and scholarships

As a proudly not-for-profit institution, all tuition fees paid to Bond University help to create an educational experience underpinned by exceptional resources, facilities, and teaching staff. 

We provide higher degree by research (HDR) students at Bond University with substantial support, both academically and financially, to ensure equitable access to research opportunities and offset the cost of living while pursuing intensive postgraduate study. 

Depending on your circumstances and chosen program, tuition fees for HDR programs at Bond University vary. HDR students can defer or pay their tuition fees in several ways, and many students will be eligible for full fee waivers. High-achieving students and those who identify as Indigenous may also qualify for scholarships or stipends designed to offset the living costs associated with a HDR program. 

Fee information

  • If you are an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or New Zealand citizen, you are classified as a domestic student for the purpose of paying or deferring your HDR fees. Domestic students at Bond University may receive a Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset, which will exempt them from tuition fees for a maximum period of four years full-time / eight years part-time for doctoral programs and two years full-time / four years full-time for research master’s programs. Fees may apply if the thesis is not submitted within these time frames.

    Domestic students are also eligible for FEE-HELP, an interest-free Australian government loan that permits you to defer your tuition fees until you complete your studies and meet a minimum earning threshold. Other options for paying or reducing your fees as a domestic student include government assistance, tax deductions, and our loyalty discount. 

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  • As an international student, you must pay your tuition fees upfront at the beginning of each six-month enrolment period. Depending on your home country and citizenship, you may be able to pay for some of your tuition fees using loans or available discounts.

    International students may also be eligible for a partial fee waiver. If approved, this waiver is valid for a maximum period of 4 years full-time study for doctoral programs, or two years full-time for research master’s programs. Fees may apply if dissertations are not submitted within these time frames. Please get in touch with our HDR support team for more information about fee waivers and eligibility as an international student. 

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If you are an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or New Zealand citizen, you are classified as a domestic student for the purpose of paying or deferring your HDR fees. Domestic students at Bond University may receive a Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset, which will exempt them from tuition fees for a maximum period of four years full-time / eight years part-time for doctoral programs and two years full-time / four years full-time for research master’s programs. Fees may apply if the thesis is not submitted within these time frames.

Domestic students are also eligible for FEE-HELP, an interest-free Australian government loan that permits you to defer your tuition fees until you complete your studies and meet a minimum earning threshold. Other options for paying or reducing your fees as a domestic student include government assistance, tax deductions, and our loyalty discount. 

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Disclaimer

Please refer to the program page of your chosen HDR degree for detailed information on our fees and fee structure. All costs are listed in Australian dollars (AUD).

HDR program fees must be paid twice yearly at the beginning of each six-month enrolment period, which falls in January and July every year. 

HDR 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.

    Several scholarships are available to doctoral (Doctor of Philosophy and Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy) program students at Bond University. The current full-time stipend rate for all HDR scholarship categories for 2024 is $32,192 AUD per annum. Please note that research master’s students are not eligible for any HDR scholarships.

    To be eligible to apply for a HDR scholarship at Bond University, you must: 

    • You must be studying for a PhD or Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy
    • You must have completed and submitted a Bond Application for your program before applying
    • Intend to study full time
    • Not have received an equivalent award or scholarship from the Australian Government designed to offset HDR fees

    If you have previously applied for a HDR scholarship at Bond University and were unsuccessful, you may submit one additional application for a scholarship that outlines your change in circumstances. Applicants who are unsuccessful in their second application are ineligible to apply for future scholarship rounds.

  • The first step in applying for a higher degree by research scholarship at Bond University is to receive your Letter of Offer for an eligible doctorate program, which may take between six and ten weeks from the date of your application. Once you have received your Letter of Offer, scholarship and stipend applications must be lodged online, using the Bond University Higher Degree Scholarship Application form.

    Ready to apply for a HDR scholarship? Be sure to read these frequently asked questions below prior to lodging your application with the Higher Degree Research Unit. 

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.

Several scholarships are available to doctoral (Doctor of Philosophy and Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy) program students at Bond University. The current full-time stipend rate for all HDR scholarship categories for 2024 is $32,192 AUD per annum. Please note that research master’s students are not eligible for any HDR scholarships.

To be eligible to apply for a HDR scholarship at Bond University, you must: 

  • You must be studying for a PhD or Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy
  • You must have completed and submitted a Bond Application for your program before applying
  • Intend to study full time
  • Not have received an equivalent award or scholarship from the Australian Government designed to offset HDR fees

If you have previously applied for a HDR scholarship at Bond University and were unsuccessful, you may submit one additional application for a scholarship that outlines your change in circumstances. Applicants who are unsuccessful in their second application are ineligible to apply for future scholarship rounds.

HDR scholarship applications close 31st March 2024

FAQs

Programs

  • CRICOS Code: 063455C

    Master of Laws (by Research) - LA-43037

    • Law
    • 2 years (6 semesters)
    • Postgraduate research
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    Read more about Master of Laws (by Research) - LA-43037
  • CRICOS Code: 072092F

    Master of Philosophy - BU-70001

    • 2 years (6 semesters)
    • Postgraduate research
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    Read more about Master of Philosophy - BU-70001
  • CRICOS Code: 063150J

    Doctor of Philosophy - BU-70003

    • 4 years (12 semesters)
    • Postgraduate research
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    Read more about Doctor of Philosophy - BU-70003
  • CRICOS Code: 111161D

    Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy - CC-63061

    • Health, Biomedical, and Sport Sciences
    • 4 years (12 semesters)
    • Postgraduate research
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    Read more about Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy - CC-63061
  • CRICOS Code: 093848D

    Doctor of Legal Science (Research) - LA-43040

    • Law
    • 4 years (12 semesters)
    • Postgraduate research
    View program
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New student applications

If you have received your Letter of Offer but haven’t yet enrolled, apply below. 

Bond University Indigenous HDR Scholarship

Bond University Higher Degree Scholarship

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Current Bond student applications

If you are already a Bond University student enrolled in a HDR program, or have previously studied at Bond University, apply using the link below. 

Bond University Indigenous HDR Scholarship

Bond University Higher Degree Scholarship

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Support for research students

Knowing how to manage a budget is an integral part of being a researcher. Higher Degree Research (HDR) students can apply for funding from Bond in addition to gaining workspace, software and database access to help support their studies.

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