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An integral part of being a researcher is managing a research budget. Candidates are able to access funding from the University for their studies. 

In addition to infrastructure such as a dedicated workspace, access to software and databases, candidates can also apply for support for their projects.

Research dissemination is another important aspect of being a researcher, and conference and travel support is available to eligible candidates.

A project budget will need to be developed, submitted and assessed by the University during the course of your research project. Expenditure cost items can include the following:

  • Data collection
  • Laboratory and/or Field Work consumables
  • Record access
  • Field work travel and subsistence for data collection
  • Material, practical projects and films

Some project costs may be supported through existing University infrastructure including:

  • Access to literature and publication resources
  • Access to databases and other relevant online records
  • Large equipment
  • Minor equipment already owned and used in the University

You must prepare a proposed whole-of-candidature budget subdivided into calendar years as part of your confirmation document to receive funding. 

Project budgets will be reviewed and approved by the Chair of Graduate Research prior to any expenditure of funds.

When you have completed and passed your confirmation of candidature, you may be eligible to access funding for travel and conference attendance.

The University provides financial support to all HDR candidates on a case-by-case basis to fund conference registration, accommodation and associated travel costs where the candidate has been accepted to do an oral presentation, paper presentation, poster or other form of research dissemination, and after the candidate has confirmed their candidature.

Process for obtaining travel funding

HDR candidates must consult with their supervision team and complete a HDR Budget application form. The application must include all expected costs, including conference registration, transportation and accommodation. The conference program must be submitted with the application, along with evidence of presentation at the conference.

The application will be submitted to the candidate’s Principal Supervisor and ADR for approval. The application will normally be made at least than three months before the expenditure of funds is required.

HDR students are now required to apply for a permit to conduct research in Indonesia.If you are travelling to Indonesia for research purposes, please read the following webpages prior to submitting your application

Once approved, the candidate must provide HDR Unit with the flight details, accommodation and conference registration fees and a signed Approval to Travel form. Upon receipt of these documents, the HDR Unit will:

  • Make the bookings on behalf of the candidate.
  • Book travel and conference registration in advance. Candidates will not be reimbursed if they pay for these expenses personally unless prearranged. Candidates will be reimbursed with approved out-of-pocket expenses incurred during the trip, upon presentation of tax invoices.
  • Keep records for each candidate and will provide a report of funding commitments annually to the ADR and HDR Subcommittee
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Students who are Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens may be provided with a Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset which exempts them from tuition fees. This exemption is valid for a maximum period of four years for full-time study or up to eight years part-time study for a Doctoral program or two years for full-time study or up to four years part-time study for a Masters program.

International students may apply for a partial fee waiver. If approved, this fee waiver is valid for a maximum period of four years for full-time study for a Doctoral program or two years for full-time study for a Masters program.

HDR tuition fees are due twice a year, in each enrolment period. An enrolment period is a 6 month period commencing either 1st January or 1st July of each year.

HDR Payment due dates




EP1: 14 January 2022

EP1: 13 January 2023

EP2: 30 June 2022

EP2: 30 June 2023

Statement of accounts

Statement of accounts are emailed directly to the student via their Bond University email address and are payable by the due dates above, overdue fees will incur Late Payment penalties.Statement of accounts