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HDR scholarships

USC administers two types of HDR scholarships.

1. USC Research scholarships

  • Tuition fee offset and/or stipend scholarships from a range of funding bodies and administered by USC.

2. Research Training Program (RTP) scholarships

  • Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships include both stipend (living allowance) and tuition fee offset scholarships.
  • USC has one RTP round per year.
  • The annual round is to award stipend scholarships for both domestic and international applicants and fee offset scholarships for international applicants.
    • Domestic applicants are not required to submit a specific application for a tuition fee offset scholarship and will be assessed as part of their HDR program admission assessment.
    • Domestic applicants will be assessed for a fee offset scholarship regardless if they apply for a HDR program within or outside of the annual RTP round.
    • To be assessed for a stipend scholarship, domestic students must submit an RTP scholarship application within the annual round.
    • To be assessed for a stipend scholarship and a fee offset scholarship, international students must submit an RTP application within the annual round.
  • The 2021 stipend scholarship rate is $28,597.
  • Applications for Stipend and International fee offset scholarships for 2021 are no longer being accepted.
    • HDR program application dates differ to the RTP application dates and are due earlier.
    • For information on how to apply, eligibility requirements, scholarship conditions and RTP and program application dates visit the Applying for a Research Training Program Scholarship.

Find a HDR scholarship

Scholarship Eligibility Value
Adaptation to emerging fungal diseases in nature Applications open

• Be accepted into a Higher Degrees by Research program at the University of the Sunshine Coast
• Not have an equivalent qualification to the one for which they are currently applying
• Have a First-Class Bachelor Honours Degree, or show equivalent level of achievement with other academic qualifications or professional research experience
• Applications are welcome from both Domestic and International students

Adaption to emerging fungal diseases in nature
Bee-friendly venom-derived bioinsecticides Applications open
  • Be accepted into a Higher Degrees by Research program at the University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Not have an equivalent qualification to the one for which they are currently applying
  •  Have a First-Class Bachelor Honours Degree, or show equivalent level of achievement with other academic
    qualifications or professional research experience
  • Applications are welcome from both Domestic and International students
  • Previous knowledge on electrophysiological techniques (two-electrode voltage-clamp or patch-clamp) and arthropod handling and maintenance would be quite beneficial for the project.
  • Experience in working with venoms and recombinant or chemical peptide synthesis would also greatly benefit the project.
$28,092
Carbon Farming Gamification for Knowledge Co-production Applications open

Be accepted into a Higher Degrees by Research program at the University of the Sunshine Coast
• Not have an equivalent qualification to the one for which they are currently applying
• Have a First-Class Bachelor Honours Degree, or show equivalent level of achievement with other academic
qualifications or professional research experience
• Applications are welcome from both Domestic and International students

$28,092 pa Stipend plus USC Tuition Fee Offset Scholarship
Exercise, Cognition and Healthy Ageing Applications open
  • Domestic Applicant

  • Approved for admission to the USC PhD Program 

  • Bachelor’s Degree with First Class Honours or equivalent previous study, relevant work experience, research publications, or other research experience

  • Not hold a PhD

  • Not have previously held a Commonwealth-funded postgraduate research scholarship unless it was terminated within six months of the current scholarship’s payments commencing

  • Not be the recipient of an equivalent award, scholarship, or salary, providing a benefit greater than 75 percent of the Research Training Program rate to undertake a HDR. Income unrelated to the course of study is not to be taken into account

  • Satisfactory progress must be maintained throughout the PhD program

$28,597 (in 2021)
High Performance Student Athlete (HPSA) Encouragement Bursary Applications closed
  • registered as a student athlete within USC's High Performance Student Athlete Program
  • enrolled full-time or part-time in any program at USC (undergraduate or postgrad)
  • completed at least one semester at USC (48 units)
  • grade point average (GPA) 4.0 or higher
  • international or domestic students
A$1,000
Human Factors and the Darknet Applications open
  • Be accepted into a Higher Degree by Research program at the University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Not have an equivalent qualification to the one for which you are currently applying
  • Have a First-Class Bachelor Honours Degree, or show equivalent level of achievement with other academic qualifications or professional research experience

Applications can only be accepted from Domestic students

$28,092 RTP Equivalent
Human Genomics PhD Scholarship Applications open
  • Domestic student or International student enrolled in or offered admisstion to a HDR program in USC
  • Bachelors Degree with First Class Honours, Masters degree with thesis/dissertation/research or equivalent previous study, relevant work experience, research publications, or other research experience
  • Not hold an equivalent qualification to the one currently being applied for
$28,092
Indigenous Australian Higher Degree by Research Scholarship Applications open

To be eligible for the USC Indigenous Australian HDR Scholarship, applicants:

  • identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander on their application for admission to the higher degree by research (HDR) program and the application for the scholarship
  • are accepted for entry to a higher degree by research (HDR) at USC
  • do not hold an equivalent HDR qualification to that being applied for
  • recipients must maintain satisfactory progress as a full-time higher degree by research candidate at the University of the Sunshine Coast
$38,597 in 2021
MoET-VIED / USC PhD Scholarships Applications open

To be eligible for a MoET-VIED/USC scholarship, applicants must:

  • have been selected by MoET-VIED to receive their scholarship support
  • meet USC's standard entry criteria to their nominated higher degree by research program
  • be proposing to undertake research in one of USC's areas of Research Focus: 
    • Psychology in Human Factors and Accident Research
    • Aquaculture and Agriculture
    • Animal and Marine Ecology
    • Forestry Research
    • Biomedical Science and Nursing
    • Social Science of Environmental Change
    • Indigenous and Transcultural Research
A$28,092 for 2020
Multimedia Device Analytics for Efficient Hardware Implementation Applications open
  • Be accepted into the Doctor of Philosophy program at the University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Not have an equivalent qualification to the one for which is currently being applied for
  • Have a First-Class Bachelor Honours Degree, or show equivalent level of achievement with other academic qualifications or professional research experience
  • Applications can only be accepted for Domestic students
  • Must remain enrolled on a full time basis
$28,092
National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life Scholarship Applications open
  • Domestic student or International HDR student at USC (see application details below on how to apply for admission)
  • Bachelors Degree with First Class Honours or equivalent previous study, relevant work experience, research publications, or other research experience
  • Maintain satisfactory progress
  • Not hold an equivalent qualification to the one currently being applied for
  • Not have previously held a Commonwealth-funded postgraduate research scholarship unless it was terminated within six months of the current scholarship’s payments commencing
  • Not be the recipient of an equivalent award, scholarship, or salary, providing a benefit greater than 75 percent of the RTP rate to undertake a HDR. Income unrelated to the course of study is not to be taken into account.
$28,092
New Approaches to Corporate Legality Applications open

• Be accepted into a Higher Degrees by Research program at the University of the Sunshine Coast
• Not have an equivalent qualification to the one for which they are currently applying
• Have a First-Class Bachelor Honours Degree, or show equivalent level of achievement with other academic qualifications or professional research experience
• Applications can only be accepted from Domestic students

$28,597 pa
PhD Scholarship: Understanding chronic inflammatory changes through lifestyle intervention in sedentary Type 2 Diabetes patients to prevent dementia Applications closed
  • Be accepted into a Higher Degrees by Research program at the University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Not have an equivalent qualification to the one for which they are currently applying
  • Have a First-Class Bachelor Honours Degree, or show equivalent level of achievement with other academic qualifications or professional research experience
  • Applications can only be accepted from Domestic students
28,092
Public Health Research Scholarships Applications closed
  • Be accepted into a Higher Degrees by Research program at the University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Not have an equivalent qualification to the one for which they are currently applying
  • Have a First-Class Bachelor Honours Degree, or show equivalent level of achievement with other academic qualifications or professional research experience
  • Applications can only be accepted from Domestic students
$13,750
Qantas Engineering Human Factors Scholarship Applications closed
  • Approved for admission to the USC PhD program (If not a current student, the application for admission to the PhD program and the application for the scholarship can be submitted simultaneously)
  • Bachelors Degree with First Class Honours or equivalent previous study, relevant work experience, research publications, or other research experience
  • Not hold a PhD
  • Not have previously held a Commonwealth-funded postgraduate research scholarship unless it was terminated within six months of the current scholarship’s payments commencing
  • Not be the recipient of an equivalent award, scholarship, or salary, providing a benefit greater than 75 percent of the Research Training Program rate to undertake a HDR. Income unrelated to the course of study is not to be taken into account.
  • Satisfactory progress must be maintained throughout the PhD program
$27,596 in 2019
Reframing Bush-Fire Communication for Sustainability Applications open
  • Be accepted into a Higher Degrees by Research program at the University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Not have an equivalent qualification to the one for which they are currently applying
  • Have a First-Class Bachelor Honours Degree, or show equivalent level of achievement with other academic qualifications or professional research experience
  • Applications are welcome from both Domestic and International students
$28,092 pa Stipend plus USC Tuition Fee Offset Scholarship
Roberta M.C. Taylor Rural and Remote Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship Applications closed

To be eligible for this award, an applicant:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or Australian Permanent Resident
  • must have completed either a Bachelor of Nursing Science or a Bachelor of Nursing Science/Bachelor of Midwifery
  • must meet the eligibility criteria for admission into the degree applied for
A$4,000
Rotary Postgraduate Scholarship Applications closed
  • awarded to the three (3) most meritorious postgraduate students who have completed their undergraduate degree at USC and who have enrolled in postgraduate studies at the Master or Doctorate levels
  • with competing students of equal merit, a Scholarship will be awarded to a student from the Sunshine Coast Region
A$4,500 per scholarship in 2020
USC Indigenous Scholarship - Honours, Higher Degree by Research or Postgraduate Applications open
  • a commencing student (eg existing students are not eligible)
  • must have completed an undergraduate qualification in any discipline
  • applicants will be considered ineligible if currently in receipt of another major USC or external scholarship (this does not include bursaries)
A$4,000 for full-time study
USC Road Safety Research Collaboration PhD Scholarship Applications open
  • Domestic Applicant 
  • Bachelors Degree with First Class Honours or equivalent previous study, relevant work experience, research publications, or other research experience
  • Maintain satisfactory progress
  • Not hold an equivalent qualification to the one currently being applied for
  • Not have previously held a Commonwealth-funded postgraduate research scholarship unless it was terminated within six months of the current scholarship’s payments commencing
  • Not be the recipient of an equivalent award, scholarship, or salary, providing a benefit greater than 75 percent of the RTP rate to undertake a HDR. Income unrelated to the course of study is not to be taken into account.
$28,092