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There are a number of postgraduate research scholarships for Domestic students. 

UWA Postgraduate research scholarships

These awards are tenable at the University for up to two years for master's by research candidates and three years for doctoral candidates. PhD scholarships may be extended to three and a half years. They include:

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply for domestic postgraduate research scholarships an applicant must be an Australian citizen, an Australian Permanent Resident or a New Zealand citizen.

An applicant must also:

  • meet the requirements for entry to the nominated Higher Degree by Research course including satisfying the requirements of the University Policy on Adequate Research Preparation (;
  • be undertaking or intend to enrol in a Masters by Research or Doctoral degree with at least a 66% research component;
  • not expect to receive another equivalent award or scholarship to undertake the proposed study which is greater than 75% of the stipend rate and
  • be available to take up a postgraduate scholarship, if offered, by the required commencement date of the round

Selection Criteria

Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships, University Postgraduate Awards (UPAs) and other UWA postgraduate research scholarships are awarded by the Higher Degree by Research Scholarships Committee to eligible applicants after a competitive selection process on the basis of –

  • academic achievement as evidenced by their academic record; and
  • research potential based on academic referee reports, relevant research experience and publications, if applicable.

    In the competitive selection process, priority may be given to students who are enrolling as internal students in an HDR for the first time, and students who have not:

  • already completed a Research Doctorate or equivalent;
  • already completed a Research Masters degree or equivalent, unless intending to undertake a Research Doctorate;
  • previously held an Australian Postgraduate Award, Australian Postgraduate Award (Industry) or an Australian Government funded Postgraduate Research Award (excluding an IPRS) previously unless it was terminated within six months of the commencement of benefits
  • previously been awarded, or currently be in receipt of, a current scholarship stipend.

    Scholarships are usually awarded to applicants who intend to enrol as full-time internal students based on a campus of the University for most or all of their candidature and scholarship tenure. Approval may be given for a part-time award (for domestic students only) where an applicant is able to demonstrate compelling social reasons such as a medical condition or primary care commitments which would prevent full-time study.