Apply for a research degree or scholarship
New research students
If you wish to apply for admission to a higher degree by research and/or a research scholarship, follow the steps below to submit an application:
- Select your degree program.
- Check the admission requirements to find out if you are academically qualified to apply for a higher degree by research.
- Develop a research topic. You will need to outline your research topic or area of interest, which will be the basis of your research for the duration of your program.
- Identify available research areas and potential supervisors at Griffith University:
- Prepare a research proposal. Prior to final submission of your application, you will need to attach a written Research/Project Proposal (limited to 2-3 pages). You should include the following headings:
- Student Name
- Dissertation Title
- Programs Specialisation (if applicable)
- Summary of project (maximum 100 words)
- Rationale - brief review of relevant research in the field
- Research areas and/or research questions
- Significance of the study
- Research plan, methods and technologies
- Budget (if required by Element)
- Specialist equipment or resources
- Student Name
- Review the program fees.
- Refer to the Higher Degree Research Scholarships page for scholarship application dates and details about each scholarship on offer. The annual scholarship application round opens 27 July 2015 and closes 6 October (for study commencement in 2016). If you are applying for an external scholarship (such as Endeavour Scholarships) and there is an advertised scholarship funding body closing date, it is recommended that you apply to Griffith University 8 weeks prior to that closing date, to allow for the assessment of your application. The University is unable to guarantee a fast track for applicants who do not allow the minimum stipulated time for processing.
- Refer to the Approval and Application Process page to view the admission process, commencement intake dates in 2015, and enrolment information.
- If you have obtained agreement from an academic to supervise your proposed research, and your academic qualifications meet the entry criteria for admission to your nominated research degree, you should submit an online application. You will need to have obtained agreement from a Griffith University academic to supervise your proposed research, and your academic qualifications meet the entry criteria for admission to your nominated research degree.
- If you encounter difficulties with applying online, refer to the Application Self Help Resources page.For any enquiries related to admission, candidature or scholarships, contact the Higher Degree Research Student Centre.
- Visit the Research Potential website and find out more about research study at Griffith. Download the Higher Degrees Research Guide and refer to pages 45-65 for detailed information about submitting a successful application.
Program-specific application information
Applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology should complete the Clinical Psychology Referee Report in place of the Academic Referee Report.
PhD by Publication applicants
Applicants wishing to apply for a PhD by Publication, should complete the PhD by Publication specific application form and submit it to the Higher Degree Research Student Centre.
Doctor of Education Applicants
For applicants seeking admission to the Doctor of Education, a portfolio assessment and/or interview will be required as part of the admission process. Applicants who do not hold a recognised bachelors degree with a suitable class of research honours should attach a completed professional portfolio along with any other required supporting documentation, as part of their online documentation.
Applicants with offers or Griffith students within their first 12 months of candidature
- a continuing or an offered not yet commenced student scholarship application form (PDF 110k) (including a referee report from your current supervisor)
- a covering letter
- updated research outline and completion plan
- copies of publications (where applicable)
to the Higher Degree Research Student Centre.
Current Griffith students who have progressed beyond their first 12 months of candidature
International applicants and recruitment agents
Griffith University does not accept applications from any agent who is not currently an approved registered agent with the University.
Application Self Help Resources
You will be able to track the progress of your application using the 'Track my application' facility.