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We look forward to welcoming you when you commence your research degree at Griffith University. Below are some answers to frequently asked questions. If you have questions that are not answered below, you are welcome to contact the Griffith Graduate Research School for assistance.
You can start your program in the next available research intake (intake 4) on 19 October 2020, or you can request to commence your program in the next available 2021 intake dates as follows:
- Research intake 1 - 22 February 2021
- Research intake 2 - 27 April 2021
- Trimester 1, 2021 - 8 March 2021 (for programs that include coursework).
If campuses are operating remotely at the time of your planned commencement (refer to campus status here), your principal supervisor will assess your specific circumstances and project to determine if commencement in your research program can occur as planned, despite the disruption caused by COVID-19. Candidates in laboratory-based disciplines for example may need to defer to a future intake. Possible alternative approaches to your research may need to be considered in order to commence your research project whilst working away from campus. If you are an international candidate already onshore, arrangements will be made to support your commencement. If you are commencing a program that includes coursework additional approval may be required.
If you are unable to travel to Australia (or Queensland) to commence your research program, refer to the frequently asked questions below for the options available to you.
Please return your acceptance of offer documents to the Griffith Graduate Research School at firstname.lastname@example.org to advise of your planned intake date.
Please also contact your supervisor to discuss your commencement plans.
If you are unable to commence your program as planned due to the Government's travel restrictions, the following options are available to you:
You can request to defer your commencement (and applicable scholarships) to a later research intake date or trimester start date as per the dates provided in the frequently asked questions above. Please email the Griffith Graduate Research School at email@example.com to request a deferral, along with providing your acceptance of offer documents (if you have not already done so).
If you chose to defer your commencement, but would like immediate access to the University's online resources to support you during this pre-commencement period – and to help you prepare for commencement – you can request to be activated in your program (termed 'soft commencement'). When you return your acceptance of offer documents or obtain approval for your deferral request, please confirm if you would like to be activated in your program (soft commenced). Upon activation of your program you will have access to Griffith's online resources including the library and professional development workshops, and you will also be able to work through the online myOrientation program ahead of your planned commencement date. The soft commencement will not impact on your candidature (or scholarship) duration as your program commencement/program start date will not occur until you arrive in Australia.
If you are an international candidate from a sanctioned country we are unable to provide you with a soft commencement at this time. We look forward to welcoming you on campus to commence your program once travel restrictions ease.
If you believe you have access to adequate resources and facilities at your location to support the commencement of your research program whilst offshore, you may request to commence on a period of short-term study away. You should discuss this option with your principal supervisor who will assess your specific circumstances and project to determine if commencement can occur. You should discuss, plan and agree on your work plan and achievable outputs within the anticipated study away period. Please be aware that if you are unable to travel to Australia/Queensland at the end of the study away period, you will need to request a further period of study away if a continued work plan can be put in place, or alternatively you will need to take a period of leave. Therefore, you should consider the appropriateness of the length of the study away period and the proposed work plan, noting that travel restrictions may be in place for some time. Further, it is expected that you will be able to progress during the study away period at the same level as if you were commencing on campus. Therefore, if you are only able to progress a very limited component of your research work at your location – for example your literature review – it is recommended that you defer your commencement and instead access online resources, including library resources, during your pre-commencement period via the soft commencement option as described above.
Once you receive support from your supervisor for commencement as study away, you will need to complete the study away form available here and return to the Griffith Graduate Research School at firstname.lastname@example.org for processing. Please return the study away form at least one month prior to your planned intake date. If you are commencing a program that includes coursework, additional approval may be required.
Please note that if you are an international candidate your student visa will still need to be granted in order to commence your program as study away. Further, commencement in your program on study away will incur tuition fees. International candidates awarded tuition and stipend scholarships should note that your tuition scholarship will be activated; however, candidates cannot be paid a stipend into an overseas bank account. Therefore, your stipend scholarship will be paid (including back pay) upon your arrival in Australia.
If you are an international candidate from a sanctioned country the commencement of your program will need to occur on campus in Australia. You can request to defer your commencement as per the process outlined above.
Please keep in touch with your supervisor regarding your plans for commencement. We understand this may be a difficult time and we hope to welcome you to Griffith University soon.
If you are currently based offshore and are lodging an application for commencement in 2021, the following options are available to you.
Applications for admission
Applicants who are not based in Australia and wish to commence their program in 2021 may wish to consider (in consultation with your proposed supervisor/s) approaches to your research proposal that would enable you to commence your research in your home country if travel restrictions remain in place. If you are offered admission to your program you will then have the option to request study away commencement if your project can be undertaken in your home country for at least a six month period (as evidenced by your research proposal). Refer to the What should I do if I can’t travel to Australia to commence my research program above for further information on the requirements for study away commencement. If it is determined that your research cannot be undertaken in your home country your program commencement will need to be deferred.
Applicants who do not intend to relocate to Australia once travel restrictions ease and believe that their research project can be conducted predominantly offshore in their home country can request remote candidature as part of the application process. If you wish to apply for remote candidature a statement will need to be included in your application addressing the requirements as outlined here.
Please note that applicants from sanctioned countries are unable to commence their research program in their home country and instead will need to commence on campus once travel restrictions ease.
Applications for scholarship
As the COVID-19 situation continues to impact on the ability of candidates to commence their research project on campus, applicants who are not based in Australia will be required to demonstrate the feasibility of commencing their research project in 2021 in order to be considered for scholarship in the 2021 Continuous Scholarship Round.
Applicants, in consultation with their proposed supervisor/s, will need to demonstrate via their research proposal that the project can be conducted offshore in their home country for a minimum of six months. This may include, for example, research projects with a methodology that does not require access to specific equipment/facilities or fieldwork; or where access to equipment/facilities or fieldwork can occur in the applicant's home country. As part of the scholarship application assessment process, supervisors will be asked to confirm that the research project can commence in 2021 and be conducted offshore for a minimum period of six months.
Please note that applicants from sanctioned countries are unable to apply for a scholarship in the Continuous Scholarship Round and instead should lodge an application in the next Annual Scholarship Round, refer to the round open and close dates here.
If you are offered a scholarship you will then be able to commence your program as a period of study away. Refer to the What should I do if I can’t travel to Australia to commence my research program above for further information on the requirements for study away commencement.
If you are unable to complete an English Language Proficiency test, or obtain your ELP test results, due to the closure of English test centres as a result of COVID-19, please refer to the information below. Please note that the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition, IELTS Indicator, and Duolingo English tests are not accepted for admission to research programs. You should refer to the English requirements as outlined for your program.
Applications for admission
If you are applying for admission, you can lodge your application without providing evidence of ELP . If your application is approved you will be provided with an offer that is conditional on meeting ELP requirements prior to your commencement.
Applications for scholarship
If you applied for a scholarship in the Annual Scholarship Round and testing centre closures impacted your ability to provide evidence of ELP , your ELP test result will need to be provided by Friday 13 November 2020 in order to be considered for scholarship award. Where you are unable to provide evidence of ELP by this date your application may be considered in early 2021 for an Intake 2 or Intake 3 commencement once evidence of ELP is provided.
If you are applying for a scholarship in the 2021 Continuous Scholarship Round, evidence of ELP must be provided when you submit your application.
Refer to the Scholarship Key Dates here for further information.
We recognise that many students currently completing their degree may be experiencing delays in completing final assessments/examinations or accessing final grades or qualification documents due to COVID-19. During this period the following flexibility will be provided to applicants who are due to complete their degree in 2020/2021 but have been interrupted by COVID-19:
Applications for admission
If you are in the final semester/trimester of study, you can lodge your application for admission now. You should provide your current transcript so that your application can be considered based on grades achieved to date. If your application is approved, you will be provided with an offer that is conditional on meeting the required grades for admission prior to your commencement.
Applications for scholarship
If you are completing your current degree at an Australian institution and are in your final semester/trimester of study, you can lodge your scholarship application now. You should provide your current transcript so that your application can be considered based on grades achieved to date. If you are awarded a scholarship in the Annual Scholarship Round for commencement in 2021 you will be provided with an offer that is conditional on providing evidence of program completion and meeting the required grades by no later than 31 March 2021. If you are awarded a scholarship in the Continuous Scholarship Round for commencement in 2021, you will be provided with a due date to meet the required grades.)
If you are completing your current degree at an overseas institution, the usual scholarship application close date will apply as the due date for providing evidence of final grades and award of your qualification. If you are not able to provide your qualification documents by the due date, you can instead apply for scholarship consideration in 2021 once your qualification has been awarded.