The GUPRS provides a living allowance of AUD $27,596 (2019 rate, indexed annually) per annum — paid as a fortnightly stipend, and a relocation allowance. Sick leave, maternity leave and leave of absence provisions also apply.
This scholarship does not cover tuition fees.

Please note:

To be eligible for consideration for award of a Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship, applicants must be commencing or enrolled in a Higher Degree Research program at Griffith University. Applicants must not be receiving income from another source to support their general living costs that provides a benefit greater than 75% of the GUPRS stipend. Income unrelated to the candidate’s HDR program, or income received for the candidate’s HDR program but not for the purposes of supporting general living costs, is not to be taken into account.

Applicants should refer to GUPRS Conditions of Award

The GUPRS may be held for up to two years for a research masters program and up to three years for a doctoral program. A six month extension may be
granted to doctoral candidates in certain circumstances.

New applicants must follow the process for submitting an online application for a higher degree by research program, which also includes a section for scholarship application. Please note, unless the scholarship round is officially open, your online application will only be assessed for candidature.

Current HDR candidates or applicants with a current offer (not yet commenced) are required to follow a different process for submitting a scholarship application. Details can be found here.


Applicants may only apply a maximum of two times in a five year period for consideration in the scholarship ranking and selection process.

For information on scholarship round opening and closing dates, see Key Dates

Applications for HDR scholarships as part of the Annual Scholarship Round at Griffith University are firstly processed within the Griffith Graduate Research School (GGRS). It is at this point that applications are initially reviewed for eligibility for entry into Griffith HDR programs.

Following this initial review, applications are then forwarded to the appropriate schools, departments or research centres for academic staff to assess applications for both entry into Griffith HDR programs, and for consideration for a scholarship. All applications are then assessed by the Dean (Research) of the relevant Group and the Dean, Griffith Graduate Research School, to arrive at an outcome against the selection criteria.

Applications that are recognised as meeting the selection criteria requirements for scholarship consideration are then assessed and ranked in an order of merit, in the proposed host school, department, research centre, and academic group. The order of merit is based on the Higher Degree Research Scholarship Policy and takes into consideration:

  • Academic merit, with emphasis on the results attained in the qualification with the substantial research component but also taking into account the
    grades of any other eligible qualification, as applicable
  • The international standing of the institution at which the qualification with the substantial research component was completed
  • Research background, including the quality of the eligible research outputs included as evidence in an application, as well as the applicant's contribution to these outputs
  • The level and duration of sustained research experience and evidence of how the research activity undertaken bears upon and enhances the applicant's research capacity, with regard to the proposed research
  • The compatibility/fit of the proposed research with university/academic group research priorities
  • The compatibility/fit between the applicant, research environment, and supervision.

The University's Higher Degree Research Scholarship Ranking Committee meets to establish a university-wide Order of Merit List. Through this process,
scholarships are awarded to the highest ranking applicants in this university-wide Order of Merit.

Policies may be adopted that provide for a limited number of GUPRS to be allocated, for example, the Continuing Student Scholarship Scheme. In such
cases, there may be additional eligibility requirements or variations to the procedure for selection and award. The GUPRS conditions of award will be
amended to reflect the variations applicable to the awardee.

GUPRS Conditions of Award

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