COVID-19 Update - Research Degree Applications Open

If you're interested in starting a PhD or research degree at Griffith University, you can apply now for consideration (both admission and scholarship) to commence your study in the next available intake.

In this evolving situation, applicants who are not based in Australia and are impacted by travel restrictions can apply for admission now and can either defer their commencement or commence offshore. Applicants not based in Australia can only apply for scholarship in 2021 Continuous Scholarship Round where they are able to commence offshore.

Information for research degree and scholarship applicants

Most scholarships are offered as part of our annual scholarship round, although we do offer some scholarships throughout the year. First time applicants can apply for scholarship at Griffith at any time. Refer to our research scholarship FAQs for further information.


DateTime Scholarship Event
Saturday, 4 July 2020 Midnight (AEST) Scholarship applications open
Tuesday, 8 September 2020 5:00pm (AEST)

Expressions of interest lodged with Research Convenor. (Continuing Student Scholarship Scheme only)

Tuesday, 15 September 2020 11:59pm (AEST) Application closing date for international applicants. (Applications must be complete in order to be considered, including ELP*)
Tuesday, 29 September 2020 11:59pm (AEST) Application closing date for domestic applicants and Griffith University international graduates (Trimester 2, 2020)
Friday, 11 December 2020 5:00pm (AEST)

Offer letters sent to successful applicants. (N.B. This date was originally published as 4 December but has been amended as decisions regarding scholarship allocations are still being reviewed by the University).

Friday, 8 January 2021 5:00pm (AEST) Last date to return 'Acceptance of Offer'
Monday, 22 February 2021   Intake 1
Wednesday, 31 March 2021 5:00pm (AEST) Last date to meet all conditions of offer
Tuesday, 27 April 2021   Intake 2

*Where an applicant can demonstrate that they have been unable to undertake an ELP test due to COVID-19 impacts, evidence of satisfactory ELP may be provided by 13 November. Where ELP is provided after this date the application may be considered in early 2021 for an Intake 2 or Intake 3 commencement.


First time, new applicants can apply for scholarship at Griffith at any time.

Most scholarships are awarded in the Annual Scholarship Round as per the table of dates above; however, applications received at other times are considered on a case-by-case basis with scholarships awarded to high quality* applicants throughout the year.

*These include applicants from Australian institutions graduating in trimester / semester 1 who wish to commence in trimester 2.

Applicants should submit their application at least four months before their preferred intake date.

Intake 1: Monday 22 February 2021

Intake 2: Tuesday 27 April 2021

Intake 3: Monday 12 July 2021

Intake 4: Monday 11 October 2021

Applicants wishing to commence in intake 1: 22 February 2021 must submit their application prior to Annual Research Scholarship Round closing date.

Please refer to Degree and Career Finder for specific intake dates currently available for your program.