Frequently Asked Questions - International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS)

1. How do I apply for an IPRS?

Applications for an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship need to be made directly to a participating university. Universities are responsible for managing the IPRS application, selection and offer process. Students need to approach the scholarship office at their chosen university for direction about the process to apply for an IPRS and key deadline dates. Chapter 3 of the Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines (Research) 2012 provides the legislative basis for universities to deliver the IPRS scheme. Information on commencing a postgraduate research degree in Australia and university contact details can be obtained from the Study in Australia.

2. Does the department provide an IPRS application form

No. Applications for an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship need to be made directly to a participating university.

3. Who is eligible for an IPRS?

To be eligible to apply for an IPRS the applicant must be an international student (except New Zealand) and commencing full-time enrolment in a higher degree by research at an eligible university in Australia. The basic eligibility criteria for an IPRS are listed in section 3.10.1 of the Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines (Research) 2012.

4. What are IPRS recipients entitled to?

Under section 3.20.1 of the Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines (Research) 2012 the IPRS covers tuition fees and health cover costs for recipients, and health cover costs for their dependents. Funding is available for a period of two years for a research masters and three years for a research doctorate. It is important to note that the IPRS does not cover the cost of the student visa application fee. Students should contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection or the university's research office for advice on visa requirements.

5. I hold a research degree from an overseas university. Am I eligible for an IPRS?

Under section 3.10.1(e) of the Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines (Research) 2012 to be eligible for an IPRS, it is a requirement that a student must not hold a research qualification regarded by the university to be equivalent to an Australian research doctorate or, if undertaking a research masters, not hold a research qualification equivalent to or higher than an Australian research masters. It will be up to the university to determine the equivalency status of a student's academic qualifications.

6. I am an international student receiving a scholarship that covers my general living expenses. Can I apply for an IPRS?

There is no requirement that excludes a student from applying for an IPRS should they be receiving a scholarship that pays a stipend to cover general living expenses. However, to be eligible for an IPRS, a student must not be receiving a scholarship for which course tuition is a component under any other scheme to which the Australian Government makes a substantial contribution. The student must also meet the eligible conditions in the Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines (Research) 2012.

7. Am I eligible for an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)?

From 2011, commencing IPRS recipients are eligible to apply for an APA (refer section 2.10.1(1)(d) of the Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines (Research) 2012. Award holders will receive an annual stipend to assist with general living costs and may be eligible for other allowances. International students should discuss funding options and the application process with the university scholarship office.

8. Where can I find more information about IPRS?

Further information about IPRS eligibility and conditions can be found on the IPRS main page.