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Scholarships for PhD and MPhil students

Understand the types of scholarships and funding available to support your Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or professional doctorate.

Follow your passion for research

Scholarships give you the financial freedom to focus on your research and get the most out of your studies. We offer a range of scholarships to support your needs. Check if you’re eligible and apply on time. 

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Funding types for postgraduate research (HDR) scholarships

There’s more than one way to be supported during your research. You can apply for multiple scholarships based on different funding types to support aspects of your research and experience.

Living stipend

The major scholarships are living stipends. These offer ~$33.5K per year (tax free) in fortnightly payments to help cover your living costs. 

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Tuition fees

Tuition fees cover the cost of your tuition for the duration of your studies.

If you’re a domestic student, you can apply anytime without needing a living stipend scholarship.

If you’re an international student, you'll need a living stipend scholarship to be eligible for a tuition scholarship. 

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If you're on a living stipend scholarship, you could be eligible for a top-up scholarship to further help with the cost of living.

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Financial award

Grants and bursaries are usually given as a one-off award, and you can usually only receive 1 per academic year. You could receive funds to support extra-curricular activities, so it's worth taking the time to find out what you could apply for. 

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If you're going on a trip as part of your studies, we have scholarships that provide a travel allowance to cover your travel costs. 

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Accommodation scholarships can cover the full costs of your accommodation fees at an approved provider or support you with a one-off stay if you’re travelling for your studies. 

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Major living stipend scholarships

You may be eligible to receive a number of scholarships during your research, but you can only receive 1 base stipend scholarship. You apply for these scholarships as part of your program application. 

Be sure to check the rules and requirements before you apply. 

Other postgraduate scholarships

We also offer scholarships that are funded by external organisations, UQ faculties, centres, institutes, and donors. These scholarships often align with a particular field of research or purpose.

Eligibility and funding types vary for the scholarships available. 

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Tuition only scholarship

Graduate School Scholarship – Tuition (UQGSS-T)

Available for domestic students only, this is a tuition-based research scholarship available for all study areas. This does not include a living stipend. You apply for this as part of your program application.

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If you have questions, the Graduate School can help.

Phone: 07 3346 0503