At a glance

Available to: 
Future Student
Current Student
Level of study: 
Postgraduate Research
Australian and Permanent Residents or NZ citizens

***Changes are currently proposed to this scheme by the Australian Government. This scholarship may be replaced by an alternative scheme in 2017.*** The APA scholarships are awarded competitively based on merit, to domestic students of exceptional research potential undertaking a research higher degree.

Award value:
$26,288 per annum (2016 rate), Indexed annually
Applications open: 
1 January 2015
Applications close: 
31 December 2017
  • Eligibility

    To be eligible, you must:

    • Be a domestic student studying full-time and onshore in Australia.^
    • Be nominated by the enrolling school or institute.
    • Be assessed by the Graduate School as meeting all conditions for admission to the  research higher degree program.
    • Have an academic qualification equivalent to an Australian Bachelor’s degree with Honours Class I.
    • Not hold a qualification at the same or  a higher level than the research higher degree program you are undertaking.
    • Not previously have held a Commonwealth funded research higher degree scholarship, unless it was terminated within six months of the scholarship commencing or be a current APA holder transferring to UQ.
    • Not be receiving an award, scholarship  or salary providing a benefit greater than 75% of the APA  rate to undertake the  research higher degree program.

    ^A part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.

    Students can be considered for scholarship twice. Consideration can be prior to enrolment, or in the first round after the confirmation milestone* is achieved.
    *conditions apply.

    In instances where the candidate is awarded a scholarship after commencement there will be no retrospective payments of this scholarship.

    Further information about APA scholarships.

    Scholarship Rules:
    Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines (Research)
    UQ Research Scholarships

These scholarships are funded by the Commonwealth Government to provide assistance for living costs and are awarded in two rounds each year.