Helen Kay PhD Scholarship


Enrolment status Currently enrolled students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Scholarship value $5000
Scholarship duration Three months
Number awarded 1
Opening date 18 September 2020
Closing date 2 October 2020


Established by donations from Marie and Alf Berry in memory of their granddaughter Helen Kay, a postgraduate research student who died in 1999 while completing her degree, the scholarship commemorates the work of a promising young scholar of Australian literature, life writing and the environment.

This is a Philanthropic Higher Degree by Research, Grant Scholarship.


The Helen Kay PhD Scholarship is open to Higher Degree by Research candidates conducting research in the School of Communication and Arts.

The Scholarship is awarded annually to a PhD student in the school who satisfies the committee that he or she will submit their thesis for examination within the 3-month period of the Scholarship being awarded.  The 2020 round for the Helen Kay PhD Scholarship will be awarded in late October, and applicants must submit their thesis for examination by the end of January 2021.

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

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How to apply

To apply, please submit your application form to the HDR Liaison Officer in the School of Communication and Arts at hdr.commarts@enquire.uq.edu.au​ by the closing date.

Key Dates - 2020 Round
18 September Applications open
2 October Applications close
October Selection Committee review
Late October Scholarship awarded
End of January Scholarship holder to submit thesis



Selection criteria

The 2020 round for the Helen Kay PhD Scholarship will be awarded in late October, and applicants must submit their thesis for examination by the end of January 2021.

Applicants must provide evidence to the satisfaction of the selection committee that, with financial assistance provided by the scholarship, they will submit by the date.

Selection of a scholar will be made by the Dean of the Graduate School on the advice of a selection committee comprised of:

  • the Communication and Arts Head of School or their delegate
  • academic representatives from Communication and Arts, and
  • a student representative who is undertaking a research higher degree and is not an applicant in the round.

Applicants will be ranked on the basis of:

  • advice of the principal advisor as to the likelihood of the date being met; and
  • the level of promise shown by the student; and
  • any other matters the selection committee sees fit.
Applications are closed.


School of Communication and Arts
(07) 3365 2552
Applications are closed.

Terms and conditions

The scholarship may be held for a period of up to 3 months following its award.

This is a philanthropic HDR top-up scholarship and adheres to the terms and conditions outlined in the Schedule A Postgraduate Research Scholarships

All philanthropic scholarship recipients must adhere to the conditions of UQ research and travel scholarships, including reporting and progress requirements.

Holders of these philanthropic scholarships must acknowledge them in any paper that is published as a result of the research conducted while the recipient held the scholarship.

Donors may also invite the recipient to present or report on the work conducted as part of the scholarship, in which case they must comply or risk losing the scholarship.

The information you provide in your application is collected for the purposes of (1) assessing your eligibility for this scholarship, (2) selecting scholarship recipients, and (3) administration of the scholarship.  The University of Queensland may disclose the information you provide to the Donor for the stated purposes. The University will not otherwise disclose the information to a third party without your consent, unless such disclosure is authorised or required by law.  For further information, please refer to the University’s Privacy Management Policy at http://ppl.app.uq.edu.au/content/1.60.02-privacy-management

Applications are closed.