PhD Economics Top-Up scholarship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student


Enrolment status New students, Currently enrolled students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Business and Economics
HDR funding type Top-up Scholarship
Scholarship value $14,000 per annum
Scholarship duration Up to 4 years


The purpose of the Top-Up Scholarship is to encourage and support Australian Indigenous PhD students to undertake research at the Schools of Economics at The University of Queensland.

School of Economics

The School of Economics at The University of Queensland (UQ) strives for academic excellence in everything we do. By leveraging on and extending our strengths in economics research and education, we seek to be leaders in addressing the big challenges that are faced globally by private and public sector organisations.

We want to empower our students to be the adaptable, game changing and global leaders and citizens of the future, bearing their education and employability at the forefront. We support innovative thinking in research and education. We have a social responsibility by which we see the benefits of combining outstanding research and education with delivering impact of benefit to public sector, corporate, non-profit partners and the broader community locally and globally.

Matthew Jones profile photoIncreasing the number of Indigenous students completing research focused postgraduate studies is imperative in order for research to be used to better inform government policy towards Indigenous Australians in general. It’s also important because it increases the likelihood that the research can be done in a culturally appropriate way.

Matthew Jones, a Torres Strait Islander from Darnley island. MBA Graduate, 2019

Read more: Our future economists: Scholarships for Indigenous students



To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

Applicants must be in receipt of or apply for and be awarded a living allowance scholarship of at least the Research Training Program rate to be eligible for this scholarship. This includes the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Scholarship. You do not need to apply separately for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Scholarship. By submitting an application for this top-up scholarship your application will also be considered for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Scholarship base stipend.

To be eligible you must be:

  • an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • studying full-time and onshore in Australia
  • assessed by the Graduate School as meeting all conditions for admission to the higher degree by research program.
  • Enrolled through the School of Economics

 Discover more scholarships via the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Unit.

Applicants are required to provide compelling evidence of their Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status. This would usually take the form of confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status under the common seal of a community organisation. Where exceptional circumstances apply, statutory declarations and other forms of documentation may be considered. Original or certified copies of supporting documentation must be provided.

Before you get started

If this scholarship has rules, download and read them.

How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow this link. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Before submitting an application you should:

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  1. Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  2. Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  3. Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘ECONOMICS-TOPUP’ in the 'Name of scholarship' field.

See an example of what you have to do

Learn more about applying for a higher degree by research at UQ


Professor Rodney Strachan
+61 7 3365 6782

Terms and conditions

Read the policy on UQ Research Scholarships.

A domestic 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.