UQ Spinal Cord Injury Higher Degree by Research Top Up and Research Costs Scholarship


Enrolment status New students, Currently enrolled students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area All study areas
HDR funding type Grant, Top-up Scholarship
Opening date 17 May 2019
Closing date 13 September 2019


The scholarship is open to domestic candidates planning to undertake a PhD or MPhil comprising translational research to improve the quality of life, approaches to care, or recovery of people with spinal cord injuries. It is made possible by a donor who wishes to support applied and translational research, covering any aspect of clinical care and rehabilitation of people with spinal cord injuries, including both physical and emotional wellbeing.

Topics may be situated in any discipline, including but not restricted to physiotherapy, occupational therapy, psychology, nursing, exercise physiology, and social work, or may be interdisciplinary.

The scholarship requires applicants to be in receipt of a living allowance scholarship of at least the Research Training Program rate ($28,092 for 2020, tax free, indexed annually) to be eligible to receive this top-up to the value of $10,000 per year of enrolment, plus an additional one-off payment of up to $5,000 for research costs, equipment, or research-related travel for site visits, data collection, and/or conference attendance. You can apply for a base stipend through the Research Training Program scholarship (RTP), awarded under the UQGSS via a competitive scholarship round.


To be eligible you must:

  • Be studying full-time and onshore in Australia.
  • Not hold a qualification at the same or a higher level than the higher degree by research program you are undertaking.
  • Not be receiving a living allowance award, scholarship or salary providing a benefit greater than 75% of the RTP Scholarship living allowance rate to undertake the higher degree by research program.
  • Hold a Commonwealth funded tuition fee and base stipend scholarship, or other scholarship of equivalent value.

Applicants will be ranked on the basis of:

  • Academic achievement and experience and the potential for scholastic success;
  • Appropriateness of the proposed project and expenditure plan to the intentions of the topic area (translational research that aims to improve the quality of life, approaches to care, or recovery of people with spinal cord injuries);
  • Any other matters the selection committee see fit.
Applications are closed.

Before you get started

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How to apply

Please complete the online form to submit your expression of interest. To be eligible to receive this top up scholarship you are required to be in receipt of a living allowance scholarship of at least $27,596.

Where requested in the application process, please include a brief statement (up to 300 words) explaining how you would use the $5,000 grant monies.

Selection criteria


    Applications are closed.


    Professor Christina Lee, Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Health & Behavioural Sciences
    Applications are closed.

    Terms and conditions

    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 on the work conducted as part of the scholarship, in which case they must comply or risk losing the scholarship.

    If you are awarded a scholarship after commencement there will be no retrospective payments of this scholarship.

    Applications are closed.