2021 Flinders University AGRTP Scholarships for International Students

Description: The Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships (AGRTPS) (International) are specifically intended to support international students to undertake a Higher Degree by research at Flinders University.

The AGRTPS includes an international tuition fee offset, a living stipend and Overseas Health Care cover.

Please note:  For visa purposes, the AGRTPS IS a Commonwealth Sponsored Scholarship.

A limited number (up to 5) of AGRTPS are available each year and the scholarship round are highly competitive.  The AGRTPS is awarded to candidates who demonstrate outstanding aptitude for independent research. AGRTPS are considered on the basis of academic merit, academic research training, and research indicators and performance.

Scholarship Summary

Scholarship Details

The scholarship is tenable for up to three years for a Research Doctorate degree and up to two years for a Research Master’s degree.

Successful applicants are required to undertake full-time study and must be commencing a higher degree by research in Australia for the first time.

Scholarship Requirements

In order to be eligible to apply for the scholarship, applicants must:

  • Applicants must satisfy the University’s academic entry requirements for a Masters’s degree by research or Doctorate by research.
  • Applicants are required to have successfully completed a degree at least the equivalent/comparable to an Australian First Class Hons degree(this is a four-year degree with a major research project in the final year)
  • Applicants must have met the English proficiency levels set by Flinders University for international students at the time of application. Students for whom English is a foreign language will need to provide evidence of their English language competence.
  • Applicants must not hold an equivalent Higher Degree by research qualification.  Applications are only open to students commencing a Higher Degree by research in Australia for the first time. 
  • Applicants must not hold Australian citizenship, Australian permanent resident status or New Zealand citizenship. Please see the attached conditions of award for full eligibility criteria.

Scholarship Duration and Reward

The scholarships enable suitably qualified applicants to commence a full-time Higher Degree by research.

The AGRTPS pays the international student tuition fees charged by Flinders University for a Higher Degree by research.

The AGRTPS includes an international tuition fee offset, a living stipend paid at the rate of $28,594 (2021 rate), which is tax exempt and indexed annually, and Overseas Health Care cover.


An AGRTPS student who moves to Adelaide from overseas is eligible for an establishment allowance (after arrival at Flinders) of up to $1,485 to assist with relocation costs and airfares, provided receipts can be produced by the student.

Required Documents

All applicants are required to read the application guidelines provided below before submitting an application.
Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

To ensure your application is complete and competitive, please read and attend to the following:

Research Supervisor
You must make contact with an academic staff member and have an informal agreement from that person to supervise you if successful. Email evidence of the supervisor’s agreement should be included with your application. Applicants who do not have a supervisor at the time of application will not be considered for an AGRTPS/FIPRS.

Publications
You must include evidence that you have published; you may include up to five of your publications with your application.
Each publication must be accompanied by a completed cover sheet; publications without coversheets will not be considered. Publications will be used to judge the quality of previous research in the area that you intend to study at Flinders University. Applicants with more than five publications should consult with their Flinders University supervisor and select the top five. Explain briefly why these five were chosen. Do not provide more than five publications. Additional publications may be noted on your CV or in a separate list. Coversheets are not required for publications listed on the CV but not included among the top five.

Typically, only publications in English should be included among the top five. Publications in other languages will be accepted only if the nature of the publication (for example, a report to a government agency) dictates that another language is most appropriate.

Publications must not be more than 5 years old

Please note, due to the highly competitive nature of the AGRTPS, applicants who have not published are unlikely to be competitive.

Academic Transcripts
You must provide certified copies of all university-level academic transcripts, translated into English, please do not provide secondary school certificates or non-educational certificates or awards.

Research Proposal
You must include a research proposal of approximately 500 words in length, outlining the problem, hypothesis or question, and the methodology or approach.

Academic Referees
Complete Section A of two copies of the Academic Referee’s Confidential Report forms and forward them to two appropriate referees of your choice.  If possible, the referees should have an informed, personal and professional knowledge of your academic ability and be able to exercise judgment of your research potential. Indicate on your application form who the Referee Report forms have been sent to. Academic Referee reports must be returned to rhdscholarships@flinders.edu.au by 6 August 2021.

Curriculum Vitae
An updated CV outlining your work experience, all research experience, and a full list of cited publications should be included with your application.

Format & Language
All documents must be uploaded via the application portal and should be in English.  Please save as a PDF and scan and save in the correct orientation. Please name all documents with your family name and document name, for example, name_Transcript, name_publication 1.

Deadline: August 6, 2021

Application link: https://www.flinders.edu.au/scholarships-system/index.cfm/scholarships/display/a731e2

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