Australian Postgraduate Awards
2017 Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA)/
Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) Round
- Annual competitive round for domestic research scholarship applications
- Applications close 31 October 2016
- Three year stipend/living allowance scholarships $26 288 per annum (2016 rate)
Macquarie University funds Higher Degree Research (HDR) scholarships through the Macquarie Research Excellence Scholarship Scheme (MQRES) for domestic candidates. We fund postgraduate research candidates of exceptional research promise and develop researchers with a proven capacity for research.
100% of Macquarie University’s Research has been evaluated as being world class or above through the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ratings.
The Strategic Research Framework 2015 – 2024 is our roadmap by which we deliver World-Leading Research with World-Changing Impact.
To help support our strategic objectives, Macquarie University is offering Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) and Macquarie University Excellence Scholarships (MQRES) for domestic candidates’ commencement in Session 1, 2017.
The number of available scholarship places varies from year to year.
What is an APA?
The Australian Postgraduate Award is a government-funded scholarships scheme.
To be eligible to apply for an APA, applicants must be eligible for direct entry into Macquarie University’s new 3 year PhD program or 2 year MPhil program. Successful applicants are expected to undertake their candidature full-time and on-site.
Applications are open to new domestic applicants and to currently enrolled domestic MPhil or PhD candidates.
What about the MRes Pathway?
The Master of Research (MRes) is a master’s level postgraduate research training pathway program where you specialise in research preparation, focus on a specific research topic and are required to submit a 20,000 word thesis for completion. If you successfully complete this program you could successfully progress to a 3 year PhD program having gained an additional Master of Research qualification
If you are unsure if you qualify for direct entry into a PhD, MPhil OR if you would be eligible for entry to a Master of Research (MRes), you are encouraged to apply on the PhD application form and nominate that you are applying for 2017 APA round. All domestic applicants eligible for direct entry to MRes Year 2 will be considered for scholarship based on academic merit.
Currently enrolled Macquarie University Master of Research (MRes) Year 2 students who wish to progress to a PhD in 2017 do not need to apply for scholarships through this main round. Domestic students who complete the MRes Year 2 will automatically be considered for PhD scholarships based on their program outcome. For more information, please refer to the MRES Examination Process
Value and tenure
The APA is valued at $26,288 per annum tax exempt (2016 rate) and is paid as a fortnightly stipend. APAs are awarded for up to three (3) years for a full-time Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and for up to two (2) years for a full-time Master of Philosophy (MPhil).
The University also awards a number of Macquarie funded MQRES scholarships to the same value as the APA through this competitive round.
Master of Research pathway scholarship information is available on the Research Pathway scholarships webpage.
The earliest date for commencement of award is 1 January 2017.
Applicants must be citizens of Australian or New Zealand or have been granted Australian permanent residency by the application closing date of 31 October 2016.
More information about eligibility for PhD and MPhil programs is available here:
Successful scholarship applicants will usually have:
- an outstanding academic record
- a history of scholarships and prizes
- and may have evidence of peer-reviewed research activity such as publications and/or conference presentations
For reference see the scholarship rating criteria
While currently enrolled PhD and MPhil candidates are eligible to apply, any consumed prior enrolment will be counted as advanced standing and will reduce the scholarship duration offered.
How to Apply
Applications are now open.
New applicants for the APA round must apply via the E-application system. To apply, go to How to Apply.
For applicants currently enrolled at Macquarie University please submit the hard copy version of the application form.
Additional Information for Applicants is here
We strongly recommend that all applicants submit their application and all required documents well before the closing date.
Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Emailed applications are not accepted.
The completed and submitted E application or original application must be received no later than 31 October 2016. (5pm AEST for hard copy applications, 11.59pm AEST for E applications)
Important Note: Referee reports are checked for authenticity. Referees may be contacted to verify details. Once completed, referee reports should not be returned to the applicant. The referee is requested to email this report directly to the University at the address provided.
Successful applicants must commence their APA or MQRES in Session 1, 2017.
Please note that applicants shall be advised of the outcome of their applications for this main round from early December 2016 onwards.
Important note: Referee reports are checked for authenticity. Referees may be contacted to verify details. Once completed, referee reports should not be returned to the applicant. The referee is requested to email this report directly to Macquarie University at the address provided.
HDR Scholarships Officers, Higher Degree Research Office
Phone: (02) 9850 1893 or (02) 9850 9782