PVC's Research Excellence Scholarship Round 2021 - International

PVC's Research Excellence Scholarship Round 2021 - International

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Opening Date

20 Apr 2021 12am AEST 

Closing Date

21 May 2021 11pm AEST 

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The Pro-Vice Chancellor’s Research Excellence Scholarship is for international applicants who are eligible to commence a Doctor of Philosophy in Sydney on 01 August (Session 2) 2021.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is awarded for research that demonstrates that the candidate has the capacity to conduct research independently and form a distinct contribution to the knowledge of the subject and to afford evidence of coherence and originality shown either by the discovery of new facts or by the exercise of independent critical power.

Selection process:

Macquarie University offers available awards to eligible candidates in accordance with the MQ Research Training Program Scholarship Policy, and the Macquarie University HDR Scholarship Rating Criteria.

Selection processes for candidates to be awarded a Pro-Vice Chancellor’s Research Excellence Scholarship will also include considerations of the Research Environment. This may include an evaluation of the alignment of the candidate’s project with Macquarie University’s research strategy and research priorities, the quality of the supervisory team, and the international standing of the research area.


Scholarship Eligibility:

Awards will only be available to applicants meeting the Eligibility and Selection Criteria who:

  • are onshore in Australia at the time of application.
  • intend to reside in Sydney, Australia during their candidature.
  • meet the English Language Requirement for MQ HDR Programs at the time of application.
  • are enrolling as full-time students.
  • meet the admission criteria for direct entry into the PhD, for commencement in August 2021
  • have a valid visa allowing you to commence your study in August 2021, at the time of application. Note that you will still be required to apply for a Student Visa prior to commencement, should your current visa not allow you to study in Australia until the end of the 3 year PhD program.

Awards will not be available to those who:

  • currently enrolled in a Macquarie Higher Degree Research Program
  • are in a progressing MRes Yr2 - PhD cohort
  • are receiving another equivalent or major award, scholarship or salary to undertake the proposed program,
  • have already completed a research degree at the same or higher level than the proposed candidature.
  • Wish to commence their PhD program in 2022 (deferrals will not be available).
  • provide false or misleading information to the University. Where there is reason to believe this condition has not been upheld, the University reserves the right to reassess the student’s entitlement to the award.
  • submit incomplete applications.

Award-holders may:

  • be in receipt of minor awards, allowances, or other earnings which are supplementary to MQRES, or derived from part-time work undertaken within the guidelines set by the relevant scholarship conditions,
  • receive stipend top-up funding from industry or other sources to a maximum equivalent of 75% of the basic Research Training Program (RTP) stipend rate ($28,597 p.a. in 2021),
  • be in receipt of additional funds for fieldwork, equipment, and other such expenses not covered by the award.
Selection criteria

    Macquarie University ranks applicants on the basis of academic merit, relevant research output, and experience and/or potential and the University’s Strategic Research Framework 2015 to 2024 World-Leading Research with World-Changing Impact. You must satisfy all the criteria for admission to Macquarie University.

    If you are seeking to establish eligibility for a scholarship you are encouraged to provide full documentary evidence of your achievements to assist in the assessment of your qualifications. Other relevant research qualifications which may be considered include:

  • Completion of a research Masters degree or equivalent e.g. a coursework Masters with a substantial research component (you will be asked to provide information on your thesis abstract, length, grade, examination process, and the percentage of research component in the course)
  • Published research (preferably in refereed publications: journals, books, book chapters, etc)
  • Conference presentations (preferably refereed)
  • Highly relevant and substantial work-related research experience.

Assessment of Qualifications gained overseas:

Information about the assessment of qualifications gained overseas can be found here.

Scholarship Components

Successful candidates will receive: 

  • Stipend for 3 years maximum (indexed annually, 2021 rate $28,597 p.a.)
  • Tuition-fee offset scholarship for 3 years maximum.

How to Apply

Online applications for commencement in Session 2 2021 will open on Tuesday, 20 April 2021 and close on Friday, May 21 2021, 11:59PM (AEST).

We encourage applicants to submit their application as early as possible prior to the deadline.

Outcomes will be issued in early July 2021, with candidates expected to commence their program in August 2021

To apply, please visit our How To Apply page.

Please note that applicants who have received a valid Macquarie University letter of offer for a Doctor of Philosophy program within the last 6 months must submit an online HDR Application for Scholarship Only. Please refer to the additional information for applicants document for instructions on how to submit a Scholarship Only application.


Applicants must contact the relevant Department/Centre/Research Area with which they wish to study prior to submitting their application.

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