International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS)

International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) are a tuition fee scholarship for full-time study towards a higher degree by research. These prestigious scholarships are funded by the Australian Government.

UWS supports IPRS awardees with a living allowance and overseas student health cover. Competition for scholarships is intense; only applicants with an excellent academic record and capacity to undertake research training in one of the University's areas of research strength will be offered an award.


The IPRS award provides for the full cost of tuition and overseas student health cover. The award may not provide for other fees charged by the University from time to time.

UWS also provides a living allowance - A$25,392 per annum in 2014 - indexed annually and paid fortnightly.


The tenure of both the award and the living allowance is three years for doctoral candidates and two years for Masters Honours (research masters) candidates.


Students from any overseas country, except New Zealand, who are commencing a new research degree course and do not already hold an equivalent degree are eligible to apply. Applicants for coursework awards are not eligible to apply, even where there is a research component in the degree. Students who have already commenced their research degree may not be eligible.

Current AusAID students are ineligible.

Closing date

Applications close on Friday 15 August 2014.

How will my application be ranked?

Applicants eligible for consideration for an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship will be ranked by the UWS Research Committee Scholarship Panel, following recommendation from the host School.

Eligible applicants will:

  • have an academic record at least equivalent to an Australian 1st Class Bachelor Honours degree. This is a four year degree with a major research project in the final year, with a score of at least 80 per cent.
  • be supervised in one of UWS' areas of research strength

How to apply

Step 1: Contact an academic advisor

Your application must include evidence that a suitable supervisor is available to supervise your proposed project. Please contact the relevant Higher Degree Research Director (opens in a new window) who will liaise with you regarding a suitable supervisor.

Step 2: Submit an application form

Complete and submit the relevant application form by the closing date.

All applicants are required to submit a research proposal and certified copies of their transcripts and certificates of completion. Applicants who have already applied for admission must still submit the IPRS application form.

If you have published your work in refereed journals or presented your work at conferences and wish this to be considered you should submit evidence of these achievements. Please refer to the instructions in the application for information on how to present this evidence.

Can currently enrolled candidates apply?

If you are currently enrolled in a research degree at any institution you may not be eligible to apply for these awards. Please contact the Research Scholarships Development Officer on for advice about your eligibility if this applies to you.

When will I be made an offer?

Scholarships are awarded in October and successful applicants should commence their course and scholarship in the Autumn session of the following year - March.

Can I work while on scholarship?

International students on scholarship are permitted to work the maximum number of hours as per their individual visa conditions. However, the University recognises that it is in your best interests to undertake a minimal amount of paid work to ensure you are able to focus on your studies. Scholarship holders are not obligated to undertake tutoring or other academic employment. In all cases the paid work must be approved by the University and must not interfere with your study program.

If you are unsure about the conditions of your visa please contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (opens in a new window)


Research Scholarships Development Officer
Office of Research Services
University of Western Sydney
Locked Bag 1797
Penrith NSW 2751
Telephone: +61 2 4736 0966

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