Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

APA

Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA)

The Australian Government funds Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA). APAs are awarded to postgraduate researchers with exceptional promise on the basis of academic merit and research potential. They are available to applicants intending to commence in 2017 or who are currently enrolled in a Higher Degree by Research program. Further information regarding APA's is available at the following site: -  https://education.gov.au/australian-postgraduate-awards

Eligibility

The Australian Postgraduate Awards are for full-time study towards higher degrees by research. These awards are highly competitive; only eligible applicants who meet the following criteria will be offered an award:

  • Available to Australian and New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents.
  • Have completed a Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours or can demonstrate an equivalent level of academic attainment through previous study, relevant work experience, research publications, referee’s reports and other research experience.
  • Will commence a Masters by Research or Research Doctorate in 2017, are currently enrolled in a Higher Degree by Research program.
  • Are enrolling as a full-time student or, in exceptional circumstances, be granted approval by CSU for a part-time award in line with the further award criteria
  • Have had their enrolment into the proposed Higher Degree by Research program accepted by CSU.

Awards will not be available to those who:

  • Are receiving another equivalent award, scholarship or salary from the Australian Government or its statutory authorities;
  • Have already completed a degree at the same, or higher, level;
  • Have previously had more than 6 months of a Commonwealth–funded postgraduate research scholarship.

The University will rank applicants by academic merit. The applicant’s place in the order of merit will not be affected by age, or having applied to another institution.

Award value

Stipend: Currently $26,288 per annum (2016 rate) and at present considered tax exempt. Stipend is indexed each year by the Australian Government.

Relocation Allowance: Maximum payable AUD $5,000.00. Scholarship recipients may be eligible for a relocation allowance in addition to the annual stipend for the cost of relocating themselves, their spouse and dependants to a new place of residence where this is necessary to enable the student to undertake the Masters by Research or Research Doctorate

Thesis Allowance: Can be claimed after submission of thesis on production of receipts for both the soft and hard bound thesis. Claims must be made within twelve (12) months of submission of the thesis and no longer than twenty four (24) months after the expiry or termination of the scholarship.

Tuition Fees: All domestic APA holders are exempt from fee liability under the Research Training Scheme (RTS) for a maximum of two (2) years full time equivalent for a Masters by Research and 4 years full time equivalent for a Research Doctorate.

Operating Funds:  Scholarship recipients are allocated an allowance per session of enrolment to assist with the reimbursement of costs associated with conducting their research studies.

Award Duration

The award is normally for two (2) years for Masters by Research and three (3) years for Research Doctorate. Periods of study already undertaken towards the degree prior to commencement in the APA, will be deducted from the period of tenure.

An extension of up to six (6) months may be granted for Research Doctorate candidates where the University is satisfied that the extension is based on grounds which are beyond the control of the candidate and related to their research rather than of a personal nature.

Scholarship recipients are entitled to twenty (20) days paid recreation leave per year calculated on a pro-rata basis. Students are also entitled to up to ten (10) days paid sick leave per year and may be eligible for up to twelve (12) weeks paid maternity leave within the tenure of the award.

Part-time Awards

Part-time awards may be offered to those of appropriate merit but who, for compelling social reasons, are unable to pursue full-time postgraduate study. A part-time award may be awarded to those scholarship recipients who are able to demonstrate heavy care commitments - care responsibilities for a pre-school child or school-aged children as a sole parent with limited access to outside support, or care responsibilities for an invalid or disabled spouse, child or parent - or a medical condition precluding full-time study. The desire to undertake part-time employment is not a compelling social reason.

Candidates for part-time awards will be ranked by the University along with applicants for full-time study. Holders of part-time awards will be able to convert to full-time at any stage.

Stipends for part-time APAs are not income tax-exempt.

How to Apply & Application Closing Date

THE SCHOLARSHIP ROUND FOR HIGHER DEGREE BY RESEARCH STUDENTS  CLOSED ON 31 OCTOBER 2016.  NO FURTHER APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.