Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University



Annually up to two (2) University Research Centre (URC) Scholarships are awarded per URC to applicants whose research area is relevant to the key research objectives of a CSU URC.

Public & Contextual Theology (PaCT)

The Centre for Public and Contextual Theology (PaCT) is an international leader in theological research hosted by Charles Sturt University. PaCT is ecumenical, orthodox and scholarly, with scripture, systematic theology, practical theology and ethics its major strengths. PaCT's twin focus of 'public' and 'contextual' refer more to its overarching concerns than to any particular theological method. PaCT aspires to be 'public' both in terms of striving for a widely sharable public meaningfulness in theology, and addressing compelling issues of global moment from a theological perspective. The 'contextual' priority refers to the contemporary awareness that theology is always situated, with discourses of race, gender, economics, and environment bringing a necessary critical context to 'faith seeking understanding'.

PaCT areas of research include:

  • Faiths and Cultures
  • Theory and praxis of PaCT
  • Religion and Society
  • Scripture and Social Ethics

Further information about PaCT is available at

Eligible applicants must be studying on a full-time basis towards a Masters by Research or Research Doctorate degree. URC - PaCT scholarships are available to applicants intending to commence in 2017, or are currently enrolled, in a Higher Degree by Research program.


  • University Research Centre scholarships are only available to Australian and New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents.
  • An applicant’s proposed research is to be aligned with the key objectives of the University Research Centre.
  • Applicants should hold, or expect to hold, at least a Bachelor degree with upper second class honours or a qualification deemed equivalent.
  • Will commence a Masters by Research or Research Doctorate in 2017, or 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.


A University Research Centre Scholarship is NOT transferable to another university.

Award value

Stipend: Currently $26,288 per annum (2016 rate) and at present considered tax exempt.

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: Maximum payable AUD $840.00. 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: Domestic URC - PaCT recipients are exempt from tuition fees 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, 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.

How to Apply & Application Closing Date