Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Scholarship Application Guide



Through the scholarship application process, CSU seeks to attract and facilitate the progress of high quality higher degree by research (HDR) candidates whose research interests align with the strategic priorities of the University.

Most Scholarship offered by CSU are funded through the Australian Government's Research Training Program.  The CSU Policy relating to scholarships funded under this program can be found here via the CSU Policy Library. 

Process of Assessment and Allocation of Awards

Preliminary assessment and ranking of scholarship applications is completed within the relevant Faculty and/or Research Centre. The assessment takes into account the academic qualifications and achievements of each applicant, their demonstrated research capacity and allows for prioritisation of strategic areas by Faculties as outlined below.

Advice from these assessment processes is integrated and provided to the Higher Degree by Research Scholarships Committee. The recommendations of the Higher Degree by Research Scholarships Committee are then submitted to the Presiding Officer of the Research Committee for endorsement/approval. 

Applicants will normally be notified of outcomes within two months of the application closing date.

Criteria for Assessment of Applications

Applications are assessed against three key areas:

  • Academic merit as an indicator of capacity makes up around 70% of the assessment. This assessment considers the nature and level of the applicant's highest, relevant qualification as well as the grade point average (GPA) achieved in that program.
  • Alignment with strategic research priorities and strengths contributes up to around 15% of the assessment. This includes the strength of alignment with the CSU Research Narrative; the supervisory capacity and the strength of the research environment within the field of research; and the expected impact and end user engagement of the proposed research.
  • Evidence of an applicant's research achievements and relevant professional experience contributes up to around 15% of the assessment. This includes such aspects as peer-reviewed research outputs, high esteem academic awards and prizes, relevant research or professional experience.

Evidence may include:

  • authorship of peer-reviewed journal articles books, book chapters, and conference papers
  • direction or execution of performances, productions, exhibitions, or designs appropriate to the discipline or medium concerned
  • editorial contributions to scholarly journals and other professional publications
  • invitations to address scholarly or professional meetings and conferences etc.
  • engagement in research projects
  • involvement in research commercialisation
  • service on committees or panels, in relation to research/professional activity
  • contributions of a scholarly kind to the affairs of a professional organization, learned society or community group
  • participation in formulating or assessing funded research proposals
  • invitations to act in an expert capacity
  • contribution to professional practice, acknowledged by appropriate peer recognition
  • successful involvement in consultancy work in terms of its contribution to the advancement of knowledge and/or its applications, and of professional practice