Gulbali Honours Research Support Scheme EOI

At a glance
  • Session 1 Applications closed
  • Session 1 Applications closed at 09:00am 15 Feb 2023
  • The final Outcome Notice Date:
    1 Mar 2023
  • Session 1 Applications will open on 10 Feb 2023
  • Available to:
    Commencing Students; Continuing Students
  • Value: Up to $4,000
  • Duration: one off payment

Honours students perform important research as part of the Charles Sturt University research effort. Successful honours completion is a critical pathway into higher degree programs. Experience has shown that financial support for students through their honours year can increase the quality of their final research thesis. The honours research support scheme is a way that students can access financial support to complete their studies to a high standard.

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for this scholarship you must be:

  1. Enrolled/accepted in a Charles Sturt University honours course, and, in the (equivalent) year of the award, be conducting a research project that is no less than 32 subject point
  2. The applicants principal supervisor will need to be Gulbali fellow or investigator on a Gulbali Institure administered project
  3. The applicant must meet the minimum standards set by the University for entry into honours (completion of a three year undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 5, or equivalent)
  4. The applicants proposed project must align with the Gulbali Institute's three pillars: Agriculture, Water and/or Environment

Please see the FAQs tab for Key Points to Note regarding your application.


What is it?

The Gulbali Institute will offer financial support to a limited number of honours students commencing in session 1, 2023. Expenditure must be directly related to student projects and will be utilised in consultation with the Gulbali business team, and principal supervisor, in accordance with university policies and procedures.

Alignment with Gulbali and 2030 research strategy

1. Student growth: Successful, student centred schemes will enhance the reputation of Gulbali and may lead to increases in future HDR enrolments.

2. Supervisor growth: The scheme encourages co-authorship and public accessibility of research among students, supervisors and other partners.

3. Assists Charles Sturt University with meeting its research-centred Coaldrake targets.

Specific Measurable Outcomes Outcomes of the scheme will be measured and reported by:

1. Number of successful honours completions

2. Number of honours students who transition into Higher Degree by Research (HDR) courses.

3. Tracking publications in nominated FOR codes relevant to ERA rankings.

Terms and Conditions

By accepting the scholarship offer you agree to:

  1. fulfil all requirements as set out in these guidelines;
  2. consent to Charles Sturt University accessing your student records for the purposes of assessing and administering the scholarship;
  3. provide any change of individual circumstances in writing to
  4. provide information and participate in surveys for promotional purposes and review of this scholarship;
  5. accept the terms and conditions of this scholarship.

The University reserves the right to undertake audits of individual student’s records to ensure adherence to these guidelines.


A scholarship recipient who undertakes an approved program of study overseas with another University as a cross-institutional student will be considered for payment of this scholarship during this period. This is conditional on the cross-institutional study being a requirement of the course and all other eligibility criteria being met.

A scholarship recipient should be aware that payments may be regarded as income by Centrelink and/or ATO it is the responsibility of the recipient to seek independent advice with respect to implications resulting from receiving this scholarship.

  1. Full-time students – scholarships are considered to be tax-exempt income for students who are studying full time at university.
  2. Part-time students – generally, scholarship funding provided to part-time students, regardless of their employment status, is not considered to be tax-exempt income. However, as long as the scholarship funding is used for non-tax-deductible expenses it may be classified as exempt income.

Please seek independent taxation advice regarding your personal circumstance where required or visit Is your scholarship taxable?

Charles Sturt University will treat any information provided by the applicant within the terms of relevant privacy legislation. See Charles Sturt University’s privacy policy for further information

Due to privacy laws, any discussion of a scholarship application or recipient will only take place with the scholarship applicant/recipient.

The information collected will be used by authorised University staff to assess eligibility and administer the scholarship program. The information may also be used for assessment purposes for other scholarships, grants and equity programs across the University. Recipient names and email addresses may be made available to departments within the University for marketing and research purposes. No details will be used externally for any reason without the recipient’s consent. Students should be aware that they provide information of their own free will.

Personal and health information provided by the applicant will not be made available to any person within the University or external organisation for any other purpose without the applicant’s consent, except where it may be a legal requirement of the University to provide information.

Key Points to Note

  • All funds must be expended by 30 November 2023.
  • Limited to one application per student.
  • Limited to one student application per principal supervisor.
  • Students undertaking honours at institutions other than Charles Sturt University are ineligible to apply.
  • Please demonstrate value-for-money in your budgeting and only seek support for funding that is essential to undertake your research.
  • Conference attendance will only be considered in exceptional circumstances and, if approved, will only be available for student attendance (not supervisor/s).
  • Students who commenced honours in 2022 are ineligible to receive funding.
  • Applications are welcome from students in all faculties provided a strong alignment with Gulbali values and/or focus areas can be demonstrated.
  • Expenditure will be managed through the Gulbali business team.
  • The student must create a Charles Sturt CRO account with a Gulbali affiliation.
  • The Gulbali Institute must be listed as the affiliation for authors of any manuscripts arising from the research undertaken.
  • The Gulbali Institute honours research support scheme must be acknowledged in the thesis and any emanating manuscripts.
  • The student will be required to submit a brief (one page) report upon submission of the thesis (a template will be provided).
  • Applications will be assessed by the Executive Director and Business Manager and/or a broader selection committee if deemed necessary, based on the number of applications received.
  • Depending on the number of applications received, the Gulbali Institute may elect to partially fund projects to increase the number of students that can be supported.
  • Enquiries should be directed to
  • Successful applicants will be notified in early March 2023.


  1. Active Student:  A student who is enrolled in subject/s in the current/commencing session. This excludes students on approved Leave of Absence.
  2. Carer: For Charles Sturt University’s purposes, a carer is defined as a person of any age, who without being paid (excluding Centrelink), cares for another person who needs ongoing support because of a long-term medical condition, a mental illness, a disability, frailty or the need for palliative care. A carer may or may not be a family member and may or may not live with the person. Volunteers under the auspices of a voluntary organisation are not included. Scholarship recipients may be in receipt of a Centrelink Carer Allowance or Carer Payment.
  3. Census Date: The date at which you can withdraw from a subject or course without financial penalty.
  4. Commencing Student: A student enrolled in and undertaking subjects in their first session of study.
  5. Commonwealth Supported Place:  A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is a subsidised higher education enrolment. The Australian Government subsidises a CSP by paying part of the fees for the place directly to the University.
  6. Commonwealth Supported Student:  A student enrolled in a CSP is referred to as a ‘Commonwealth supported student’. Students only pay the ‘student contribution’ amount, set by the university, for their units of study. (As defined in the Higher Education Support Act 2003).
  7. Conditional Offer: An offer of a scholarship which is made based on you continuing to meet the eligibility requirements as at session Census Date.
  8. Continuing Student: A student enrolled in, and undertaking, subjects in their second and subsequent sessions of study.
  9. Domestic Student (Student): Means a student with a permanent home address in Australia who is:
    1. An Australian citizen
    2. A New Zealand citizen
    3. A diplomatic or consular representative of New Zealand, a member of the staff of such a representative or the spouse or dependent relative of such a representative; or
    4. A student with an Australian permanent visa.
  10. Financial Need: A person is considered to be in financial need if they are in receipt of an eligible means-tested Centrelink benefit or in financial hardship. Refer to Eligible benefits in these guidelines.
  11. Financial Hardship: A person is considered to be in financial hardship when they find it difficult to provide for themselves, their family or dependents basic necessities such as food, accommodation, clothing, medical treatment and education.
  12. Full Fee paying: If you're a domestic student in a full-fee-paying place, it means your place receives no financial contribution from the government and you are required to pay the full cost of the course.
  13. Full-time: A full-time student is one who is enrolled to undertake an amount of study of at least three quarters (or 75%) of an equivalent full-time study load (EFTSL). At Charles Sturt University, this equates to being enrolled in three or more (8 point) subjects, or 24 subject points or more per session.
  14. Grade Point Average: A grade point is the numerical value assigned to a final grade to allow calculation of a Grade Point Average (GPA). GPA is the average of all final grades obtained by a student for courses within an academic program.
  15. Indigenous: for the purposes of these Guidelines, means a person who is of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; identifies as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; and is accepted as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in the community in which he/she lives or has lived.
  16. Integrated Program: Students are co-enrolled and study at both TAFE and Charles Sturt University.  Under this type of arrangement, specific courses are identified and a formal agreement is signed.
  17. Internal Student:  An internal student is a student that is studying the majority of subjects for any given session of the course as an on campus student.  For example, if a student is enrolled in four subjects for a session, then three or more subjects must be studied internally (on campus).  If a student is enrolled in three subjects for a session, then two or more subjects must be studied internally (on campus). The status as an internal student can change for each session of study.
  18. Leave of Absence: Official approval to be absent from your study, whilst still maintaining the status of enrolled student.
  19. Online Student:  A student enrolled in 75% or more of subjects in a given session studying online.
  20. Part-time:  A part-time student is one who is enrolled in one or two (8 point) subjects per session, which equates to 8 or 16 subject points per session.
  21. Postgraduate: A person who has obtained a degree from a university and is pursuing studies for a more advanced qualification.
  22. Pro Rata: a proportional distribution of the total amount to ensure equal allocation.
  23. Regional, Remote or Very Remote Area:The Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas (ASGC-RA) is a geographical system developed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to classify different living zones in Australia.  Classifications are postcode based and are identified as ‘Remote’, ‘Very Remote’, ‘Major Cities’, ‘Inner Regional’ and ‘Outer Regional’. To find your classification, you can view the following map.
  24. Special Circumstances: Circumstances which are beyond the student’s control and which a reasonable person would consider is not due to the student’s action or inaction, either direct or indirect, and for which the student is not responsible. This situation must be unusual, uncommon or abnormal.
  25. Undergraduate: Undergraduate students who are enrolled and are studying for approved undergraduate qualifications at eligible higher education providers. Approved undergraduate qualifications include Bachelor Degree, Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma and Diploma courses of study. Enabling courses do not qualify.

How to Apply

Please send a succinct PDF application to addressing the following criteria (no more than 100 words per criteria). Please ensure your entire statement against the criteria does not exceed one A4 page. Please arrange your response using the selection criteria as headings.

We will accept applications up until close of business on 15th February 2023.

Selection criteria

  1. Name and Student Number.
  2. Name of School.
  3. Title of proposed thesis.
  4. Name of principal supervisor.
  5. Synopsis of proposed research (200 words).
  6. RM reference number of associated Gulbali project(s) or a statement of relevance to the Gulbali institute (100 words).
  7. Itemised summary of the proposed budget (up to $4,000) in tabular form, including details of any co-funding.
  8. Statement on post-honours career aspirations, e.g. paid employment, Masters, PhD, other (no more than 100 words).

Please note. Applications which do not adhere to the requirements above will not be considered further. This includes applications longer than one A4 page

Session 1 applications closed at 09:00am 15 Feb 2023

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