Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA)

Australian Postgraduate Awards provide a living allowance for high-quality research higher degree students. They are awarded on academic merit and research experience and/or potential.

Up to 35 APA's are available to outstanding applicants.

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a domestic applicant
  • enrol in a postgraduate research degree at the University of New England
  • not previously have held a Commonwealth-funded postgraduate research scholarship unless it was terminated within six months of the scholarship payments commencing.
  • not be receiving an equivalent award, scholarship or salary providing a benefit greater than 75% of the APA stipend rate to undertake the HDR. Income from sources unrelated to the course of study is not to be taken into account
  • not have completed a research degree at the same level as the proposed candidature, or at a higher level

It is normal for recipients to undertake study on a full-time basis, although, subject to strict criteria laid down by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR), the award may be offered for part-time study.

APA Round Dates:
(Applications can only be accepted during Scholarship Round Dates)

Opens29 July Closes 30 September


AU$26,288 (2016 rate) per annum tax free for full-time students, paid in fortnightly instalments.

AU$13,144 (2016 rate) per annum, taxable, for part-time students, paid in fortnightly instalments.

Maximum Duration:

Three years full-time for a doctoral degree, two years for a research Master's degree.

How to apply:

Please make sure you read the Domestic Students Scholarship Application Guidelines

Complete the Domestic Students Scholarship Application Form.

Detailed instructions are included on the form. Please make sure all required documentation is attached, or your application may not be considered.

Referee Reports

  • All applicants must provide two referee reports. The University will not request reports on your behalf.
  • Referees must be qualified to speak with knowledge about your work during the qualification most relevant to this application and on your capacity for research.  If you are also basing this application on relevant work experience/training, at least one of your referees must be able to comment on your relevant experience.

You must also provide contact details of your referees on the application form and ask them to submit their written reports directly to the University on the Referee's Report Form.

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Further information about these scholarships can be found in the Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines (Research) 2012.