Grants with PhD Scholarships

Research grants often include PhD studentships. The information here will assist researchers to establish a studentship from their research grant. A PhD studentship in a research grant usually contains all or some of the following components:

A PhD scholarship - a stipend covering living costs worth $26, 682 in 2017

Tuition fees for an International PhD student - which covers the cost of International tuition fees

Overseas Student Health Care - the cost of health insurance that is mandatory for International students studying in Australia

Top-Up Funding - these amounts vary and are used to 'top up' the stipend

Operational Funding - these amounts can vary, and are funds used to cover the cost of research

Fieldwork and travel funding - funds to cover research-related travel and fieldwork costs.

Advertising for an HDR Candidate

Advertising to fill an PhD studentship is not difficult, but it does need to be planned to ensure that the best candidates are recruited. Grant-holders should consider the following:

Advertising in newspapers might seem sensible, but it can be expensive and may not target potential candidates. 

Research Services can put an ad for the studentship on the University website, and on Hobsons Scholarship Course Finder. Both of these will reach potential HDR candidates actively looking for PhD programs.

The best way to advertise a PhD studentship is to use the Research Services link and circulate that, with a short introductory email, to professional networks of the researchers, and through research and/or professional societies, as well as to colleagues working in the field.

Selecting an HDR Candidate

Researchers need to be aware that they cannot direct appoint to government funded PhD studentships. All candidates must be selected through a competitive, merit-based application process.

If candidates are not selected through through a competitive process, they may be liable to taxation (even of a non-taxable stipend), and Research Services may decline to administer the scholarship.

Any recruitment needs to be conducted in line with the University's requirements around fairness and equity, in line with the UNE Code of Conduct, and with respect to UNE's conflict of interest policy and procedures.

Grant-Holder Selection Process

Detailed information about how to go about advertising and selecting an HDR candidate can be found on the Grant-Holder Selection Process webpage.

For further information please contact the HDR Team in Research Services.