How to apply

Applicants should consult the relevant College before lodging a formal application. The College's webpage or the University list of research topics may be another useful source of information.

It is essential that qualified members of the academic staff be willing to act as advisors of your degree before you submit your application for candidature.

Applications for Research Degree Candidature can be submitted at any time.

Please note that applicants also applying for a competitive JCU scholarship must submit a scholarship application in addition to a candidature application.  Please refer to the GRS Scholarships webpage for further information.

Application Procedure

Step 1

If you have not already checked your eligibility and/or found an advisor(s) who are willing to supervise your research degree, please complete the Expression of Interest for a Higher Degree by Research process.

Step 2

Complete the APP_FORM_01 Supplementary Form for Higher Degree by Research Application form in conjunction with your prospective advisor(s) and ensure it is signed and that you have the required documentation ready.  Download a required documentation checklist here.

Step 3

To submit an application, visit the JCU Courses and Study webpage.  Once you have chosen your preferred course, click on 'Apply Now' on the course webpage and follow prompts for the online application process.  If you are applying for a scholarship, your scholarship application can be submitted via the online system once your candidature application has been completed.

Step 4

Send the link for submission of Referee Reports to your two nominated referees.  Alternatively, your referees may prefer to use the PDF version of the report form, which can be completed electronically and emailed to