Every year James Cook University is able to provide scholarships, in the form of a stipend or living allowance, to Higher Degree by Research candidates on a competitive basis. The scholarship is to cover the living expenses of excellent candidates so that they can focus on their studies and be supported to successful completion of their degree.
The award value is $26,288 (2016 rate) per annum, tax free, paid as a fortnightly stipend for 3 years initially.
Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to the top ranking applicants.
James Cook University offers two types of competitive scholarship:
These competitive scholarships are open to domestic and international research applicants. This scholarship incorporates the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) and James Cook University Postgraduate Research Scholarship (JCUPRS.)
***There MAY be some opportunities for Domestic applicants only to commence a scholarship in 2016.*** If you are a Domestic candidate wishing to be considered for a 2016 commencement please apply by 31 August 2016 and indicate so at the final question in the application.
These competitive scholarships are open to domestic and international research applicants and have specific requirements, including the agreement of an Advisor from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS).
International applicants: are defined as applicants other than Australian citizens/New Zealand citizens/Australian permanent residents. Domestic applicants: are defined as Australian citizens/New Zealand citizens/Australian permanent residents or Humanitarian Visa holders. Proof of citizenship is required on application.
All competitive JCU scholarship applicants must ensure they:
If you are currently enrolled in a Higher Degree by Research at JCU, go directly to step 2.
Applicants are encouraged to speak to their prospective Advisors regarding their intention to apply for a scholarship. Specific questions regarding competitiveness should be directed to the relevant College Associate Dean of Research Education. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to the Graduate Research School at GRS@jcu.edu.au.
For the procedure on the communication of scholarship applications or how the applications are ranked, please refer to the 2017 Scholarship Scoring Procedure.
Academic Referee's Report - Fillable PDF
Academic Referee's Report - Online Form
Professional Experience Form - Word document
JCU competitive scholarships do not cover the University's Student Services & Amenities Fee, which applies to both domestic and international HDR candidates. For further information, please visit the SSA Fee webpage.
JCU competitive scholarships do not cover international relocation costs to JCU to commence the research degree.
JCU competitive scholarships do not cover the cost of any type of health insurance or overseas health cover.
Prospective international and domestic applicants can apply for externally funded research scholarships at any time, according to the terms and conditions of the scholarship or grant program. On the award of a scholarship from the funding body, the applicant should apply to undertake a research higher degree candidature at JCU. Enquiries relating to the award of external scholarships and candidature application and enrolment should be forwarded to GRS@jcu.edu.au.
Below is a list of some of the scholarship opportunities currently available. In addition, JCU staff and students are encouraged to use Research Professional to search for funding opportunities and funding related news. For further information on Research Professional, contact the JCU Research Services team. See also the JCU Scholarships, Bursaries and Grants webpage