How to apply

All applications must be submitted via the Online Application Portal.

  1. Check your eligibility for a Higher Degree by Research at JCU (HDR Requirements Clause 1.1).
  2. Search for Projects, or view the Register of Advisors to assist you with finding a project and advisory panel. Alternatively if you have your own project idea, you could submit an expression of interest for a Higher Degree by Research to assist in matching you with an advisor.
  3. Complete APP-FORM-01 Higher Degree by Research Application Form and ensure that you have your other documents ready as listed below.
  4. Select your course code from the Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy pages and hit 'Apply' to go to the Online Application Portal.
  5. Within the portal, follow the prompts under 'My Course Applications.'  Don’t forget to have the Required Documentation and Optional Documentation listed below, ready to submit online.
  6. Send the link for submission of Referee Reports to your two nominated referees. These should be referees who are able to provide information about you in an academic or professional context, such as previous research advisors/supervisors, lecturers, teachers or employers.
  7. If you wish to be considered for a Postgraduate Research Scholarship, you will be asked to indicate this within the online application.  More information on scholarships is available at Postgraduate Research Scholarships Page. (Note: If you are already enrolled in your Higher Degree by Research course and you wish to apply for a scholarship, please go to MyStudent. Enquiries should be forwarded to

Required Documentation

  • APP-FORM-01 Higher Degree by Research Application
  • Transcripts and testamurs for all qualifications completed or currently underway
  • Proof of citizenship or residency in the form of a passport, birth certificate or visa
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Current curriculum vitae (CV)

Optional Documentation