Scholarships and fees for research degrees

The main type of financial support available to graduate research candidates is in the form of scholarships. There are scholarships available to cover some or all the following;

  • living allowance
  • tuition fees
  • relocation allowance

Scholarships are allocated competitively based on academic merit, experience, prior learning and other relevant attainments. Priority is given to new candidates in strategic research areas.

Major scholarships

The Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) scholarships and the Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) are awarded throughout the year to high quality international and domestic candidates.

If you are considering applying for a scholarship please review the college specific scholarship closing dates for each round, noting whether the round is open to domestic and/or international applications.

Awarded competitively to students of exceptional research potential to assist with living costs while undertaking a Higher Degree by Research. Living Allowance

AUD $28,854 per annum (2022 rate). This rate is indexed annually on 1st January.

Standard Duration

PhD: 3.5 years with no extension available. It is important to be aware that the duration of the scholarship is less than the maximum length of candidature which is 4 years.

Masters: 2 years with no extension available.

Tuition Fees

International: Unless a Tuition Fee Scholarship has been awarded, international HDR candidates are charged tuition fees for the duration of their research degree. International candidates pay an annual fee, please see the tuition fee rates (per annum) for 2022 (PDF 240.1 KB).

Domestic: The RTP Fees Offset covers tuition fees for domestic candidates enrolled in a research degree for the duration of the course with no extension available. The value of an RTP Fee Offsets is equivalent to the tuition fee rates for 2020 published on the Graduate Research website.

Relocation Allowance

The RTP Allowance can assist with costs associated with relocating to Tasmania to undertake a Higher Degree by Research up to AUD $2,000.

Eligibility & Conditions of Award

For detailed information about eligibility and conditions of award please see the University;

Please Note; the RTP Scholarship does not cover costs and fees, such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee, Overseas Health Cover and visa costs. These are the candidate's responsibility.

For further information please see the Department of Education, Skills and Employment Research Training Program website.

Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarships are available across all research disciplines at the University of Tasmania and will be awarded to applicants with demonstrated research ability.

Living Allowance

AUD $28,854 per annum (2022 rate). This rate is indexed annually on 1st January.

Standard Duration

PhD: 3.5 years with no extension available. It is important to be aware that the duration of the scholarship is less than the maximum length of candidature which is 4 years.

Masters: 2 years with no extension available.

Tuition Fees

International: Unless a Tuition Fee Scholarship has been awarded, international HDR candidates are charged tuition fees for the duration of their research degree. International candidates pay an annual fee, please see the tuition fee rates (per annum) for 2022 (PDF 240.1 KB).

Domestic: The Australian Government currently provides funding to all Australian universities to cover tuition fees for domestic candidates enrolled in a research degree for the duration of the course with no extension available.

Relocation Allowance

The TGRS provides an allowance to assist with costs associated with relocating to Tasmania to undertake a Higher Degree by Research up to AUD $2,000.

Eligibility & Conditions of Award

For detailed information about eligibility and conditions of award please see the University;

Please Note; the TGRS Scholarship does not cover costs and fees, such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee, Overseas Health Cover and visa costs. These are the candidate's responsibility.

Prestigious scholarships

Applications for the 2023 Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship is now closed. For more information visit the Prestigious scholarships website.

This scholarship honours the life and work of the late Japanangka errol West, an internationally recognised poet and scholar. Japanangka errol was a leading Tasmanian Aboriginal academic, known for his scholarship in the field of Indigenous methodologies and pedagogies.

Value and Duration

The scholarship provides over $50,000pa for 3.5 years including a base stipend at the RTP rate of $28,854pa (2022 rate indexed annually) plus a $21,500 top-up pa.

Closing date

6 March 2023

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:

Applicants must:

  • be eligible to enrol in a full time Masters or Doctoral degree at the University of Tasmania in 2022, and
  • not be receiving an equivalent award, scholarship or salary to undertake the proposed program (equivalent being defined as greater than 75% of the stipend), an
  • meet the Australian Government’s definition of Aboriginality, which requires that an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
    • is of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent;
    • identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person; and
    • is accepted as such by the community in which he or she lives or has lived
  • complete the declaration of Aboriginality.

*These scholarships are subject to Exemption 13/09/033 that permits advertising for and awarding of the scholarships to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates only.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College and the UTAS Indigenous Student Success Program (ISSP) committee.

Funding

The scholarship is funded by the University of Tasmania and the Indigenous Student Success Program (ISSP).

Application Process

Applicants may:

  • apply for an advertised HDR project listed on the Available Projects webpage (must be closing on 18 July 2022), or
  • contact the Office of Aboriginal Leadership for assistance in seeking a Supervisor to develop your own project

In your application, please indicate under Scholarship Support that you wish to be considered for a UTAS merit-based scholarship for a living allowance, as well as Japanangka errol West Graduate Research Scholarship.

After submitting your application for candidature, please contact GraduateResearch.Scholarships@utas.edu.au with your name, application ID number and the name of the scholarship you have applied for.

More information

For more information, please contact Huw Peacock in the Office of the PVC Aboriginal Leadership or the Graduate Research Office GraduateResearch.Scholarships@utas.edu.au

Commencing in 2018 , this program seeks to strengthen Aboriginal engagement at the University of Tasmania by providing opportunity for senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to undertake higher degree research projects of importance to Aboriginal communities, particularly the palawa people of Tasmania. It provides a supportive pathway for Indigenous research, offering supervision from experienced Aboriginal researchers tailored to the individual needs of the candidate, ongoing skill-development workshops, and a generous stipend for the duration of the candidature (3 years for PhD, 2 years for MRes).

Topics which may be undertaken include, but are not restricted to: biographies and histories of Aboriginal people; organisations or communities; language; health; law; social or economic development; land; sea and; cultural resource management.

Closing date

6 March 2023

Drafting and Submitting Your Application

There are a number of stages which are required in order to prepare and submit your application, a checklist for this process may be found here (DOCX 23.0 KB). The first task is to formulate a research topic and project which is relevant to Aboriginal communities and is appropriately sized to the selected program (PhD or MRes, for the difference please see here). Within this stage it is important to both align your research topic to a relevant discipline (e.g. sociology or history), consider which methods and methodology to be adopted (e.g. surveys, quantitative or qualitative) and ensure it is achievable within the time allotted time period (not too large or small). We recommend speaking with the HDR Support Person from the Office of the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Aboriginal Leadership (see below for contact details) or an academic known to you who may be able to assist you in this regard.

For the application process itself, there this an initial expression of interest to submit and if this is approved, you may then prepare your research proposal and application (see Apply Now). The research proposal is a short two-page pitch for your project, outlining why it is important, how it will be undertaken and what it will seek to achieve. A set of resources are provided below to assist you to complete your proposal, including some proposals for research completed by Aboriginal researchers at the University of Tasmania. For further information, we recommend Social Research Methods edited by Distinguished Professor Maggie Walter.

Research Proposal Template (DOCX 799.6 KB)

Research Proposal A (DOCX 822.2 KB)

Research Proposal B (DOCX 800.7 KB)

Research Proposal C (DOCX 800.8 KB)

For more Information

Please contact the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Aboriginal  Leadership for further information regarding Higher Degrees by Research (HDR): pvc.aboriginal.leadership@utas.edu.au

Externally funded scholarships

The China Scholarship Council (CSC) and the University of Tasmania are jointly offering PhD research scholarships to students from the People's Republic of China (PRC).

Applications for PhD candidature are invited from research areas including but not limited to:

  • Oceanography, marine, Antarctic, maritime, fisheries and aquaculture, including associated research in international policy and law
  • Geosciences including igneous petrology, geochemistry, melt/fluid inclusion research, volcanology, structural geology, tectonics, geophysics, ore petrology and geo-metallurgy
  • Agricultural research maximising the sustainable economic development of agricultural industries including dairy production, extensive agriculture, perennial horticulture, vegetable production and food safety, and addressing whole-of-industry issues, including biosecurity and climate change
  • Separation science research encompassing monolithic stationary phases, the development of new hyphenated and multidimensional separations, biomarkers for the Tasmania Devil Facial Tumour Disease, studies on stationary phase selectivity and capacity, retention modelling in ion chromatography and applications
  • Health and medical research including immunology, epidemiology, dementia and disease prevention
  • Fine, creative and performing arts, and musical performance and composition

Eligibility criteria

Applications will be accepted from applicants who have graduated from Chinese universities and institutions to study for a University of Tasmania (UTAS) PhD degree, who meet eligibility requirements as prescribed by China Scholarship Council (CSC) and UTAS in accordance with rules and policies. If the successful candidate completes the requirements of the designated program and successfully defends their dissertation, they will be conferred with a Doctor of Philosophy degree by UTAS.

Entry requirements for the University of Tasmania are outlined on the What is a Research Degree webpage.

Applicants must also meet the selection criteria as set out by China Scholarships Council.

Application and selection procedure

Applicants shall apply directly to UTAS for acceptance before lodging an application directly to the China Scholarships Council (CSC).

Application to UTAS    

When applying applicants should note the following steps and key dates:

  • Identify your chosen project via the Available Projects page and apply via the apply now link in the advertisement
  • Notify your proposed Supervisor of your intention to apply for a CSC Scholarship by Friday 20th January 2023 (note this step is important so your application may be identified early)
  • When submitting your full application, please specify that you are applying for CSC Scholarship
  • Applicants must submit their full application to UTAS by COB Tuesday 31st January 2023
  • If successful with UTAS, an offer letter will be issued by COB Friday 10th February 2023 and be conditional on the candidate receiving a China Scholarships Council scholarship

Please note, some applicants may be required to undergo a separate selection process at their PRC home institution for China Scholarships Council Scholarships.  If an applicant’s home institution requires a University of Tasmania letter of offer for their selection process before the closing date, applicants must submit their application early and inform their proposed supervisors.

Incomplete applications, or applications received after the closing date, may not be assessed prior to the deadline for consideration for a CSC scholarship.

Application to China Scholarships Council

Applicants who have obtained the offer letter from UTAS shall submit their application and supporting documents to China Scholarships Council for consideration.  Applicants may check the China Scholarships Council website for confirmation of dates.

China Scholarships Council will then evaluate the candidates and provide UTAS with a final list of scholarship recipients and inform the successful applicants directly.

Please note that the information above is subject to change based on current CSC's agreement with UTAS (June 2022).

Current donor funded scholarships

Overview

This scholarship is made possible through the generosity of the late Dr Daphne Cooper who was a lecturer in the School of Psychology from 1960 until her retirement in 1975. Originally a graduate of the University of Tasmania in Arts (1941), she undertook postgraduate studies in clinical psychology at University of Western Australia before completing her PhD in Psychology at the University of Tasmania in 1971. Daphne's long-term interests in educational and developmental psychology reflect her early career in teaching and her work as a vocational guidance officer for the Tasmanian Education Department.

Value & Duration

This scholarship provides $3,000pa for 3.5 years.

Please note you must already be holding a Research Training Program (RTP) stipend or equivalent to abase living allowance stipend.

Closing Date

6 March 2023

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:

  • PhD candidate who has been offered or awarded a base stipend at the RTP rate
  • PhD candidate with a research project in the School of Psychological Sciences
  • The award is determined by demonstration of academic merit

Please note this scholarship is open to both new and current applicants with a preference for commencing.

Application Process

Applicants who wish to commence a Higher Degree by Research should visit the University of Tasmania’s Apply Now website and complete an application.

All applicants that meet the eligibility criteria will automatically be considered for this scholarship.

Applicants who are already enrolled in a Higher Degree by Research at the University of Tasmania, please complete and submit the Donor-Funded Scholarship Application form for Current Candidate (Word 74KB) to GraduateResearch.Scholarships@utas.edu.au.

More information

Please contact GraduateResearch.Scholarships@utas.edu.au for more information.

1. The Scholarship will be awarded as a Top-up Scholarship for PhD candidates already holding or eligible for a Research Training Program (RTP) stipend or equivalent base living allowance stipend.

2. The eligibility criteria are:

  • For a PhD candidate who has been offered or awarded a base stipend at the RTP rate;
  • For a PhD candidate with a research project in the School of Psychological Sciences
  • The award is determined by demonstration of academic merit

3. The Scholarship selection will be determined by demonstration of academic merit by an approved selection process overseen by the Dean of Graduate Research with specific regard to the eligibility criteria as detailed in clause 3.

4. The Scholarship is tenable for up to 3.5 years of the student’s course of study. The duration of the Scholarship will be reduced by any periods of study undertaken: (a) towards the degree prior to the commencement of the Graduate Research Scholarship; or (b) towards the degree during suspension of the Graduate Research Scholarship and is subject to the student:

  • continuing in full-time study or in part-time study if approved by the Graduate Research Office;
  • continuing to make satisfactory academic progress as determined by the Graduate Research Office;
  • providing a report on their progress in writing or in person as specified in the conditions of their award as requested by the Graduate Research Office.

5. The Advancement Office will set the annual value of the Scholarship.

6.. The Dean of Graduate Research and Graduate Research Office will determine all other matters concerning the Scholarship, including advertising, application procedures and the method and time of payment.

Overview

The late Dr Joan Woodberry AM, an alumna of the University of Tasmania, bequeathed her estate to make a fellowship available at the University of Tasmania. This gift, along with a contribution from the College of Science and Engineering will provide a fellowship available to talented women.

Value & Duration

This scholarship provides living allowance of $28,854 per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) and $7,500 per annum top-up scholarship (not indexed) for 3.5 years with no extension.

Closing Date

6 March 2023

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:

  • Female Australian citizen undertaking postgraduate study in the fields of engineering or bioscience at the University of Tasmania

Application Process

Applicants who wish to commence a Higher Degree by Research should visit the University of Tasmania’s Apply Now website and complete an application.

All applicants that meet the eligibility criteria will automatically be considered for this scholarship.

More information

For detailed information about conditions of award please see the University;

Please Note; this Scholarship does not cover costs and fees, such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee. This is the candidate's responsibility.

Please contact GraduateResearch.Scholarships@utas.edu.au for more information.

Overview

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (Tasmanian Branch) has established this scholarship to promote and foster the furtherance of research and post graduate education in pharmacy.

Value & Duration

This top-up scholarship provides $8,000 p.a. for 3.5 years.

Please note you must already be holding a Research Training Program (RTP) stipend or equivalent to abase living allowance stipend.

Closing Date

6 March 2023

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:

  • PhD candidate who has been offered or awarded a base stipend at the RTP rate
  • PhD candidate with a research project in pharmacy practice in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
  • The award is based on academic merit

Application Process

Applicants who wish to commence a Higher Degree by Research should visit the University of Tasmania’s Apply Now website and complete an application.

All applicants that meet the eligibility criteria will automatically be considered for this scholarship.

Applicants who are already enrolled in a Higher Degree by Research at the University of Tasmania, please complete and submit the Donor-Funded Scholarship Application form for Current Candidate (Word 74KB) to GraduateResearch.Scholarships@utas.edu.au.

More information

Please contact GraduateResearch.Scholarships@utas.edu.au for more information.

  1. The Scholarship will be awarded as a Top-up Scholarship for PhD candidates already holding or eligible for a Research Training Program (RTP) stipend or equivalent base living allowance stipend.
  2. The eligibility criteria are:
    1. For a PhD candidate who has been offered or awarded a base stipend at the RTP rate;
    2. For a PhD candidate with a research project in pharmacy practice in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
    3. The award is based on academic merit
  3. The Scholarship selection will be undertaken  by the School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology Research Committee and overseen by the Dean of Graduate Research with specific regard to the eligibility criteria as detailed in clause 2.
  4. The Scholarship is tenable for up to 3.5 years of the student’s course of study. The duration of the Scholarship will be reduced by any periods of study undertaken: (a) towards the degree prior to the commencement of the Graduate Research Scholarship; or (b) towards the degree during suspension of the Graduate Research Scholarship and is subject to the student:
    1. continuing in full-time study or in part-time study if approved by the Graduate Research Office;
    2. continuing to make satisfactory academic progress as determined by the Graduate Research Office;
    3. providing a report on their progress in writing or in person as specified in the conditions of their award as requested by the Graduate Research Office.
  5. The Advancement Office will set the annual value of the Scholarship.
  6. The Dean of Graduate Research and Graduate Research Office will determine all other matters concerning the Scholarship, including advertising, application procedures and the method and time of payment.

Overview

As a result of an endowed gift from the late Lady Cuthbertson the University of Tasmania can offer named research scholarships to honour the late Sir Harold Cuthbertson and the late Lady Cuthbertson. This gift, along with a contribution from the College of Science and Engineering will provide a postgraduate scholarship in the areas of agricultural, horticultural, aquaculture or silviculture.

Value & Duration

This scholarship provides living allowance of $28,854 per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) and $10,000 per annum top-up scholarship (not indexed) for 3.5 years with no extension.

Closing Date

6 March 2023

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:

  • Area of research may be agriculture, horticulture, aquaculture or silviculture
  • Award based on academic merit as well as personal qualities and achievements that are relevant to the applicant making a significant contribution to society
  • Completed at least four years of tertiary education studies and have achieved First Class Honours or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution
  • Undertaking a full-time PhD program
  • Not have been awarded a degree at the same or higher level as the proposed candidature/scholarship
  • Available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or permanent residents of Australia

Application Process

Applicants who wish to commence a Higher Degree by Research should visit the University of Tasmania’s Apply Now website and complete an application.

All applicants that meet the eligibility criteria will automatically be considered for this scholarship.

More information

For detailed information about conditions of award please see the University;

Please Note; this Scholarship does not cover costs and fees, such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee. This is the candidate's responsibility.

Please contact GraduateResearch.Scholarships@utas.edu.au for more information.

Overview

The Banks Family have endowed this top-up scholarship in memory of Dr Maxwell R Banks AM for the benefit of students in the discipline of Geology/Earth Sciences. Dr Banks AM was a founding father of Geology at the University of Tasmania, an accomplished academic and an esteemed faculty member in the University of Tasmania Department of Geology from 1947 until 1990.

Value & Duration

This scholarship provides $7,500pa for 3.5 years with no extension.

Please note you must already be holding a Research Training Program (RTP) stipend or equivalent to abase living allowance stipend.

Closing Date

6 March 2023

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:

  • PhD candidate in the discipline of Earth Sciences, with a preference for Geology
  • PhD candidate who has been offered or awarded a base stipend at the RTP rate
  • Demonstration of academic merit

Please note this scholarship is open to both new and current applicants with a preference for commencing.

Application Process

Applicants who wish to commence a Higher Degree by Research should visit the University of Tasmania’s Apply Now website and complete an application.

All applicants that meet the eligibility criteria will automatically be considered for this scholarship.

Applicants who are already enrolled in a Higher Degree by Research at the University of Tasmania, please complete and submit the Donor-Funded Scholarship Application form for Current Candidate (Word 74KB) to GraduateResearch.Scholarships@utas.edu.au.

More information

Please contact GraduateResearch.Scholarships@utas.edu.au for more information.

  1. An amount donated by The Banks Family (the Donor) to the University of Tasmania Foundation, together with any future donations and accrued interest, (the Fund) forms the endowment of a scholarship to be called the “The Max Banks Research Scholarship in Earth Sciences” (the Scholarship).
  2. The Scholarship will be awarded as a Top-up Scholarship for eligible PhD candidates already holding or eligible for a Research Training Program (RTP) stipend or equivalent base living allowance stipend with a preference for commencing.
  3. The Scholarship may only be awarded to an eligible Higher Degree by Research student studying at the University of Tasmania in the discipline of Earth Sciences. The eligibility criteria are:
    1. For a candidate with a research project in the discipline of Earth Sciences, with a preference for Geology
    2. As this is a Top-up Scholarship, the student must already hold or be eligible for a base stipend at the RTP scholarship rate
    3. The award is allocated by demonstration of academic merit
  4. If changes occur to courses offered at the University at some time in the future, or should the criteria in practice limit the number of applicants significantly, the University Graduate Research Office may modify the criteria, in consultation with the Donors, to ensure the scholarship can be awarded.
  5. The Scholarship selection will be determined by an approved selection process overseen by the Dean of Graduate Research, with specific regard to the eligibility criteria as detailed in clause 3.
  6. The Scholarship is tenable for 3.5 years of the student’s course of study. The duration of the Scholarship will be reduced by any periods of study undertaken: (a) towards the degree prior to the commencement of the top-up; or (b) towards the degree during suspension of the top-up and is subject to the student:
    1. continuing in full-time study or in part-time study if approved by the Graduate Research Office
    2. continuing to make satisfactory academic progress in accordance with the Higher Degree by Research Candidature Management and Higher Degree by Research Reviews of Progress Policies
    3. providing a written report on their progress to the Graduate Research Office where specified in the conditions of the award
  7. One scholarship will be offered at any time, with the scholarship being open to application at any time it is not currently being held by a PhD candidate.
  8. The Advancement Office will set the annual value of the Scholarship with regard to the income from the Fund. The value will be reviewed prior to advertisement of the Scholarship.
  9. The Dean of Graduate Research and the Graduate Research Office will determine all other matters concerning the Scholarship, including advertising, application procedures and the method and time of payment.
  10. The ‘Max Banks Research Scholarship in Earth Sciences Scholarship’ may only be held at the University of Tasmania.

Upcoming donor funded scholarships

Overview

The late Dianne Eerden made a substantial gift in her Will to the University of Tasmania to be used for a scholarship or bursary for a female student in the areas of neurosurgery or neuroscience.

Type of Scholarship

Top-Up Scholarship

Next Scheduled Offer

July 2023*

*Please check back regularly as this date is subject to change

Scholarship terms

  1. An amount of $290,144 donated by the late Dianne Eerden to the University of Tasmania Foundation, together with any future donations and accrued interest, (the Fund) forms the endowment of a scholarship to be called the "Dianne Eerden Elite Research Top-up Scholarship" (the Scholarship).
  2. The Scholarship will be awarded as a Top-up Scholarship for PhD candidates already holding or eligible for a Research Training Program (RTP) stipend or equivalent base living allowance stipend.
  3. The Scholarship may only be awarded to an eligible female student studying at the University of Tasmania. The eligibility criteria are:
    1. For a female student
    2. The student must be studying either neurosurgery or neuroscience
    3. As this is a top-up scholarship, the student must already hold a base stipend at the RTP rate
  4. If changes occur to courses, or the criteria in practice limits the number of applicants significantly, the University Graduate Research Office may modify the criteria with regard to the intention of the donor to ensure the scholarship can be awarded.
  5. The Scholarship selection will be determined by an approved selection process overseen by the Dean of Graduate Research, with specific regard to the eligibility criteria as detailed in clause 3.
  6. The Scholarship is tenable for up to 3.5 years of the student’s course of study. The duration of the Scholarship will be reduced by any periods of study undertaken: (a) towards the degree prior to the commencement of the top-up; or (b) towards the degree during suspension of the top-up and is subject to the student:
    1. continuing in full-time study or in part-time study if approved by the Graduate Research Office
    2. continuing to make satisfactory academic progress in accordance with the Higher Degree by Research Candidature Management and Higher Degree by Research Reviews of Progress Policies
    3. providing a written report on their progress to the Graduate Research Office where specified in the conditions of the award
  7. One Scholarship will be offered at any time, with the Scholarship being open to application at any time it is not currently being held by a candidate.
  8. The Advancement Office will set the annual value of the Scholarship from time to time with regard to the income from the Fund.
  9. The Dean of Graduate Research will determine all other matters concerning the Scholarship, including advertising, application procedures and the method and time of payment.

Overview

Janet Cretan is a respected member of the Tasmanian community, who has a long and involved history with the University of Tasmania and the broader community. Her father, the Late Professor Keith Isles CMG was Vice-Chancellor of the University for a decade from 1957 to 1967. Being the daughter of the Vice-Chancellor, and at a challenging time for the University, meant that the University was a significant part of Janet’s life, living on the University campus in Sandy Bay.

Janet studied at the University on two occasions. In 1959 she completed a Bachelor of Economics with Honours and returned some years later to complete a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Classics in 1988.

Janet has been a significant supporter of the University for most of her life and, along with her husband Nick Cretan, has generously agreed to endow a perpetual scholarship for a PhD student researching in the fields of philosophy and sociology.

Type of Scholarship

Top-Up Scholarship

Next Scheduled Offer

February 2023*

*Please check back regularly as this date is subject to change

Scholarship terms

  1. An amount of $100,000 donated by Mrs Janet and Mr Nick Cretan to the University of Tasmania Foundation, together with a contribution of $50,000 provided by the University of Tasmania Foundation, along with any interest from time to time forms the endowment component of a scholarship to be called the "Janet Cretan Elite Research Scholarship".
  2. The Scholarship will be awarded as a Top-up Scholarship for PhD candidates eligible for a Research Training Program (RTP) stipend or equivalent base living allowance stipend.
  3. The scholarship is to be awarded to a UTAS PhD candidate in an area identified as a research strength in the disciplines of philosophy or sociology.
  4. The scholarship will be awarded following applications and with endorsement from the Dean of the Faculty of Arts (or nominee), a member of the Cretan Family (while they wish to be involved) and the Dean of Graduate Research (or nominee).
  5. The Scholarship is tenable for up to 3.5 years of the student’s course of study. The duration of the Scholarship will be reduced by any periods of study undertaken towards the degree during suspension of the top-up and is subject to the student:
    1. continuing in full-time study or in part-time study if approved by the Graduate Research Office
    2. continuing to make satisfactory academic progress in accordance with the Higher Degree by Research Candidature Management and Higher Degree by Research Reviews of Progress Policies
    3. providing a written report on their progress to the Graduate Research Office where specified in the conditions of the award
  6. One scholarship will be offered at any time, with the scholarship being open to application at any time it is not held by a PhD candidate.
  7. The Advancement Office will set the annual value of the scholarship from time to time having regard to the income from the endowment.
  8. The Dean of Graduate Research and the Graduate Research Office will determine all other matters concerning the Scholarship, including advertising, application procedures and the method and time of payment.

Overview

Dr Kate McPherson was an inspirational teacher and educator who died prematurely in 2007 from motor neurone disease. Kate’s career had taken her from her native England to many parts of the world, teaching and working in adult migrant education and English as a second language programs before her final role at the University of Tasmania lecturing in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages). She was highly regarded for her academic leadership in the area and for her compassion for her students.

Kate McPherson had expressed a desire through her estate to support the study in Australia of Fijian women graduates of the University of the South Pacific. Her hope was that such opportunity would assist them to overcome some of the limitations that poverty, political instability and gender place on educational and career opportunities for women in the region. Kate’s desire to support Fijian women in particular stemmed from her deep affection for the country and its people gained while working in the University in Suva and her wish to foster connections with Tasmania.

The trustees of her estate have established a scholarship in her name to allow students from Fiji to undertake postgraduate studies in education at the University of Tasmania.

Type of scholarship

Base Scholarship

Next scheduled Offer

TBD

Scholarship terms

  1. An amount of $228,660 donated by the trustees to the Kate McPherson Foundation to the University of Tasmania Foundation, together with a matching contribution provided by the University of Tasmania Foundation, along with additional funds donated by friends and colleagues and with any interest from time to time, forms the endowment of a scholarship to be called the "Kate McPherson Scholarship”.
  2. The scholarship is to be awarded to a female graduate of the University of the South Pacific who is a citizen of the Fiji Islands and who is eligible to enrol in a postgraduate course in the Faculty of Education at the University of Tasmania.
  3. The scholarship will be awarded by a selection committee comprising:
    1. Two trustees of the estate of the late Kate McPherson (while they wish to be involved)
    2. The Associate Dean Research of the College of Arts, Law and Education (or equivalent), or a nominee
    3. After the end of the involvement of both of the trustees, a person with an interest in Pacific affairs nominated by the Vice-Chancellor.
  4. The selection committee will set the selection criteria for the scholarship. However, in its selection it will give preference to students who in its view through their application for the scholarship have outlined a clearly articulated and realistic rationale for undertaking study in Tasmania and have a demonstrated commitment to return to the Fiji Islands on completion of the course of study.
  5. The scholarship is tenable for the normal duration of the postgraduate course selected by the student, with the approval of the selection committee, and any additional time granted by the Dean of Graduate Research if the student is undertaking a Research Higher Degree.
  6. The student must study full-time in the approved postgraduate course. Part-time study may be permitted in certain circumstances with the approval of the selection committee.
  7. The Graduate Research Office may terminate a student’s scholarship or suspend it for up to one year if it considers the student’s progress is unsatisfactory. If the award is suspended, the selection committee may re-award the scholarship to the same student for a following year if it considers that the student’s academic record the previous year justifies that action.
  8. The Graduate Research Office will determine all other matters concerning the scholarship, including advertising, application procedures and the method and time of payment of the scholarship.
  9. The Advancement Office will set the annual value of the scholarship from time to time having regard to the income from the endowment.
  10. After a reasonable period of operation of the scholarship, the trustees may approach the University to review its operation and extend the scholarship to other academic disciplines consistent with Kate McPherson’s wishes.

Overview

The late Merle White Weaver, a graduate of the University of Tasmania, gifted a portion of her estate to establish a scholarship to encourage women graduates in the South-East Asian and Pacific area to pursue postgraduate study and research.

The funds are managed by TPT Wealth.

Type of Scholarship

Base Scholarship

Next Scheduled Offer

May 2023*

*Please check back regularly as this date is subject to change

Scholarship Conditions

Overview

A generous donation from the disbanded Victoria League for Commonwealth Friendship Hobart branch will support a post graduate position in the areas of dementia, heart complaints or cancer. The funds are managed by TPT Wealth.

Type of Scholarship

Base Stipend

Next Scheduled Offer

July 2024*

*Please check back regularly as this date is subject to change

Overview

The late Catherine Guy made a significant gift from her estate, in memory of the late Desmond Stuart Guy, to the University of Tasmania to provide scholarships for engineering students. This gift, along with a contribution from the College of Science and Engineering will provide a postgraduate scholarship for an engineering student.

Type of Scholarship

Base Stipend  and Top-Up

Next Scheduled Offer

January 2025*

*Please check back regularly as this date is subject to change

Scholarship Conditions

Victoria League 2020 Conditions of Award (PDF 244.1 KB)

Scholarship Terms

  1. A donation from the late Desmond and Catherine Guy to the University of Tasmania Foundation, together with co-funding from the School of Engineering and ICT, any future donations and accrued interest (the Fund) forms the endowment of a scholarship to be called ‘The Bill Guy Scholarship’ (the Scholarship).
  2. The Scholarship will be offered on completion.
  3. The Scholarship may only be awarded to an eligible postgraduate student studying at the University of Tasmania in the Faculty of Engineering.
  4. If changes occur to courses, or the criteria in practice limits the number of applicants significantly, the University Graduate Research Office may modify the criteria with regard to the intention of the donors to ensure the Scholarship can be awarded.
  5. The Scholarship selection will be determined by an approved selection process overseen by the Dean of Graduate Research.
  6. The Scholarship is tenable for up to 3.5 years, with no extension, of the student’s course of study. The duration of the Scholarship will be reduced by any periods of study undertaken:
    1. Towards the degree prior to the commencement of the Graduate Research Scholarship; or
    2. Towards the degree during suspension of the Graduate Research Scholarship and is subject to the student;
      1. Continuing in full-time study or in part-time study if approved by the Graduate Research Office.
      2. Continuing to make satisfactory academic progress in accordance with the Higher Degree by Research Candidature Policy.
      3. Providing a written report on their progress to the Graduate Research Office where specified in the conditions of the award.
  7. One scholarship will be offered at any time, with the scholarship being open to application at any time it is not currently being held by a PhD candidate.
  8. The Advancement Office will set the annual value of the Scholarship from time to time in consultation with the Dean of Graduate Research, with regard to income from the fund.
  9. The Dean of Graduate Research will determine all other matters concerning the Scholarship, including advertising, application procedures and the method and time of payment to scholarship recipients.

Key dates

If you are applying for a project with an available scholarship, please check the closing and outcome dates for each round and ensure you have submitted your completed application on time. Please allow enough time to contact the proposed supervisor and collect all relevant documentation prior to submitting.

Applications close at 11.59pm AEST.

Scholarship rounds 2022

College Who can apply? Application closing date Outcomes Provided
Rounds for 2022
ALL Colleges International & Domestic applicants starting in 202218th July 202223rd September 2022
ALL Colleges International & Domestic applicants starting in 202310th October 202212th December 2022

Applications received after the closing date of a round will ONLY be considered (at the next available round) if a suitable applicant is not found by the round outcome date.

Please note some projects with a guaranteed scholarship may have a different closing date to those listed above.
Please check each project advertisement carefully.

Fees

Domestic candidates

Domestic candidates do not pay fees for a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) at the University of Tasmania (UTAS). The Australian Government currently provides funding to all Australian universities to cover the cost of research degree places through the Research Training Program.

Domestic candidates undertaking Graduate Certificate in Research (X5A) or Graduate Diploma of Marine and Antarctic Science (S6O) must complete an eCAF form via eStudent (eCAF Information). This is for Government reporting purposes, there are no tuition fees or a HECS-HELP debt incurred by the candidate for X5A or S6O.

Other applicable fees, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF) will be the responsibility of the candidate.

International candidates

International candidates pay a flat annual fee, please see the tuition fee rates (per annum) for 2022 (PDF 152.3 KB).

The Department of Home Affairs requires evidence that applicants for a student visa have sufficient funds to complete their studies.

You need to consider the following expenses:

  • HDR tuition fees
  • Visa and medical (pre-departure) fees
  • General living expenses
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
  • Return airfares

Please also review Department of Home Affairs Student Visa Living Costs and evidence of funds.

International candidates may request the University of Tasmania provide a quote for Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) as part of the application process. The standard costs for the different levels of cover are:

Course type Single cover Couples/Single Parent cover Family cover
PhD course AUD $3,733 AUD $14,068 AUD $22,186
Masters by Research AUD $2,007 AUD $7,211 AUD $11,310

Find out more about about Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

Research costs

The School/Institute you enrol through at the University of Tasmania is responsible for meeting all 'direct research costs' that are necessary to undertake your HDR project. This includes:

  • Access to resources or facilities at the University of Tasmania or other organisations in Australia or overseas
  • Travel to complete fieldwork, collect data, or to visit libraries or other repositories
  • Training in techniques

External Candidates: As per the HDR Admissions and Enrolment Policy, your College acknowledged that by supporting external candidates, all additional costs related to external candidature can be met by the Candidate, the research project or the academic unit of enrolment.

Funding may be available for supplementary research that is not essential to your project, but will enhance your research experience at the University of Tasmania.

Student Services and Amenities Fee

All candidates must pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), which we use to improve student services. This cost is included in international tuition fees, however domestic candidates are charged separately.

How to apply

Applicants should complete an application in conjunction with their supervisory team. Please indicate on the application if you wish to be considered for a scholarship.

Future candidates should review the scholarship information above and then visit our Apply Now page for further instructions. Applications for scholarships will be reviewed and ranked on a competitive basis.