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Flinders University: Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP) Scholarship (Internatio

Opening Date: 16-03-2020   Closing Date: 07-08-2020


The Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships (AGRTPS) (International) are specifically intended to support international students to undertake a Higher Degree by research at Flinders University. The AGRTPS includes an international tuition fee offset, a living stipend and Overseas Health Care cover.



Please note: For visa purposes, the AGRTPS IS a Commonwealth Sponsored Scholarship.


A limited number (up to 10) of AGRTPS are available each year and the scholarship round is highly competitive. The AGRTPS is awarded to candidates who demonstrate an outstanding aptitude for independent research. AGRTPS are considered on the basis of academic merit, academic research training and research indicators and performance.


The scholarship is tenable for up to three years for a Research Doctorate degree and up to two years for a Research Masters degree. Successful applicants are required to undertake full-time study and must be commencing a higher degree by research in Australia for the first time.


BENEFITS


  • The scholarships enable suitably qualified applicants to commence a full-time Higher Degree by research.


  • The AGRTPS pays the international student tuition fees charged by Flinders University for a Higher Degree by research.


  • The AGRTPS includes an international tuition fee offset, a living stipend paid at the rate of $28,092 (2020 rate), which is tax-exempt and indexed annually, and Overseas Health Care cover.



An AGRTPS student who moves to Adelaide from overseas is eligible for an establishment allowance (after arrival at Flinders) of up to $1,485 to assist with relocation costs and airfares, provided receipts can be produced by the student.


ELIGIBILITY


  • Applicants must satisfy the University's academic entry requirements for a Masters degree by research or Doctorate by research.

  • Applicants are required to have successfully completed a degree at least the equivalent/comparable to an Australian First Class Hons degree(this is a four-year degree with a major research project in the final year)

  • Applicants must have met the English proficiency levels set by Flinders University for international students at the time of application. Students for whom English is a foreign language will need to provide evidence of their English language competence.

  • Applicants must not hold an equivalent Higher Degree by research qualification. Applications are only open to students commencing a Higher Degree by research in Australia for the first time.

  • Applicants must not hold Australian citizenship, Australian permanent resident status or New Zealand citizenship. Please see the attached conditions of award for full eligibility criteria.



IMPORTANT APPLICATION INFORMATION


All applicants are required to read the application guidelines provided below before submitting an application.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.


To ensure your application is complete and competitive, please read and attend to the following:


Research Supervisor

You must make contact with an academic staff member and have an informal agreement from that person to supervise you if successful. Email evidence of the supervisor’s agreement should be included with your application. Applicants who do not have a supervisor at the time of application will not be considered for an AGRTPS/FIPRS.


Publications

  • You must include evidence that you have published; you may include up to five of your publications with your application.

  • Each publication must be accompanied with a completed coversheet; publications without coversheets will not be considered. Publications will be used to judge the quality of previous research in the area that you intend to study at Flinders University. Applicants with more than five publications should consult with their Flinders University supervisor and select the top five. Explain briefly why these five were chosen. Do not provide more than five publications. Additional publications may be noted on your CV or in a separate list. Coversheets are not required for publications listed on the CV but not included among the top five.


Typically, only publications in English should be included among the top five. Publications in other languages will be accepted only if the nature of the publication (for example, a report to a government agency) dictates that another language is most appropriate.


Publications must not be more than 5 years old


Please note, due to the highly competitive nature of the AGRTPS, applicants who have not published are unlikely to be competitive.


Academic Transcripts

You must provide certified copies of all university-level academic transcripts, translated into English, please do not provide secondary school certificates or non-educational certificates or awards.


Research Proposal

You must include a research proposal of approximately 500 words in length, outlining the problem, hypothesis or question and the methodology or approach.


Academic Referees

Complete Section A of two copies of the Academic Referee’s Confidential Report forms and forward them to two appropriate referees of your choice. If possible the referees should have an informed, personal and professional knowledge of your academic ability and be able to exercise judgment of your research potential. Indicate on your application form who the Referee Report forms have been sent to. Academic Referee reports must be returned to rhdscholarships@flinders.edu.au by 7 August 2020.


Curriculum Vitae

An updated CV outlining your work experience, all research experience, and a full list of cited publications should be included with your application.


APPLICATION


To apply for an AGRTPS and FIPRS, you will need to first submit an application for admission to a higher degree by research (PhD or Master of Arts by research) followed by an application for the International RHD Scholarship group, which will produce an application for both the AGRTPS and FIPRS via the Student info system. You can apply for admission at any time but before the closing date.


If you already have a current offer for admission to a Higher Degree by Research, you do not need to apply for admission again.


You will need to have an active Flinders Authentication Name (FAN) to complete this process.


If you have never studied at or made an application to Flinders University, you can register and submit your application for admission to a higher degree by research using the application portal.


After completing your registration you will receive a confirmation email, this will arrive within 1 hour to your nominated email address and will contain your login details and instructions on how to activate your FAN.


If you have studied at Flinders University within the last 12 months you can submit your application for admission to research higher degree and for a scholarship via the Student Information System.


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