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Adelaide Graduate Research Scholarships

The University of Adelaide offers a number of Adelaide Graduate Research Scholarships exclusively to its recent international graduates to continue their education via a Masters or Doctorate degree by research.

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Applications open
16 May 2019
Applications close
31 October 2019
Payment per year
$27,596 (2019 rate)
up to 3 years
Postgraduate Research (Masters/PhD)
International Students
Type of Scholarship
Financial Need
Students with Disabilities
Available In
All Faculties
Available To

This cohort of scholarships were created specifically for outstanding recent international graduates whose recent graduate status means they are not competitive for scholarships in the general international higher degree by research scholarship rounds (RTP, ASI). In such scholarship rounds they would compete against the best scholarship applicants worldwide who have generally had many more years to gain valuable research experience and demonstrate academic excellence. For this reason recent eligible University of Adelaide graduates are only ranked in this (AGRS) scholarship cohort where they have a significantly higher chance of winning a scholarship to further their studies.



In order to be eligible for consideration an applicant must:

  • be completing / have completed their qualifying program of study (see below) at The University of Adelaide within the previous 4 semesters prior to the intake applied for (to ensure uninterrupted study applicants are encouraged to apply whilst completing the final semester of their current studies);
  • be an international student at the time of application and enrolment;
  • enrol as a commencing student in a full-time postgraduate research program at the University of Adelaide in the approved semester; and
  • not be currently enrolled in the Higher Degree by Research program at the University of Adelaide for which the student is applying for the scholarship.


In addition applicants must fulfil one of the following academic criteria:

  1. be completing their four year undergraduate degree including first class honours in a research based honours program at The University of Adelaide*; OR

*This will be deemed to cover students who have completed all of their education at Adelaide and where the committee considers it appropriate students who have completed a lesser period of time but including the honours year.

  1. be completing their masters degree by coursework at The University of Adelaide with a sufficient research component to be approved by the Research Education Development Committee as a degree acceptable for entry to the PhD (refer to the Academic Program Rules).  Note: Students undertaking a coursework masters degree will be required to obtain an overall grade of Distinction with not less than a High Distinction in their research component(s) to be eligible for scholarships; OR
  2. have submitted their University of Adelaide masters degree by research thesis for examination by the scholarship application deadline.


  • Currently enrolled PhD students are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants who were unsuccessful in a previous round are not eligible for reconsideration.
  • The offer of a scholarship is contingent upon a student not being offered another award by the Commonwealth of Australia, The University of Adelaide, or an overseas sponsor. The University reserves the right to withdraw an offer of a scholarship at any time prior to enrolment if it is advised that an awardee has been offered a scholarship equal to or in excess of the financial value of the award offered by the University.



The scholarship duration will be for up to two years for a Masters degree by Research and three years for a Doctoral research degree.  An extension is possible for doctoral programs only.

For the duration of the scholarship the recipient will receive a 100% Tuition Fee Waiver and a stipend of AUD27,596 (2019 rate, indexed annually) per annum.  It is likely to be tax exempt, subject to Taxation Office approval.

Details of terms and/or benefits can be found in the Conditions of Award (pdf file).



Adelaide Graduate Centre Tel (08) 8313 5882 or email



Application for ‘Admission and a Scholarship’ must be submitted using the Online Application Form.


Closing dates:

Major AGRS Round (semester 1 intake): 31 October of the year prior.

  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their scholarship application by mid-December.
  • Recipients must commence their research program in semester 1, 2020 (between 1 January and 30 June).
  • Applicants are expected to commence studies as soon as possible in the approved semester.
  • It is not possible to defer the award.

Mid-Year AGRS Round (semester 2 intake): 15 May of that year.

  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their scholarship application by the end of July.
  • Recipients must commence their research program in semester 2, 2020 (between 1 July and 30 November).
  • Applicants are expected to commence studies as soon as possible in the approved semester.
  • It is not possible to defer the award.

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