Adelaide Graduate Research Scholarships

Applications open
1 July 2020
Applications close
31 October 2020
Payment per year
$28,092 (2020 rate)
up to 3 years
Postgraduate Research
International Students
Type of Scholarship
Financial Need
Students with Disabilities
Available In
All Faculties
Available To

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.

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 (applicants who have been granted one of the refugee and humanitarian visa sub-classes should contact the Adelaide Graduate Centre for advice on whether the visa sub-class meets the eligibility requirements for this scholarship);

  • 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 Research degree by research thesis for examination by the scholarship application deadline.


  • Applicants who were unsuccessful in a previous round are not eligible for reconsideration, unless they have subsequently completed a higher qualification at the University of Adelaide.
  • 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.
  • Applicants who have previously held a scholarship to undertake a Research Masters or PhD at the University of Adelaide, and failed to complete their academic program, are ineligible to apply.



The scholarship duration will be for up to two years for a Masters degree by Research and three years for a PhD.  

For the duration of the scholarship the recipient will receive a 100% Tuition Fee Waiver and a stipend of AUD$28,092 (2020 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.



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, 2021 (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): 31 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, 2021 (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.