University of Adelaide Special Circumstances Scholarship

Applications open
1 September 2019
Applications close
31 October 2019
Payment per year
$28,092 (2020 rate)
3 years
Postgraduate Research
Australian Citizens
Australian Permanent Residents
New Zealand Citizens
Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holders
Type of Scholarship
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
Financial Need
Students with Disabilities
Available In
All Faculties
Available To

The University of Adelaide Special Circumstances Scholarships are provided to support full time PhD or Masters students who are commencing research in any field.

The University currently offers two Special Circumstances Scholarships equivalent to Research Training Program Scholarships that are available to students who do not meet the normal scholarship criteria and whose prior academic performance may have been seriously disadvantaged as a result of exceptional circumstances such as a disability, sickness or heavy care duties. Applications from Indigenous Australians are encouraged.

These scholarships provide a living allowance equivalent to an Research Training Program Scholarship, a Research Training Scheme place and allowances such as relocation, thesis and sick/maternity leave.


Applicants must be Australian Citizens or permanent residents of Australia who are acceptable as candidates for a PhD or Masters by Research degree at the University of Adelaide.

A minimum of a Second Class Honours degree or equivalent is required.

Scholarships are offered on the basis of academic merit and Faculties may also consider area of research when selecting recipients.

Stipend:  The scholarship will be for 3 years and has a stipend of $28,092 (indexed annually) per annum. It is likely to be tax exempt, subject to Taxation Office approval. Details of any terms and/or benefits can be found in the Conditions of Award.

Discussion with a potential supervisor is also recommended prior to application for a University of Adelaide Special Circumstances Scholarship.

Enquiries:  Contact the Adelaide Graduate Centre Tel (08) 8313 3044 or email

Applying: The awards are allocated as part of the Mid-Year Round (subject to funding) and Major Round of scholarship applications. When open, applications must be submitted using the Online Application Form.

See the Applications Round page for Mid Year and Major Round application dates.