Yarramundi Master of Research Scholarship

About the project

Western Sydney University has announced a scholarship program to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who wish to undertake a Master of Research (MRes)(opens in a new window) at Western Sydney University.

The scholarship is available to new Master of Research applicants who identify as being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. Applicants from any School, Institute or discipline area are eligible to apply.

Applicants must provide a statement that explains how their research will be of benefit to Indigenous Australian society.

To discuss your project or for information on how to prepare a statement that explains how your research will benefit Indigenous society, please contact:

Vanessa Smyth
Research Scholarships Development Officer
E: v.smyth@westernsydney.edu.au
Ph: (02) 4736 0966

What does the scholarship provide?

Stage 1, Session 1 (Coursework)
Value: $8,000
Eligibility: The successful candidate must complete all units and achieve an average grade of 65+ overall in Session 1 units.

Stage 1, Session 2 (Coursework)
Value: $8,000
Eligibility: The successful candidate must complete all units and achieve an average grade of 70+ overall in Session 2 units.

Stage 2 (Research)
Value: $32,000
Eligibility: The successful candidate must achieve an overall grade of 75+ in Stage 1 (calculated based on 70 out of a potential 80 credit points).

Stage 2 tuition fees will be supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset.

Eligibility criteria

We welcome applicants from a range of academic discipline backgrounds, who can demonstrate how their research will benefit Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander society in Australia.

The successful applicant should:

  • identify as being an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person (being an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational qualification as authorised under Section 14 (D) of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act, 1977 NSW.
  • hold qualifications and experience equal to one of the following (i) an Australian Bachelor degree, or (ii) a coursework Masters.
  • have achieved an admission average mark equal to or above a minimum of 65 in their most recent degree.
  • be available to undertake full-time study.

You can calculate your admission average mark (AAM) by adding all your marks awarded for completed units in your degree, and then dividing the total by the number of units studied in the degree.

If your most recent qualification is more than five years old, demonstrated professional experience in a related discipline will be considered at the discretion of the Dean, Graduate Studies.

How to apply

1. Contact Vanessa Smyth (Research Scholarships Development Officer) to discuss your eligibility, the project requirements and your intention to apply: v.smyth@westernsydney.edu.au

2. Prepare your application documents including:

  • Yarramundi Scholarship Application Form (PDF, 85.83 KB)(opens in a new window)
  • Certified copies of your transcript and testamur for all previous academic qualifications.
  • Certified copy of your Passport or Birth Certificate.
  • Certified copy of your document that confirms your Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander identity.
  • Statement that explains how your research will benefit Indigenous Australian society (one to two paragraphs).
    • Applicants should demonstrate that their proposed research will provide some benefit to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander society in Australia. This may be achieved through sharing information in particular ways with community members, mentoring, empowerment or other similar activities. We are looking for you to make a strong statement about the benefit that your research will bring to Indigenous people.
  • Research proposal.(opens in a new window)
  • Copy of your CV with contact information for two referees.

3. Ensure all documentation is certified according to Western Sydney University requirements.(opens in a new window)

4. All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted directly to the Graduate Research School as follows:

  • Use the email subject line: Application_Yarramundi_Scholarship
  • Submit to v.smyth@westernsydney.edu.au
  • All attached documents must be submitted as PDF.
  • In the body of your email, include your full name, your student ID (if you are a current or previous Western Sydney University student) and the full title of the scholarship.

Incomplete applications or applications that do not conform to the above requirements will not be considered.

Please contact Vanessa Smyth (Research Scholarships Development Officer) via email at v.smyth@westernsydney.edu.au for more information.

Applications

Applications open 5 October 2020

Applications close 27 November 2020

*Applications close at 11.59pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).

Scholarship reference code: Yarramundi