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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply for a project scholarship?
You must follow the specific instructions provided in the project scholarship advertisement.
Do I need to apply for admission to a research degree?
Yes, scholarship applicants must apply for admission to a research degree. You must follow the specific instructions on the how to apply page.(opens in a new window)
You must also apply for the scholarship following the specific instructions provided in the project scholarship advertisement.(opens in a new window)
If you are currently enrolled in a research degree at Western Sydney University and are applying for a project scholarship only, you do not need to apply for admission.
How do I certify my supporting documents?
A certified document is a copy of an original that has been cited by a qualified person and confirmed as correct and legitimate.
For more information, visit the certifying documents page.(opens in a new window)
How are project scholarships ranked and awarded?
Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis by a selection panel.
The criteria for the allocation of scholarships is based on merit and may include academic performance, qualifications, academic awards, journal publications, conference presentations, creative works, published works and professional research experience.
When assessing applicants, the selection panel may take into consideration other relevant experience.
You are required to provide clear references and supporting documentation for all publications and experience as part of your application.
The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Graduate Studies) has final delegation over the approval to award a project scholarship.
Can I apply to study part-time and receive a project scholarship?
You may apply to study part-time with a project scholarship if you are prevented from studying full-time due to illness, disability, or carer responsibilities for dependents.
To apply for a part-time project scholarship, you must include a statement outlining your eligibility and include appropriate supporting documentation (e.g. medical certificates).
Part-time scholarships are not exempt from Australian Government income tax.
What is the duration of a project scholarship?
Doctoral scholarships are awarded for a tenure of up to three (3) years.
Masters by Research scholarships are awarded for a tenure of up to two (2) years.
The duration of a scholarship may be reduced by any previous study undertaken towards the degree at any institution.
What is the stipend rate for a project scholarship?
Stipend rates vary depending on the specific project scholarship. You should refer to the specific project scholarship advertisement for more information about the stipend rate.
Stipends are paid in fortnightly instalments. Full-time scholarships are exempt from Australian Government income tax.
What are the tuition fees if I am awarded a project scholarship?
Domestic candidates who are awarded a project scholarship are supported by the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset.(opens in a new window).
International candidates who are awarded a project scholarship may be eligible for a tuition fee waiver. You should refer to the specific project scholarship advertisement for more information about any tuition fees that may be applied to a project scholarship.
Can I work while on a project scholarship?
Yes, but you are restricted in the amount of paid work you can undertake while receiving the scholarship. You may work up to a maximum of ten (10) hours per week during regular business hours (9.00am - 5.00pm weekdays).
You may not receive a similar salary or scholarship to undertake your specific research project.
Do international applicants require Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)?
Yes, if your application is successful, you will be required to hold an Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) insurance policy. It is a student visa condition that all international students maintain OSHC throughout the duration of their stay in Australia.
OSHC insurance provides cover for the cost of some medical and hospital care which you may need while in Australia. OSHC insurance may also cover the cost of prescription drugs and emergency ambulance transport.
(student plus spouse)
(student, spouse and children)
(minimum 57 months policy)
|Master of Philosophy|
(minimum 33 months policy)
The full OSHC insurance policy must be in place before you commence your studies at Western Sydney University. You cannot purchase an annual policy.
Some scholarships include funding for either the full or partial cost of the OSHC insurance policy. You should refer to the specific project scholarship advertisement for more information about what is covered by the scholarship.
If the project scholarship does not provide funding to cover the full cost of the OSHC insurance policy, you will be required to pay the outstanding balance before commencing your studies.
For more information, visit the Overseas Student Health Cover page.(opens in a new page)
When will I receive an outcome for my application?
It will take up to twelve (12) weeks to receive an outcome for your application. You will be notified about the outcome of your application via email.
When will my project scholarship commence?
If your application is successful, you will be able to negotiate your commencement date with your Principal Supervisor, subject to the terms and conditions of your scholarship.
Who can I talk to for further information and advice?
For more information about project scholarships, please contact:
Phone: +61 2 4736 0966