University of Newcastle Commonwealth Government Scholarships 2017/2018 for Masters & PhD – Australia

Application Deadline: 15 September 2016 (round 2) 31st January 2017 (round 1 2017)

Offered annually? Yes

Brief description: The University of Newcastle Australia is offering university and commonwealth government scholarships for Research Masters & PhD degree for international students

Eligible Field of Study: courses offered at the university

About Scholarship: Full-time research students are eligible to apply for University and Commonwealth Government scholarships, which are awarded during one main round offer. They provide a living allowance so you can commit to full-time study. Historically over 90% of international students hold a scholarship from UON or a sponsor.

Scholarship Offered Since: Not specified

Scholarship Type: Research Masters and PhD Scholarship

Selection Criteria: Scholarships are granted on the basis of academic merit, which includes your undergraduate grade point average and extra research attainments.


Eligibility criteria is set by the Commonwealth Government and candidates must:

have a current offer of admission into a research higher degree.
have completed at least four years of undergraduate study and have attained Honours Class 1 or equivalent and a high grade point average (GPA)
be no more than two full-time equivalent years into their PhD (or one year for Masters) at the end of the year.

Successful international scholarship candidates usually also have:

satisfied the English proficiency requirement (IELTS of at least 6.5)
A master degree with strong research component
International peer reviewed research publication or research experience

Scholarship conditions:

Be enrolled full-time (part-time enrolment may be approved in exceptional circumstances. Part-time scholarships are taxable)
be enrolled on-campus (off-campus enrolment may be approved in exceptional circumstances)
scholars may only work a maximum of 8 hours per week (between Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)
Scholarship offers must be taken-up in the year of the offer and cannot be deferred to the following year. A leave of absence may be taken after 1 year full-time enrolment.

Number of Scholarships: Several

Value of Scholarship: A scholarship funded by the University of Newcastle or the Commonwealth Government provides:

An annual living allowance $26, 288 per annum (2016 rate – indexed annually)

The scholarship may also include:

a relocation allowance (up to $2,020)
a thesis allowance (up to $500)
a full tuition fee scholarship (international students)
overseas student health cover (OSHC) (international students)

Duration of Scholarship: PhD scholarships are for three years and Masters scholarships are for two years, less any tenure already completed towards a research degree.

Eligible Countries: International students

To be taken at (country): The University of Newcastle, Australia

How to Apply:

Currently enrolled candidates can apply for a scholarship by contacting researchscholarships[@]
New applicants can apply for a scholarship at the same time as applying for admission.

Visit scholarship webpage for details;

Your application for admission must include:

Copies of all academic transcripts
A research proposal
Evidence of extra academic attainments e.g. publications
If required, certified evidence of meeting the English proficiency requirement

What happens once you submit your application?

Applications are assessed and ranked according to merit
Attendance at an interview is not normally required

Scholarship outcomes are known from mid December each year

Sponsors: The University of Newcastle and Commonwealth Government

Important Notes: ensure you attach the following documents to support your scholarship application:

Copies of research publications, exhibitions or conference papers
Curriculum Vitae
Details of previous research experience e.g. research work experience / study
Any additional documents that may add to your scholarship application e.g. evidence of the award of a University Medal.

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