How to Apply for Curtin Strategic International Research Scholarships in Australia, 2017

How to Apply for Curtin Strategic International Research Scholarships in Australia, 2017

2017 IPRS/ 2017 CSIRS

Status: Open
Applications open: 02/06/2016
Applications close: 31/08/2016

About this scholarship

Description/Applicant information

The International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) scheme was established to maintain and develop international research linkages and specifically aims to:

  • attract top quality international postgraduate students to areas of research strength in the Australian higher education sector; and
  • support Australia’s research effort.

In addition to IPRS, Curtin has a number of Strategic International Research Scholarships (CSIRS) available for new future students planning to commence in 2017.

Student type
  • Current Students
  • Future Students
  • Humanities
  • Curtin Business School
  • Health Sciences
  • Centre for Aboriginal Studies
  • Science & Engineering
Course type
  • Postgraduate Research

Non-gender specific

  • International students
Scholarship base
  • Merit Based

The International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) provides:

  • course tuition fee for two years for a Masters by Research and three years for a Doctoral degree; and
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the recipient and their dependants for the duration of the award.

In addition, all successful applicants will receive an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) valued at $26,288.00 (2016 value) for living allowance. This tax-free stipend is indexed annually.

Curtin Strategic International Research Scholarship (CSIRS) provides:

  • course tuition fee for three years for a Doctoral degree; and
  • basic single overseas health cover (OSHC) for the recipient; and
  • a stipend equivalent to that of the APA valued at $26,288.00 (2016 value) per annum tax free for the duration of your study.
Eligible courses

IPRS: Candidates from any field of endeavour are welcome to apply. 

Strategic Research Areas for CSIRS (Applicants must be new future students intending to commence in Research Term 1, 2017 and their research proposals must aligned with one of the areas listed below):

Curtin Business School (CBS)

Energy Economics: This builds on a growing platform of research which straddles both Economics and Finance as well as CGSB (and thus DMEE).  It also ties in with the interests in oil and gas, renewal energy.  The range of issues facing this arena ranging from world market analysis, security of supply and climate change.

Sustainable tourism is the multi-disciplinary study of how tourism can be developed and managed in a sensitive way which minimises the negative impacts on the environment and host communities. Tourism development in Australia and throughout the Asia-Pacific region relies on natural and cultural resources as the primary tourism attractions. The challenge is to develop policies and practices which enable profitable but not exploitative development and management of these resources.

Foreign Direct Investment and Multinational Enterprises:This area of research focuses on the theoretical and practical insights of various aspects of foreign direct investment (FDI) and multinational enterprises (MNEs) into and from emerging Asian countries, and the impact of FDI and MNEs on host-country firms, society, and environment.

Luxury Branding: This growing area is supported through CBS cluster and sees important strengths in international capacity particularly in Asia where there are existing excellent relationships with industry and academia.


Faculty of Health Sciences

Biosciences & Metabolic Health

Neurosciences & Behaviour

Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences

Biosciences & Metabolic Health


Faculty of Humanities

Sustainable Human Environments: Building (including BIM); Urban and Regional Planning; and Sustainable Development

Knowledge Innovation and Creative Economy: Media and Cultural Studies; Education (esp. Educational Technologies);


Faculty of Science and Engineering

Geosciences: Fundamental and applied planetary science; global systems, resources and environmental change;

Chemical & Environmental Sciences: Application of analytical, spectroscopic and computational methods in materials, water and medicinal chemistry research; Fundamental and applied research relating to environmental biology, agriculture and marine science.

Physics and Astronomy: Research focusing on astrophysics, theoretical physics, material and environmental physics;

Mechanical  & Chemical Engineering: Fundamental and applied research relating to energy, natural resource processing, sustainable engineering, fluid mechanics & thermal processes.

Eligibility criteria

IPRS – available for Current (student who enrolled between 1 Sep 2015 – 31 May 2016 only) and Future Students:

  • Your must be an international student (excluding New Zealand);
  • You must be studying for your first PhD;
  • Scholarships will be awarded on academic merit and research capacity to suitably qualified overseas graduates eligible to commence a higher degree by research in 2017;
  • Applicants must have gained admission already or have lodged an admission application for Research Term 1, 2017;
  • Applicants must meet admission English language requirement for the chosen course of study by 5 Sep 2016;
  • Applicants whose English are conceded by the enrolling areas will meet admission but not scholarships requirement;
  • Not have held an AusAID scholarship within two years prior to commencing the IPRS;

Current students who meet the following guidelines:

  1. Commenced your higher degree by research program in the previous year (after 31 August) but, due to the timing of your application and subsequent enrolment you were unable to apply for and IPRS in that year; or
  2. Commenced your higher degree by research program but withdrew from that program within six months of commencement;

CSIRS – For Future Students only

  • You must be an international student (excluding New Zealand);
  • Scholarships are merit base, your research must align with at least one of the Strategic research areas and you must be commencing a higher degree by research in 2017 for the first time;
  • You must be studying  for your first PhD;
  • Applicants must meet English language requirements for the chosen course of study by 5 Sep 2016;



How to apply

Application process

Please use application form attached if:

  • you are currently enrol at Curtin and fit into the guidelines under ‘Eligibility criteria’;
  • you already have an offer of admission at Curtin for Research Term 1, 2017 and have not yet commenced.
  • you already have an offer of admission but it is not for Research Term 1, 2017.  As long as you have contacted Curtin International Office to defer to Research Term 1, 2017 and been advised that you can do so, you can use this form. If not, you will have to re-apply for admission and scholarship via the link below.

** Interested applicants but have not yet applied for admission can submit an online e-application for admission and scholarship via:

email your completed application with supporting document   Please write in subject line: 2017 IPRS/CSIRS application, Student ID number and full name.

Please encourage your referees to send referee reports to us by email: Please write in subject line: Students full name – referee report.

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