SCHOLARSHIPS OFFICE: iATHENA

ADVICE FOR APPLICANTS FOR RESEARCH TRAINING PROGRAM (RTP) SCHOLARSHIPS, UNIVERSITY POSTGRADUATE AWARDS (UPAs) AND OTHER UWA POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ROUND 1 2018

This application round is for International and Domestic applicants for commencement in the first half of 2018

There is a single online application process via the iAthena Scholarship Application system to apply for scholarships and Higher Degree by Research enrolment for 2018. 

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 Please complete the online iAthena application form to apply for both scholarships and enrolment in Masters by Research and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. You do NOT need to also complete a separate enrolment application form unless you are applying for enrolment in a combined Coursework Masters/PhD course, Professional Doctorate, or Masters by Thesis and Coursework.

Successful scholarship applicants intending to enrol in a Master by Research or PhD will receive an offer for scholarships and candidature. You do not need to apply separately for candidature.

 

Applicants intending to undertake specialist degrees of Master by Research in fields such as Creative Writing, Engineering/Science, Fine Arts, Medical and Dental Sciences, Music, etc. are required to consult the relevant Head of School or Graduate Research Coordinator to ascertain additional requirements for entry.  This may involve certified folios, audition tapes, interview, etc. 

 

Applicants for scholarship support for combined degrees such as MPsych/PhD, MClinAudiol/PhD, MForSc/PhD must be accepted for candidature in the coursework component by the relevant School.  Applicants for Masters by Thesis and Coursework must apply for enrolment through the relevant Faculty, as well as applying online for scholarships.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA  


To be eligible to apply for postgraduate research scholarships applicants must:

  • meet the requirements for entry to the nominated Higher Degree by Research course including satisfying the requirements of the University Policy on Adequate Research Preparation (governance.uwa.edu.au/policy/UP11/25)

  • be undertaking or intend to enrol in a Masters by Research or Doctoral degree with at least 66% research component in 2018;

  • not expect to receive another equivalent award or scholarship to undertake the proposed study which is greater than 75% of the stipend rate; and

  • be free to take up a postgraduate scholarship if offered, by 31 March 2018.  Special approval may be granted on written application for a later commencement date for candidates with unavoidable commitments but any awards offered will lapse if not taken up before 30 June 2018.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships, University Postgraduate Awards (UPAs) and other UWA postgraduate research scholarships are awarded by the Higher Degree by Research Scholarships Committee to eligible applicants after a competitive selection process on the basis of –

(a) academic achievement as evidenced by their academic record; and

(b) research potential based on academic referee reports, relevant research experience and publications, if applicable.

In the competitive selection process, priority may be given to students who are enrolling as internal students in an HDR for the first time, and students who have not:

(a) already completed a Research Doctorate or equivalent;

(b) already completed a Research Masters degree or equivalent, unless intending to undertake a Research Doctorate;

(c) previously held an Australian Postgraduate Award, Australian Postgraduate Award (Industry) or an Australian Government-funded Postgraduate Research Award (excluding an IPRS) previously unless it was terminated within six months of the commencement of benefits.

(d) previously been awarded, or currently be in receipt of, a current scholarship stipend.

Scholarships are usually awarded to applicants who intend to enrol as full-time internal students based on a campus of the University for most or all of their candidature and scholarship tenure. Approval may be given for a part-time award (for domestic students only) where an applicant is able to demonstrate compelling social reasons such as a medical condition or primary care commitments which would prevent full-time study.

ORGANISING A SUPERVISOR

The first step in the application process is to identify a prospective supervisor who has expertise in your field of research and who is willing to supervise your research project. Your application will be disadvantaged if you have not nominated a supervisor, or the school has no prior knowledge of your proposed research project. Please contact one of the HDR Support staff if you need assistance in finding a supervisor:

 

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education: Email: hdr-fable@uwa.edu.au

Faculty of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences: Email: hdr-ems@uwa.edu.au

Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences: Email: hdrenquiries-fhms@uwa.edu.au

Faculty of Science: Email: hdr-enquiry-science@uwa.edu.au

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR AWARD FOR 2018 

Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships; University Postgraduate Awards (UPA); UWA Safety-Net Top-Up Scholarships and a number of other full and top-up scholarships are available in this round.

Please click the “International/Domestic Scholarships Round 1 2018” under the Postgraduate Research Scholarships heading on the Scholarships website for a full list of all scholarships in this round: http://www.scholarships.uwa.edu.au/futurestudents/key-dates#postgrad

There are also weblinks for each scholarship in the iAthena application form – please check the eligibility and application details carefully.

RESEARCH TRAINING PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIPS, UNIVERSITY POSTGRADUATE AWARDS AND UWA SAFETY-NET TOP-UP SCHOLARSHIPS 

Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships, funded by the Australian Government, and University Postgraduate Awards (UPAs), funded by UWA, provide financial support for students to enrol in postgraduate research degrees.
UWA Safety-Net Top-Up Scholarships may be awarded in conjunction with RTP/UPA Stipends, providing a total full-time scholarship package of $29,000 per annum in 2018. The RTP/UPA stipend will be adjusted annually in line with the Commonwealth Department of Education indexation. The value of the UWA Safety-Net Top-Up Scholarship is at the discretion of the UWA Scholarships Committee and will also be adjusted each year, reducing as the RTP/UPA increases.  

The UWA Safety-Net Top-Up program will be discontinued when the value of the RTP reaches or exceeds $29,000 per year.

INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH TRAINING PROGRAM FEES OFFSET SCHOLARSHIPS
International Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset Scholarships cover International Tuition Fees and Overseas Student Health Cover for the award holder and their dependents.

Please see below for details of some other scholarships available in Round 1 2018:

PRESTIGIOUS SCHOLARSHIPS

These scholarships are awarded by the Scholarships Committee to the highest ranked domestic applicants for 2018. They are available in all disciplines:

HACKETT POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS (domestic applicants only) $38,000pa stipend, with $5000 overseas travel allowance

JEAN ROGERSON POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS (domestic applicants only) $35,000pa stipend


DEAN'S EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE PHD SCHOLARSHIPS (international and domestic applicants)

The Faculty of Science is offering a limited number of prestigious scholarships for PhD projects working with leading researchers to help bring about meaningful change to the world and humanity in key areas of scientific research. The scholarship package comprises a stipend of $40,000pa; a research travel/conference allowance of $5000pa; and a research/operating and thesis submission allowance of $5000pa. Overseas Student Health Cover and tuition fees are covered for international applicants. Further information is on the Faculty of Science website: http://www.science.uwa.edu.au/future-students/scholarships/deans-excellence#Dean's Excellence in Science PhD Scholarships

DEAN'S EXCELLENCE IN FABLE PHD SCHOLARSHIPS (international and domestic applicants)

The Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education (FABLE) is offering a limited number of prestigious postgraduate research scholarships to academically outstanding international and domestic students wishing to undertake a research doctorate degree (PhD) in FABLE. The scholarship package comprises a stipend of $33,000 pa and a research expense allowance of $5100 pa. Overseas Student Health Cover (single only) and tuition fees are covered for international applicants. 

FORREST RESEARCH FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS (international and domestic applicants)

Forrest Research Foundation Scholarships are available for commencing domestic and international PhD applicants from the five Western Australian universities. Forrest Scholars receive a scholarship package comprising a Research Training Program (RTP), or equivalent stipend valued at $26,682pa (in 2017); an accommodation allowance valued at $20,011pa (in 2017); and a relocation and research travel allowance of $13,000. Overseas Student Health Cover and tuition fees are covered for international applicants. Applicants need to apply for PhD enrolment and scholarships through iAthena, and also complete the separate online application form on the Forrest Research Foundation website: http://www.forrestresearch.org.au/

ROBERT AND MAUDE GLEDDEN POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS (domestic applicants only)

Robert and Maude Gledden Postgraduate Scholarships are awarded to domestic applicants for research in applied science, more particularly relating to surveying, engineering, mining or cognate subjects ($32,000pa stipend, with $5000 overseas travel allowance). Gledden scholarships are typically awarded to PhD students enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and the Faculty of Science, however applications from students with relevant research projects in other faculties will also be considered. Applicants must submit a 100 word statement explaining the relevance of their proposed research to the terms of the Gledden Trust.

OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS WITH SPECIFIC ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

ESTABLISHMENT ALLOWANCES FOR INTERSTATE APPLICANTS

Establishment Allowance of $2,000 will be paid to highly ranked applicants relocating from interstate in addition to Relocation Allowances provided under the RTP and UPA conditions, and some other scholarship schemes (please check individual conditions for details of allowances). Interstate applicants who will need to move to Perth in order to enrol and take up the scholarships should tick the "Establishment Allowance" box on the online form.

INDIGENOUS POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH TOP-UP SCHOLARSHIPS

Indigenous Postgraduate Supplementary Scholarships valued at $10,000pa may be awarded to awardees of RTP Stipends or University Postgraduate Awards who identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and who are recognised as such by the community with which they associate. The top-up scholarships are awarded for the duration of the primary scholarship, up to a maximum of three and a half years. No separate application form is required, but please tick the Indigenous Top-Up box on the online form, and attach proof of your Indigenous status to the Application Confirmation form.

REGISTERING AND LOGGING INTO iATHENA
iAthena: https://iathena.grs.uwa.edu.au/

iATHENA REGISTRATION FOR NEW USERS
If you are currently enrolled in a course at UWA at the time of your scholarship application, you should select "CURRENT UWA STUDENTS" and enter your UWA Student Number and UWA Pheme Password.

ALL other scholarship applicants must select "NON-UWA STUDENTS AND FORMER UWA STUDENTS". If you are a former UWA student please enter your personal/work email address to register for iAthena. We will use this email address for correspondence about your scholarship application. Please do NOT enter your UWA student Number and UWA student email address in the User Account Registration if you are not enrolled at UWA at the time of your scholarship application.

If you are a former UWA student or you have received an offer, but have not yet enrolled, you should enter your UWA Student Number in the Personal Details section of the Application Form (but not at the Registration stage).

TRANSFER OF iATHENA APPLICATIONS FROM PREVIOUS ROUNDS
If you have applied for scholarships in a previous iAthena round, please do not start a new application. Please email the Graduate Research School and ask for your application to be transferred into the current round. The transferred application will include all uploaded documents and Referee Reports from your previous application. You can then log back into iAthena with your original login details, update your details, and submit the new application. You do not need to provide hardcopy supporting documents which were submitted with your previous application, but you will need to submit a new Application Confirmation form. Email: researchschols@uwa.edu.au (domestic applicants) or internationalscholarships@uwa.edu.au (international applicants)

INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING THE ONLINE APPLICATION FORM

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QUESTION 1: SCHOLARSHIP SELECTION
Please select one of the following options: Scholarships & Enrolment in a Higher Degree by Research (HDR): please select this option if you are not already enrolled in a Higher Degree by Research degree and you want to apply for enrolment and scholarships.

Scholarships Only (current UWA Doctoral and Masters Students Only): please select this option if you are already enrolled and want to apply for scholarships.

Please check the eligibility criteria for each scholarship listed by clicking on the ‘Show Details’ link and select those for which you are applying.

QUESTION 3: ADDRESS DETAILS AND APPLICANT CONTACT DETAILS NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017

Please enter your Permanent Home Address, Postal Address and Current Residential Address (where you are living now) and indicate if you will need to move to Perth to take up the scholarship. If you do need to move to Perth from within Australia you may be eligible for a Relocation Allowance, subject to proof of your move to Perth and on production of receipts for travel and removal expenses.

Please ensure that you provide an email address and a phone number where you can be contacted during the day.  

QUESTION 4: COURSE SELECTION
Please select the course for which you are applying. Postgraduate research scholarships are only available for the research degrees listed.   Do not use the iAthena application form if you wish to apply for a postgraduate coursework degree.  You can download the application form for other degrees from   http://www.studyat.uwa.edu.au/postgraduate-coursework/apply

QUESTION 5: ENGLISH PROFICIENCY 
All applicants must satisfy the University’s minimum requirements for English language proficiency as follows:

  • Qualifications through WACE, TEE or equivalent: Pass in English, English Literature or English as a Second Language
  • GCE Ordinary Level English (GCSE and IGCSE):  C6 or higher
  • TOEFL (paper based): 570 with 45 in the test of Spoken English and 4.5 in the Test of Written English
  • iBT TOEFL (internet based): 82, with a minimum of 22 for writing, 20 for speaking and listening, and 18 for reading 
  •  IELTS (Academic test):  6.5 overall, with no band lower than 6.0
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: C pass
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: B grade
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic:  Overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 64 for reading and writing, 59 in speaking and 54 in listening. The Faculty of Law requires an overall score of 70, with a minimum of 70 in each section.
  • UWA Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT) Bridging Course – Overall score of 70% with a minimum of 65% in each section
  • Other qualifications considered on an individual basis.
Higher English scores are required for admission to HDRs in some faculties at UWA:
Law requires an overall IELTS of 7.5, with a minimum score of 7.5 for Reading and Writing and a minimum of 7.0 for Speaking and Listening;

Business requires an overall IELTS of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.5 in Reading and Writing;

Education and Dentistry require an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 in Reading and Writing.

Further information can be found at: https://study.uwa.edu.au/how-to-apply/english-language-requirements/postgrad-research-english-language-requirements

If you wish to apply for exemption from undertaking an English proficiency test, please tick the box and enter your reasons for applying for exemption in the text box provided.

QUESTION 6: ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATIONAL HISTORY
Please provide a full list of ALL your previous and current tertiary studies, including incomplete and completed qualifications. You must also upload official academic transcripts and degree certificates for all of your tertiary studies. Documents not in English must be accompanied by an official certified translation.

Originals or certified copies of evidence of Tertiary Qualifications obtained from other institutions must be mailed or delivered to the Graduate Research School with your Application Confirmation and other documentation, by the application deadline. If you are a UWA graduate or current student you do NOT need to attach your UWA academic transcripts.

QUESTIONS 7A AND 7B: PROPOSED AREA OF RESEARCH AND PROPOSED RESEARCH TOPIC

Please consider carefully the school or schools in which you intend to undertake your research. A scholarship awarded in one faculty may not be transferable to a school in another faculty, unless both faculties agree. If you are unsure of the school in which you intend to commence your degree please discuss your research with your potential supervisor/s and the Graduate Research Coordinator/s or Head/s of School.

You must discuss your proposed research with your prospective supervisor, to ensure that adequate supervision, facilities and resources are available.  Please provide a title and statement of not more than 300 words describing your proposed project (including specific aims, potential significance  & proposed technologies relevant to your research if applicable). 

PART-TIME ENROLMENT (DOMESTIC APPLICANTS ONLY)

If you are a domestic student with caring responsibilities or a medical condition and you intend to enrol part-time you must obtain approval from your supervisor and the school before submitting your scholarship application. Applicants for part-time scholarships must attach a separate statement regarding compelling social reasons such as medical or major caring responsibilities that prevent full-time study. Please note that part-time employment cannot be combined with a part-time scholarship, and part-time scholarships are not available for international students.

QUESTION 7C: RESEARCH THROUGH EMPLOYMENT
Have you gained any research experience that is relevant to your proposed research through employment? If yes, please summarise below and provide details in your CV and a list of employers at Question 11. Please do not include non-research related employment.

QUESTION 8A: PUBLICATIONS IN REFEREED JOURNALS OR PUBLISHED MONOGRAPHS 
Please list and number consecutively any papers published, papers in press or finally accepted for publication in refereed journals over the last five years. The listing must indicate titles of papers, sequence of authors as shown in the paper, first and last page numbers, name, volume and date of journal and, for recent papers not yet published, a copy of the notification of acceptance by the journal’s editor is required.  Quality as well as quantity of publications will be considered in the assessment of applications.  Please do not include papers submitted for publication but not yet accepted, or conference proceedings, abstracts or papers in this section unless they were published in a refereed journal.

QUESTION 8B: CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

Have you delivered an oral presentation or had a paper accepted at an academic conference? If yes, please list and number consecutively, oral presentations and conference papers, over the last five years.

QUESTION 9: COMPETITIVE, PRIZES, PATENTS AND GRANTS
Have you won any competitive national or international prizes, such as those awarded by learned societies; competitive travel or research grants; or patents? If yes, please list any prizes or grants. Please do not include university prizes in this section.

QUESTION 10: FORMAL PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
Please list any professional qualifications you have obtained, or evidence of membership with professional bodies. This section is not compulsory. If you do not have any formal professional qualifications which are relevant to your field of research please leave blank and click Save to move to next question.

QUESTION 11: CURRICULUM VITAE

Current UWA students do not need to include a CV, and if you do not have any relevant research employment experience please leave blank and click Save to move to next question. All other applicants must attach a CV summarising their educational qualifications (including all incomplete degrees) and employment history, including relevant research employment.

QUESTION 12: PERSONAL STATEMENT
This question is not compulsory for current or former UWA students. You can simply leave this section blank and click Save to move to the next question.

QUESTION 13: ACADEMIC REFEREE REPORTS 

Applicants should nominate two academic referees. Referee Reports should be submitted by Tuesday 31 October 2018 to ensure they are considered in the ranking process. However, late reports will continue to be accepted up until Friday 17 November  2017. In the case of Honours students or recent graduates of The University of Western Australia, it is recommended that:

 -  one referee should preferably be the supervisor of the Honours programme in which the applicant is/was enrolled, or the Head of School or the Graduate Co-ordinator of the School, and
-  the second referee should be one of the above, or the applicant's prospective supervisor if he/she has sufficient knowledge of the applicant.

Applicants from other institutions should choose appropriate referees and should follow similar principles to those detailed above in nominating referees from their own institutions who have informed, personal and professional knowledge of their academic ability and who may exercise judgement of their research potential.

You need to speak to your referees to let them know that you are applying for this scholarship and brief them so that they understand what is required of them. Please note that the preferred method of submission of referee reports for scholarship applications is via the online iAthena Scholarships system. When you submit your online application your referees  will receive an automated email from iAthena requesting them to complete the online referee report in iAthena.

After you have submitted your application you can log back into iAthena to check if your referees have submitted their reports. If they have not submitted their reports by 31/10/17, you should encourage them to submit their report as soon as possible. UWA will not contact referees to request reports if they do not submit one. Your application will be assessed without the referee report if the two reports are not submitted. Referee reports are considered when awarding scholarships and an applicant who does not have any referee reports or only one referee report may be disadvantaged in the selection process.

If your Referee cannot submit the online report in iAthena, the Referee Report Form can be downloaded from the Graduate Research School website at: http://www.postgraduate.uwa.edu.au/students/forms#scholarships Completed downloaded reports should be emailed to researchschols@uwa.edu.au for domestic applicants and internationalscholarships@uwa.edu.au for international applicants to be uploaded into your application.

QUESTION 14: PRIOR EDUCATION STATISTICAL DETAILS
Please provide details of your previous educational qualifications and the source of your information about UWA scholarships.

QUESTION 15: DECLARATIONS AND AUTHORISATION TO ACCESS ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPTS
This is the final stage of the online application. Please read the Authority to Access Academic Transcripts; General Declaration, Authority to Release this Application, and Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.  
When you are ready to submit your online application, please enter your UWA Student ID or Email Address and iAthena Password and press the Submit Button.

SUBMISSION OF ONLINE APPLICATION AND APPLICATION CONFIRMATION FORM
When you have pressed the Submit button, iAthena will generate the Scholarship Application Confirmation form, which includes the Declarations and a list of the documents required for your application. 

Please complete the online application form, and submit the printed hardcopy Application Confirmation Form to the Graduate Research School, together with any required supporting documentation.

If you have been enrolled at The University of Western Australia at any time, please enter your student ID.  Candidates who have completed a degree in a previous name must provide documentary evidence of their change of name.

DEADLINE FOR ONLINE APPLICATIONS – 5PM TUESDAY 31 OCTOBER 2017

Please submit your Application Confirmation Form together with certified copies of  English test results, and all academic transcripts and degree certificates, other than those gained at The University of Western Australia, to:

The Graduate Research School, 
Room G13, Hackett Hall, Mailbag M358, 
The University of Western Australia,
35 Stirling Highway, 
PERTH, WA  6009
AUSTRALIA

Email: researchschols@uwa.edu.au (domestic applicants)
           internationalscholarships@uwa.edu.au (international applicants)

Telephone:  (08) 6488 4740/8148/3738/1584 

Application Confirmation forms may be submitted by email, but the original signed form and documents must also be mailed or delivered to the above address.  Your application is not complete and will not be considered until you sign and forward the Application Confirmation form to the Graduate Research School.

DEADLINE FOR HARDCOPY SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS - FRIDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2017
The printed signed Scholarship Application Confirmation form and certified copies of English test results, academic transcripts and degree certificates should be delivered in person, mailed or sent by international courier, by 3 November 2017. Hardcopy supporting documents which are post-marked or sent by courier on or before 3 November 2017, will be accepted even if they arrive after 3 November.

It is preferable that you do not send original documents as we may not be able to return them to you. However, we will need to see your original documents prior to your enrolment.

Please note that application forms are applicable for The University of Western Australia only and remain the property of The University of Western Australia.  Applicants who wish to apply for awards at other Australian universities should seek information from the Graduate Research School at the university concerned.  Awards won at The University of Western Australia cannot be taken up at another University.

DELAYED ACADEMIC RESULTS
Scholarships cannot normally be offered subject to results submitted after the final ranking. The Scholarships Committee has emphasised that late results submitted after 4 December 2017 may not be able to be taken into account.