University President’s Scholarships (UPS) for International Students by University of South Australia

Research Scholarship in Art and Humanities , in Business and Law , in Education and Languages , in Engineering , in Medicine , in Natural Science , in Social Science
  • Australia
  • Apply Before : August 31, 2020

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 14465
  • Degree MasterPH.D
  • Opportunity Type : Partially Funded

Opportunity Description


The University of South Australia awards University President’s Scholarships (UPS) to international research degree students each year. These scholarships are granted based on candidates’ academic excellence.

Quick details:

Application deadline: August 31, 2020

Start time: Early 2021

Location: Australia

Scholarship focus areas: Research and Training

Levels of study: Master by Research or Ph.D. by Research

Scholarship value:

  • Tuition fee and a living grant of at least $28,092 per year(2020 stipend rate).


It will cover:

  • Tuition fees
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
  • Living allowance must be covered by the university’s center, school or/and division where a student has applied (in some cases may be provided by a sponsor/external funder)
  • Travel expenses are not covered

As this scholarship benefits vary as per funding sources, its benefits and conditions details will be sent with an offer of a scholarship to the applicant.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates meeting the following requirements are eligible to apply:

  • Students enrolling in areas of research concentration and research strength;
  • Students must have a University of South Australia supervisor eager to recommend them for consideration and outstanding academic records;
  • Be a citizen of a foreign country eligible to enter Australia for the time required to complete the research degree;
  • UPS are almost always awarded to doctorate by research candidates but can be given to masters by research candidates in some cases;
  • Generally, scholarship beneficiaries must have first-class Honors or an international equivalent;
  • A relevant Bachelor degree (or equivalent) of at least 3 years with a minimum credit average;
  • An appropriate Master’s degree;
  • Satisfy the Dean of Research that their earlier education, pertinent professional experience and published research work is of adequate quality and significance to qualify the applicant for a research degree;
  • A scholarship awardee must be enrolled on a full-time basis as a Master or Ph.D. program only at the University of South Australia;
  • An awardee shall be enrolled as an internal candidate at the University of South Australia;

Competitive selection criteria

The University of South Australia evaluates individual scholarship application in view of the following indicators:

  • Grades achieved in an undergraduate degree, referee’s reports, proposed area of research, and supervisor report.
  • Applicants are rated in a top to bottom order according to their scores on each of these benchmarks and then scholarships are awarded based on merit.

How to apply?

In order to apply for University President’s Scholarship, applicants need to consider a seven-step application guideline as below and submit an online application afterward.

1. Check your eligibility

All international students must meet English language requirements to be admitted to a research program. Remember that a higher degree by research program is appropriate for someone who has completed a previous degree, often with a research component.

2. Match your research area

When submitting your application you will need to determine which field of the University you are applying for.  Finding out the areas of research that the University undertakes will also help you in finding your potential supervisor as well.

3. Find a supervisor

A supervisor is an academic staff member from the University of South Australia who will supervise your work throughout your research degree.

It is advisable that you recommend a supervisor when completing your application, however, you can submit your application without doing so. Nonetheless, you are recommended to propose a supervisor prior to the closing date while applying for a major scholarship such as this. Applications submitted for a major round scholarship without a supervisor may not advance into consideration.

It is essential that you do not propose a supervisor except they have agreed, in principle, to supervise your research.

4. Find a scholarship

In your online application, you will need to identify the scholarship you wish to apply for.

5. Organize referee reports

You are required to provide at least one academic or professional referee report before we can evaluate your application. In applying for a competitive scholarship, it is strongly recommended that you obtain two referee reports to maximize your success chance. Your referees must complete the referee report.

6. Required documentation

For each undergraduate and postgraduate degree that you have studied, make sure to provide mandatory documents/academic records as listed below:

  • University academic mark sheet/transcript including details of courses/subjects undertaken and grades attained. In case your original transcript is not in English you must upload both the original and an official attested English language translation.
  • University grading scale (e.g. A = 85% to 100%).
  • University diploma supplement (if appropriate).

Note: All applications and supporting documents must be submitted by 31 August. All the documents from each qualification should be incorporated into a single file that you can upload to your application.

Please apply early to allow the University time to review your application and request any additional information they may require.

7. Apply now

Before you start to apply, please read the applicant checklist available in the “apply online” section of the main announcement page, which will help you in preparing the information and documents you will need and answering the questions you will be asked during the application process. You are now ready to complete the online application form.

Sharing the outcome of your application 

The valuation process comprises a number of steps and involves a number of staff across the University, and application review and processing commonly take between 6-8 weeks to complete. You will the outcome notification by email as soon as the result of your application is finalized.

For more information please visit the UniSA Website.

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