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2015/2016 University of Western Australia International Postgraduate Research Scholarships

About the University of Western Australia (UWA):

The University of Western Australia (UWA) was established in 1911 as the State’s first university. It was also the first free university in the British Empire, actively promoting equal access to tertiary education for all social classes.

The University was established due largely to the efforts of Sir John Winthrop Hackett, who had a long-standing vision and passion to provide Western Australia with a university. Proprietor and editor of The West Australian newspaper, he chaired a Royal Commission which recommended the establishment of a university. Later he was the founding Chancellor and bequeathed more than £425,000 (the equivalent of more than $32 million today) to the University.

There was consensus among legislators of the time that the University not only be free, but also provide tertiary education of a practical nature to help develop Western Australia’s pioneering economy. At the time of the University’s foundation, Perth’s population was just 121,000 and its economy relied mostly on agricultural, pastoral and mining industries.

As a result, the founding professorial appointments were in Agriculture, Mining and Engineering, Geology, Mathematics and Physics, Chemistry, History and Economics, Biology, and English. These were balanced to an extent by the appointment of lecturers in Classics and Ancient History, French, German, Mental and Moral Philosophy, and Veterinary Science. Overarching these 12 posts were three faculties – Engineering, Science and Arts.

More than 100 years later, the University is now home to nine Faculties and Schools and a number of Research Institutions and Centres which celebrated the University’s Centenary in 2013. UWA also entered the internationally-recognised Academic Ranking of World Universities’ Top 100 listing, continuing to set the standard for other West Australian universities to follow in terms of recognition for its achievements nationally and internationally.

About the 2015/2016 University of Western Australia International Postgraduate Research Scholarships:

Applications are currently ongoing for the 2015/2016 University of Western Australia International Postgraduate Research Scholarships. Applications are invited from suitably qualified international students to apply for International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) to undertake the degree of Master by Research or Doctorate by Research at The University of Western Australia.

Criteria for Eligibility:

The IPRS Scholarships are only available to applicants who:

(a) must be eligible to enrol or be enrolled as a full-time student in a higher degree by research (HDR) at the University upon commencement of their scholarship;

(b) must not have commenced an HDR prior to the year for which the scholarship is sought unless the applicant was unable to apply for a scholarship in the last selection round due to the timing of their enrolment;

(c) must not already be in receipt of another UWA Postgraduate Research International Tuition Fee Scholarship (SIRF or IPRS) or a UWA International Living Allowance Scholarship (UIS or UPAIS);

(d) must be entitled to a maximum tenure of at least 12 months. IPRS awards are not available to students who, as a result of prior studies, would be entitled to scholarship tenure of less than 12 months;

(e) must not have previously applied for the IPRS in more than one selection round. Applicants may only apply in a maximum of two selection rounds, after which they will be ineligible for reconsideration in any future IPRS rounds at UWA;

(f) must have completed at least four years of tertiary education studies at a high level of achievement demonstrated by the award of a degree of First Class Honours standard or equivalent;

(g) must be a citizen of an overseas country, excluding New Zealand;

(h) must meet the University’s English language requirements for scholarship holders;

(i) must not have completed a degree either at the same level as, or at a higher level than, the degree for which candidature is sought;

(j) must enrol in an area of research concentration and be recommended by the head of the school in which the proposed study is to be undertaken;

(k) must not be an overseas student who is currently on an Australian Government sponsored scholarship such as Australian Awards Development Scholarship seeking to apply for an IPRS immediately following the Australian Awards Development Scholarship funded study. Such candidates must meet the terms and conditions of these awards prior to applying for future funding. This applies to students under the Australian Sponsored Training Scholarships (ASTAS), the Equity and Merit Scholarship Scheme (EMSS) and the Australian Development Scholarships (ADS).

See the full eligibility criteria in the Scholarship Conditions.

Fields of Study:

Eligible Masters by Research or PhD degree offered by the University of Western Australia.

Number of Scholarships:

Not Specified.

Eligible Countries/Target Groups:

International students except New Zealand.

Value of Scholarship/Inclusions:

Full tuition fee waivers, accommodation, living expenses and flights to and from London.

Application Procedure/Instructions:

Application for a scholarship is also an application for admission to the University. All applicants need to apply through the online iATHENA scholarship system.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) to access the application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Deadline for Application

Deadline for applications for entry in July 2015 was 31 March 2015. The next deadline for entry in January 2016 is 31 August 2015.

Official Scholarship Website:

For more information, visit  http://www.scholarships.uwa.edu.au/search?sc_view=1&id=454&page=1&q=IPRS&s=1&old_key=0

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