Flinders International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (FIPRS) in Australia 2021

Flinders University in Australia invites applications for the Flinders International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (FIPRS) specifically intended to support international students to undertake a research higher degree in 2021.

A very limited number of FIPRS for international students are available each year and due to the limited number of scholarships, each round is highly competitive.  The FIPRS is awarded to candidates who demonstrate an outstanding aptitude for independent research, academic merit, academic research training and research indicators and performance.

The scholarship is tenable for up to three years for a Research Doctorate degree and up to two years for a Research Masters degree. Successful applicants are required to undertake full-time study and must be commencing a higher degree by research in Australia for the first time.

Applicants for the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (AGRTPS) for international students will be automatically considered for the FIPRS.

Worth of Award

  • The FIPRS pays the international student tuition fees charged by Flinders University for a research higher degree.
  • In addition, a stipend provides the recipient with a generous living allowance paid at the rate of $28,597 per annum (202021 rate). It is tax-exempt and indexed annually.
  • An FIPRS student who moves to Adelaide from overseas is eligible for an establishment allowance (after arrival at Flinders) of up to $1,485 to assist with relocation costs and airfares, provided receipts can be produced by the student.


  • Applicants must be a citizen of any overseas country, except New Zealand, and satisfy the University’s academic entry requirements for a Masters degree by research or Doctorate by research.
  • Applicants are required to have successfully completed at least the equivalent of an Australian First Class Hons degree(this is a four-year degree with a major research project in the final year)
  • Applicants must meet the English proficiency levels set by Flinders University for international students at the time of application. Students for whom English is a foreign language will need to provide evidence of their English language competence.
  • Applicants must not hold an equivalent research higher degree qualification.  Applications are only open to students commencing a research higher degree in Australia for the first time.
  • Applicants must not hold Australian citizenship, Australian permanent resident status or New Zealand citizenship.

How to Apply

  • All applicants are required to read the application guidelines provided below before submitting an application.
    Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • To ensure your application is complete and competitive, please read and attend to the following:
  • Research Supervisor: You must make contact with an academic staff member in your relevant academic area and have an informal agreement from that person to supervise you if successful. Email evidence of the supervisor’s agreement should be included with your application. Applicants who do not have a supervisor at the time of application will not be considered for an IPRS/FIPRS.
  • Publications: You must include copies of up to five of your publications, each accompanied with a completed coversheet; publications without coversheets will not be considered. These publications will be used to judge the quality of your previous research in the area that you intend to study at Flinders University. Applicants with more than five publications should consult with their Flinders University supervisor in selecting the best five. Explain briefly why these five were chosen. Do not include copies of more than five publications. Additional publications may be noted on your CV or in a separate list. Coversheets are not required for publications listed on the CV but not included among the top five.
  • Typically, only publications in English should be included among the top five. Publications in other languages will be accepted only if the nature of the publication (for example, a report to a government agency) dictates that another language is most appropriate.
  • Please note, due to the highly competitive nature of the IPRS, applicants who have not published are unlikely to be competitive.
  • Academic Transcripts: You must provide certified copies of all university-level academic transcripts, translated into English, please do not provide secondary school certificates or non educational certificates or awards.
  • Research Proposal: You must include a research proposal of approximately 500 words in length, outlining the problem, hypothesis or question and the methodology or approach.
  • Academic Referees: Complete Section A of two copies of the Academic Referee’s Confidential Report forms and forward them to two appropriate referees of your choice.  If possible the referees should have an informed, personal and professional knowledge of your academic ability and be able to exercise judgment of your research potential. indicate on your application form who the Referree Report forms have been sent to. Academic Referee reports must be returned to [email protected] by 14 August 2015.
  • Curriculum Vitae: An updated CV outlining your work experience, all research experience, and a full list of cited publications should be included with your application.
  • Application Format & Language: All documents that are submitted electronically should be in English, saved preferably as a PDF and scanned and saved in the correct orientation. Please name all document with your family name and document name, for example: name_Transcript, name_publication 1
  • If you send an electronic application by email and you are successful, you will be required to provide all of your original or certified documents to the International Office before your scholarship will commenced.
  • Email your completed application to [email protected]
  • Any questions about the application process should be directed to the Student Finance Office via email at [email protected]
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Deadline: Closing Date: August 6, 2021


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