How to apply

Before you apply to study with us, there are a few things you should consider.

Identify your research passion

The first step is to identify the topic that you might like to pursue.

As part of the application process, you will need to provide some details on your proposed research ideas to choose possible supervisors. You will need to take a look at the literature in your chosen field and start to write some initial ideas for your proposed area of research. This includes:

  • terms of the problem and/or research questions you might investigate
  • some of the relevant research literature in the area
  • the proposed methodologies/methods you might like to pursue.

This will give us a starting place for an initial conversation about how your project might best fit with current gaps in the research, as well as areas of staff expertise here at Charles Sturt University.

You should aim to have a brief document (1-2 pages or more) that can be shared with potential supervisors as part of the application process.

Find a supervisor

Once you have identified your research passion and considered your eligibility for the Higher Degree by Research program, it is now time to identify potential supervisors for your research.

Check your relevant Faculty to see who might be a good fit to supervise your work:

This may also give you some ideas about possible topics and/or ways to narrow things down a bit. At the admissions stage, we require a minimum of two staff members to supervise, one to be the Principal Supervisor and at least one to be a Co-Supervisor.

Alternatively, you can contact the Sub-Dean Graduate Studies for your relevant Faculty and discuss your proposed topic and potential supervisors. The Sub-Dean can also provide you with information about the course you plan to undertake as well as the admission application process.

Apply now

The next step is to apply for admission. Applications for admission to a Higher Degree by Research can be lodged at any time.

Apply now

Funding for your research degree

Charles Sturt University will be holding an application round for scholarships commencing in 2020 which we expect will be open mid-year – the Research Scholarships page is where these will be advertised. You can explore the types of scholarships we advertised in our most recent round to give yourself an idea of the sorts of scholarships we offer.

If you are not successful in the scholarship round, you can still pursue studies as a full fee paying candidate.  You may be able to defer payment of fees through the FEE-HELP program.  If you have further questions about your eligibility for tuition fee loans please contact Regarding the cost of tuition as a full-fee paying student you can visit the fees and costs section of the course brochure for your PhD.