Scholarship application guide

Assessment of Applications for centrally funded HDR Scholarships - A Guide for Applicants.


Through the scholarship application process, Charles Sturt University seeks to attract and facilitate the progress of high quality Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates whose research interests align with the strategic priorities of the University.

Most scholarships offered by Charles Sturt University are funded through the Australian Government's Research Training Program (AGRTP).  The Charles Sturt Policy relating to scholarships funded under this program can be found in the Policy Library.

Process of Assessment and Allocation of Awards

Preliminary assessment and ranking of scholarship applications is completed within the relevant Faculty and/or Research Centre. The assessment takes into account the academic qualifications and achievements of each applicant, their demonstrated research capacity and allows for prioritisation of strategic areas by Faculties as outlined below.

Advice from these assessment processes is integrated and provided to the Higher Degree by Research Scholarships Committee. The recommendations of the Higher Degree by Research Scholarships Committee are then submitted to the Presiding Officer of the Research Committee for endorsement/approval.

Applicants will normally be notified of outcomes within two months of the application closing date.

Identification of a Supervisor

Before submitting a scholarship application you should make contact with the appropriate Sub-Dean Graduate Studies to discuss your supervisory options at Charles Sturt.

Criteria for Assessment of Applications

Applications are assessed against four key areas:

  • Previous Academic Performance
    Academic merit considers the nature and level of the applicant's highest, relevant qualification.
  • Research and/or Professional Experience
    Evidence of an applicant's research achievements and relevant professional experience.
  • Research Environment
    Alignment with strategic research priorities and strengths. This includes the strength of alignment with the Charles Sturt Research Narrative; the supervisory capacity and the strength of the research environment within the field of research.
  • Quality of Proposed Research 
    The quality of the research proposal and the level of understanding of the research subject matter.

The quality of the research proposal and the level of understanding of the research subject matter.

Evidence may include:

  • authorship of peer-reviewed journal articles books, book chapters, and conference papers
  • direction or execution of performances, productions, exhibitions, or designs appropriate to the discipline or medium concerned
  • editorial contributions to scholarly journals and other professional publications
  • served on relevant committees or panels in relation to research/professional activity
  • invitations to address scholarly or professional meetings and conferences
  • engagement in research projects
  • involvement in research commercialisation
  • service on committees or panels, in relation to research/professional activity
  • contributions of a scholarly kind to the affairs of a professional organization, learned society or community group
  • participation in formulating or assessing funded research proposals
  • invitations to act in an expert capacity
  • contribution to professional practice, acknowledged by appropriate peer recognition
  • successful involvement in consultancy work in terms of its contribution to the advancement of knowledge and/or its applications, and of professional practice

Research Outputs / Publications

Please enter details of any books, book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles and published peer-reviewed conference papers into the publications spreadsheet and upload as an attachment to your application form.