Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA)
Applications for an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) need to be made directly to participating universities. Information on commencing a postgraduate research degree and university courses can be found on the MyUniversity website. General information about the support arrangements for students may be obtained from the Study Assist website. Frequently asked questions have been provided to assist with your enquiry.
The objectives of the APA scheme are to:
- Support postgraduate research training in the higher education sector; and
- Provide financial support to postgraduate students of exceptional research promise who undertake their higher degree by research (HDR) at an eligible Australian higher education provider (HEP).
APA scholarships are awarded to students of exceptional research potential undertaking a HDR in Australia. APAs are provided to assist with students' general living costs. From 2011 commencing International Postgraduate Research Scholarship recipients are eligible to apply for an APA.
Awards are available for a period of two years for a research masters degree or three years, with a possible extension of six months, for a research doctorate degree. Award holders receive an annual stipend and may also be eligible for other allowances.
Australian government funding is provided through annual block grants to eligible Australian HEPs. Section 46 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 and the Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines (Research) 2012 provide the legislative basis for the provision of funding to this scheme. The department is currently consulting with the sector and stakeholders on changes to the guidelines.
The allocation of APA funding to participating providers is based on a formula that is reflective of their overall research performance.
Guidelines, conditions and process for determining APA grant amounts
The requirements for the APA scheme are in Chapter 2 of the Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines (Research) 2012, which can be downloaded from the Australian Government Federal Register of Legislative Instruments at:
APA Stipend Rates
Each year, APA stipend rates for the following year will be announced prior to 1 October. The APA stipend rate is effective from 1 January. The table below details current and recent APA stipend rates.
* Prior to 2013, the part-time APA stipend included a component to ensure that part-time HDR students received the equivalent of half a full-time stipend after tax. From the 2012-13 financial year, the tax-free threshold increased to $18,200. As a result, the part-time stipend rate is half of the full-time rate.
Historical APA stipend rates and commencing places since the commencement of the scheme: Historical APA Stipend Rates| .
For more information, please email RBGrants@innovation.gov.au with "APA" as the subject line.