Information in the Current Candidates section is prepared with RHD staff in mind, however, this section provides practical advice about RHD admin processes for the benefit of RHD supervisors, postgraduate coordinators and professional staff.

Information for staff below and in the links on the right:

 Register of RHD Supervisors

The Office of Graduate Research (OGR) maintains a Register of staff who are eligible to supervise RHD candidates. Details are updated regularly and questions can be directed to the OGR's Examination Officer.

Applications to join the Register require you to follow a few steps:

  1. complete the Application for Register of RHD Supervisors form
  2. send it to the Faculty Office for checking
  3. make any required amendments
  4. gain supporting signatures from the Dean of School’s nominee for RHD matters, and if required, the Dean of School and Faculty Executive Dean
  5. return it to the Faculty Office for endorsement by the Chair, Faculty RHD Committee and Faculty determination.

The Faculty Office will forward the application form to the OGR for decision. You will be advised of the outcome via email.


Supervision Workshops

Supervisors are required to provide intellectual support, procedural guidance and broader pastoral support to candidates under their supervision. To ensure all of these aspects are met, the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) and OGR provide the following training programs:

RHD Applications

If you are approached by a prospective RHD applicant about supervision, direct them to the Study with us section of this website. Study with us informs prospective applicants about:

  • the University's application process
  • how to submit an Expression of Interest.

In addition, applicants need to:

  • develop a 500 word research proposal to submit with their application
  • submit their application to Student Finance Services (SFS) or the International Centre (IC), not to individual staff members, nor to the Faculty.

Please advise the applicant to submit their completed application using the contact details on the form.

For more information, about the RHD application process and the RHD options available, please see the documents below:

RHD application assessment process (PDF 19KB)

Scholarships and Sponsorships

Applications for RHD scholarships occur in two main rounds each year:

  • International - opens mid-June and closes mid-August. Flinders offers very few International RHD scholarships each year. Staff members considering supporting such a prospective application should contact their School representative on the Faculty RHD Committee for support, as soon as possible. Applications are assessed in a very tight turnaround period in September/ October.
  • Domestic - main round opens 1 September, closes 31 October. Applications are assessed in a very tight turnaround period throughout November.  Supervisors and Postgraduate coordinators are required to assess publications submitted as part of the application.
  • A mid-year domestic scholarship round (opens 1 May and closes end June) is offered only for Flinders students who complete Honours mid-year.

EHL Top-Up Scholarship – awarded to two scholarship recipients following the main domestic round each year. EHL RHD staff will email prospective supervisors during the main round to seek nominations.

Scholarships Office searchable funding database – for other scholarship opportunities

Privately Funded Scholarship - Staff members seeking to set up a scholarship must contact the Scholarships Office.

International student tuition fee sponsorship – in exceptional cases, international RHD students may be recommended for a fee sponsorship to complete their thesis.

Supervisors of international sponsored RHD candidates: if you are asked to provide a progress report to a sponsor, please contact the Faculty Office in the first instance.

Progress and Completion

Supervisors are expected to keep in regular contact with their candidates and to address any progress issues as they arise, including outside influences such as changed work commitments or health issues, by counselling candidates to seek appropriate changes to study as soon as possible (eg application for intermission, change of status to part-time, etc).

Note: intermission cannot be applied retrospectively except where medical evidence is provided. Issues that cannot be easily resolved must be escalated as soon as possible to the Dean of School's RHD nominee .

Unsatisfactory progress (Clause 17.2 and Section 18)

In the first instance, a supervisor must give the candidate a preliminary warning in writing, stating the reasons why the candidate's progress is considered to be unsatisfactory. The supervisors should arrange a meeting with the candidate to discuss actions that must be completed by the candidate within a specified time frame to rectify the unsatisfactory progress.

The Office of Graduate Research's webpage provides information about making changes to your RHD, including upgrading to a PhD, intermission, problems, and extensions.

More information

For more information about RHD milestones and assessments, please click on the links below: