Flinders University :Flinders International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (FIPRS)

Opening Date: 19-04-2021   Closing Date: 06-08-2021  

Please note, although this scholarship is open for application, please be aware that: 

Australia’s borders are currently closed and entry to Australia remains strictly controlled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Travel to Australia is only available if you are exempt or you have been granted an individual exemption.

Travel restrictions are subject to change in response to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19. You can stay informed with the latest updates by checking this page regularly:  https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/travel-restrictions


The Flinders International Research Scholarship (FIPRS) is a scholarship specifically intended to support international students that covers international tuition fees and also provides a stipend.

Please note: for visa purposes, the FIPRS is not a Commonwealth Sponsored Scholarship.

A very limited number of FIPRS for international students are available each year (5 scholarships in 2021) and due to the limited number of scholarships, each round is highly competitive.  The FIPRS is awarded to candidates who demonstrate 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.


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 not hold Australian citizenship, Australian permanent resident status or New Zealand citizenship.

Please download the FIPRS conditions of award for full eligibility criteria.


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 agreement from that person to supervise you if you are 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 AGRTPS/FIPRS.

You must include up to five of your publications, each accompanied with a completed coversheet; publications without coversheets will not be considered.  Publications are 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 to select the best five. Explain briefly why these five were chosen. Do not provide 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.

Publications should not be more than 5 years old.

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 international scholarship round, applicants who have not published are unlikely to be competitive.

Academic Transcripts
Applicants must provide a certified copy 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 Referee Reports
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.  Academic Referee reports must be returned to rhdscholarships@flinders.edu.au by the closing date.

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.


Format & Language
All documents must be uploaded via the application portal, and should be in English.  Please save as a PDF and scan and save in the correct orientation. Please name all documents with your family name and document name, for example: name_Transcript, name_publication 1.


To apply for an AGRTPS and FIPRS, you will need to first submit an application for admission to a Higher Degree by Research for both the AGRTPS and FIPRS.


To apply for an AGRTPS and FIPRS, you will need to first submit an application for admission to a Higher Degree by research (PhD or Master of Arts by research) followed by an application for the International RHD Scholarship Group.

If you already have a valid offer for admission to a Higher Degree by Research, you no not need to apply for admission again.

To apply for admission

International applicants - apply online via Studylink


A student ID is created in Student Management shortly after the application is submitted in StudyLink. 

How to apply for Scholarship

After completing your application via Studylink, you will receive a welcome email to your nominated email address and will contain your FAN.

Once you have recieved the email with your FAN:

  • Please go to MYFLINDERS to activate your student account 

Once you have activated your account, you can then apply.

  • log in to your OKTA dashboard via the quick links on the Flinders website 

You need a FAN to log into the student system to lodge your application for scholarship.

If you have studied at Flinders University but graduated more than 12 months ago you will need to reactive your FAN via the FAN reactivation page.  With an active FAN you will then be able to submit your application for scholarship via the Student Information System as advised above.

If you have previously applied to study at Flinders, you will be able to reactive your FAN via the FAN reactivation page, you will need to enter your Fist name, Last name, date of birth and your student ID, normally found on any letters sent by the university to you.  The system will be able to identify you more accurately if you can enter your student ID.

With an active FAN you will then be able to submit your application for the international scholarships via the Student Information System

You will find the application form by selecting the My Scholarship tab,  the scholarship application is called International RHD Scholarship - group.  This application will ensure you are assessed for both the AGRTPS and the FIPRS.

Once your application is complete, including all mandatory questions and doumentation, your application will be assessed.  Assessment will commence once applications have closed.

Applications close Friday 6 August 2021 at 5pm Australia, Adelaide local time.

Any questions about the application process should be directed to the Student Finance Office via email at rhdscholarships@flinders.edu.au

Any questions about the candidature application process should be directed to the International Centre via email at agrtps.international@flinders.edu.au



Scholarship Type: research, academic merit, commencing, international students,