University of South Australia (UniSA) – Vice Chancellor and President’s Scholarships

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The Vice Chancellor and President’s Scholarships are awarded each year to the top two PhD scholarship recipients in each Division at the University of South Australia. Eight scholarships are awarded per annum.

The award is valued at $10,000 and supports recipients whose research project exemplifies the objectives of the Transformed PhD and who can demonstrate how they would use the scholarship to further these objectives. These may include, but are not limited to:

overseas and domestic trips for the purpose of collecting data with an end user or industry partner,
engaging with an end user from government, industry and/or community on the research project
activities that broaden the student’s focus on entrepreneurship and innovation,
transferable skills development
opportunities to present their research at a conference
The Vice Chancellor and President’s Scholarship will provide funding towards the research project activities identified in the candidate’s application and approved by the selection panel.

As UniSA’s top PhD candidates, recipients will be expected to be part of a cohort of Ambassadors of the Transformed PhD,   including advocating for the significance and innovation of their research findings, and participating in promotional and media activities. In preparation, recipients of the scholarship will be provided media training and support by UniSA’s Communication and Marketing Unit. In particular, Scholarship recipients will have access to a media education workshop focussed on engaging with media audiences across radio, print, television and social media platforms. The training will explore:

news values
how to identify the news in your research
writing for media
interview preparation
tips for radio and TV interviews
developing social media profile and engagement
new platforms for presenting research and ideas


Students must have their research proposal approved within 6 months full-time study, or up to 12 months where specified by the student’s home School and Division. The scholarship will be paid to the student upon confirmation of candidature.

As recipients also have an ambassadorial role to play in advocating for the significance of their research and the transformed PhD, they will be required to participate in the University’s promotion of the Transformed PhD, including media activities.

By the end of the second year of candidature or when the total of the Scholarship funds have been spent (whichever comes first) a written report must be submitted to Student and Academic Services, detailing how the Scholarship funds were expended.

Process of awarding the scholarship

Students who meet the eligibility criteria will be identified by the University and invited to apply in June.

Applications will be assessed by a sub-committee of the University’s Research Degrees Committee (RDC). The sub-committee includes the Dean: Graduate Studies, Associate Deans: Research Education (or equivalent) from each Division and the Manager: Scholarships and Candidature, Student and Academic Services (or delegate).

Students will be notified of the outcome of their application towards the end of August.

When all conditions have been met the award of $10,000 will be made available to the student via a cost centre managed within the student’s school.

How to apply

Upon invitation, applicants will need to complete the application form provided. The application will require:

A one page proposal outlining their research project and how it exemplifies the objectives of the Transformed PhD. The proposal must also clearly describe how the scholarship will be used to achieve these objectives, and
The Principal supervisor’s supporting statement on behalf of the supervisory panel
Applications will be due 31 July each year.

Description of Ideal Candidate:
The scholarships are available to commencing international and domestic students who are undertaking a PhD at the University of South Australia.

To be eligible, students must be:

Enrolled in a PhD at UniSA
Within 12 months of the commencement at the time of application
In receipt of a Commonwealth or UniSA funded scholarship*
Highly ranked amongst other scholarship applications
Note: It is expected that the student’s supervisory panel will comprise at least 3 supervisors including an end-user advisor.

Students who meet the eligibility criteria will be invited to apply in June each year.

*RTP Stipend scholarships, IPRS, USAPA, UPS, IRTS and RTIS stipend


The Vice Chancellor and President’s Scholarship is very competitive and selection will be based on:

Meeting the eligibility criteria
Academic and research standing as reflected in the student’s application for admission and scholarship awarded at UniSA
the student’s ability to demonstrate how their research exemplifies alignment with the objectives of the ‘Transformed PhD’ and how they would use the scholarship to further these objectives,
the student’s supervisory panel
Principal supervisor’s supporting statement on behalf of the supervisory panel

The award provides $10,000 towards supporting PhD candidates with their transformed PhD as outlined in their application.

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