How do I apply for a Forrest Scholarship?

Click the "Apply Now" button on the homepage where you will be directed to the applications portal. This link will only be made available when scholarship rounds are open.

How does my application for a Forrest Scholarship have to be submitted?

All applications must be submitted online through the Forrest Research Foundation application portal. If you experience any issues submitting your applications through the portal, contact the Forrest Research Foundation here as soon as possible.

What are the opening and closing dates for applications?

The next Forrest Scholarship round for 2017 PhD Scholarships opens 1 April 2017 and closes midnight Western Australian Time (GMT +8) Wednesday 31 May 2017.

Who should I ask to provide referee reports?

Applicants are required to provide contact details for four referees, two personal and two professional. You should ask people who will best support your application. Where possible this should include your academic supervisors, colleagues, and key contacts who can provide relevant information about your personal and professional attributes, especially in relation to the selection criteria. You are encouraged to provide referees that are not all from the same organisation, school or faculty.

When will my referees be contacted?

Referees may be contacted directly by the Forrest Research Foundation after the application round has closed.

Can I defer my scholarship until next year?

A Forrest Scholarship may not usually be deferred. The Governors of the Forrest Research Foundation may consider applications to defer the start date of a Forrest Scholarship This will depend on a variety of factors such as the circumstances of the applicant at the time and reasons for the deferral.

How can I make my application more successful?

There is no "formula" for a successful application. Each application should be about the particular candidate and the proposed research, while ensuring you also address the selection criteria and submit all formal requirements including uploading the documentation.

It is also recommended that each applicant contact their proposed supervisor to discuss making their Forrest Scholarship application. 

How can I improve the quality of my application?

It is also recommended that each applicant contact their proposed supervisor to discuss making their Forrest Scholarship application and how to best address the selection criteria. While there isn’t a formula to follow, the Foundation recommends that applicants contact the Scholarships Office and the proposed PhD supervisor at the nominated university to discuss the Forrest Scholarship application before it is submitted. We also suggest ensuring that each Selection Criteria is addressed in the essay, as well as outlining any plans for the proposed research and beyond.

Can I apply if I don’t have a first class honours degree?

In order to be eligible to apply for a Forrest Scholarship applicants will need to have a bachelor's degree of first class honours or equivalent. If you are unsure whether your qualifications meet this requirement, contact the Forrest Research Foundation.

If I am not an Australian citizen can I apply for the Forrest Scholarship?

The Forrest Scholarship is open to domestic and international students. International students must ensure they have been offered and accepted an International Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset Scholarship or equivalent university international fee scholarship awarded by the nominated university before taking up the Forrest Scholarship.

I have started my PhD this year, can I apply for a Forrest Scholarship?

The Forrest Scholarship Conditions stipulate that in order to be eligible applicants must not have already enrolled in the proposed PhD or previously undertaken research towards a PhD or other research doctorate prior to the closing date of the Forrest Scholarship application round for which they applied.

Is preference given to applicants from specific disciplines?

No. Forrest Scholarships are open to applicants from all disciplines.

Is a Forrest Scholarship application the same as an International Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset Scholarship/ Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend application?

No. Forrest Scholarships applications are a separate scholarship and therefore a separate application needs to be completed for each. Applicants need to make sure they contact their nominated university to discuss making a PhD and RTP Scholarship application. Contact details for the different scholarships office can be found here: