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    Research Fields

    Research Fields

    Applications are sought from outstanding doctoral scholars in all disciplines.

    Applicants who wish to study in the fields represented by strong research groups at Western Australian universities are particularly encouraged to apply. As measured by the 2012 Australian Government research ranking exercise, Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), these teams are working in:

    • Chemical Sciences
    • Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
    • Medical and Health Sciences
    • Nursing
    • Biological Sciences
    • Engineering
    • Environmental Sciences
    • Physical Sciences
    • Economics
    • Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
    • Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
    • Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
    • Language, Communication and Culture
    • History and Archaeology
    • Technology

    Applicants are encouraged to contact their potential supervisors before submitting their application.

    Please read the Scholarship Conditions before applying.

    Requirements

    Requirements

    Forrest Research Foundation Scholarships are available for outstanding international and Australian students who wish to study towards a PhD at one of the following Western Australian universities:

    • Curtin University
    • Edith Cowan University
    • Murdoch University
    • Notre Dame University (Fremantle Campus)
    • The University of Western Australia

    Applicants must have applied for enrolment in a PhD at one of the universities listed above but not have already enrolled or previously undertaken research towards a PhD or other research doctorate.

    An applicant must have a bachelor’s degree of First Class Honours standard or equivalent.

    Applicants must be willing to reside with other Forrest Scholars (exemptions may be considered in special circumstances in accordance with the Scholarship Conditions).

    Selection Criteria

    Selection Criteria

    Scholars will be selected from international and Australian applicants who demonstrate an outstanding academic ability to undertake research work with the potential to change the world we live in.

    Applications will be assessed on the basis of each applicant's:

    • academic achievements (with a bachelor's degree of First Class Honours standard or equivalent)
    • exceptional ability, resourcefulness and originality
    • potential to make a positive difference to the world
    • demonstration of how the award would help build world-class innovation and research capacity in Western Australia

    The selection of successful applicants is undertaken by the Selection Committee, which comprises eminent people from the research and broader communities.

    Please read the Scholarship Conditions before applying.

    Benefits

    Benefits

    All Forrest Scholars will receive a scholarship package worth over AUD $45,000 which includes:

    • an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or equivalent university postgraduate research scholarship stipend valued at $26,288 per annum in 2016 and indexed annually
    • an accommodation allowance valued at $19,716 in 2016 and indexed annually
    • a relocation and research travel allowance of $13,000

    International Forrest Scholars will also receive an international Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) or equivalent university international fee scholarship that covers the full international tuition fees and overseas student health cover.

    Domestic Forrest Scholars will be granted exemption from the requirement to pay tuition fees for the duration of the scholarship.

    The basics

    The Basics

    Applications for Round 2 2017 PhD Scholarships open 1 April 2017 and close midnight 31 May 2017. Subscribe to our enewsletter to stay up to date with the application round information.

    Forrest Scholarships are open to international and domestic students intending on enrolling in a PhD at a Western Australian university.

    A completed application must have the following:

    • Completed Application Form
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Copies of all academic transcripts
    • Contact details for four referees (two academic and two personal)
    • Copies of birth certificate or passport
    • Proof of English language proficiency
    • Passport-sized photograph
    • Short essay of no more than 1000 words which provides an explanation of the applicant's desire to study at their nominated university, the plan of study, details of the research group, intended supervisors and future careers plans. It must also address the selection criteria regarding the applicants:
      1. academic achievements (with a bachelor's degree of First Class Honours standard or equivalent)
      2. exceptional ability, resourcefulness and originality
      3. potential to make a positive difference to the world
      4. demonstration of how the award would help build world-class innovation and research capacity in Western Australia

    Interviews will take place on Friday 2 December 2016 at The University of Western Australia. Applicants must be available to travel to Perth if they progress to the final interview stage. The Foundation will cover the reasonable expenses of interviewees.

    Please read the Scholarship Conditions before applying.