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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD Scholarships frequently asked questions

How to apply

  1. Who can apply for an Advance Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD Scholarship?

    The applicant must be a Queensland-based organisation that hosts the scholar.

  2. What is the closing date for applications?

    Applications for the Advance Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD Scholarships are open continuously until the funding pool is exhausted.

  3. Where can more information about the Queensland Science and Research Priorities be found?

    More information on the Queensland Science and Research Priorities can be found on the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist website (under Strategy and Priorities).

  4. Will an application for an Advance Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD Scholarship be considered if it does not address a Queensland Science and Research Priority?

    The application must:

  5. Should the nominated Scholar’s curriculum vitae (CV) or resume be submitted with the application?

    No. The nominated Scholar’s CV/resume is not required, as all of the necessary information is provided as part of the application process. 

Available funding

  1. How much funding is available per Scholarship?

    Advance Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD Scholarships are full scholarships valued at $117,500 over three years. An additional $2,500 is payable if the PhD thesis is submitted within 3.5 years of commencement. This funding is tax exempt if the applicant organisation is a university. 

    Non-university applicant organisations should seek an Australian Tax Office ruling on the associated tax implications. 

  2. How is the Advance Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD Scholarship funding paid?

    The scholarship funding is paid to the applicant organisation (typically the Scholar’s university).

  3. What are the Advance Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD Scholarships payment instalments?

    There are five payment instalments:

    1. $40,000 upon execution of the Financial Incentive Agreement.
    2. $40,000 upon the submission of a satisfactory first progress report - one year after the commencement date.
    3. $35,000 upon the submission of a satisfactory second progress report - two years after the commencement date.
    4. $2,500 upon the submission of a satisfactory final report - three years after the commencement date.
    5. $2,500 (optional) upon the submission of the PhD thesis for examination – three years and six months after the commencement date.

Eligibility – applicant organisations

  1. Which organisations can apply for Advance Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD Scholarships?

    The applicant organisation must be a Queensland-based agency that has an Australian Business Number and is registered for GST. This includes universities, research agencies, government organisations, not-for-profit organisations and businesses. There can be only one applicant organisation for an individual scholarship project.

  2. Can a business/company apply for an Advance Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD Scholarship?

    Yes, provided they satisfy the eligibility conditions. This includes the requirement for the Scholar to spend at least 50 per cent of their scholarship time physically located with a Queensland-based industry/end-user organisation. In some instances the Queensland based industry/end-user organisation may be the applicant organisation.

Eligibility – partner organisations

  1. How many collaborative partners are required to secure a Scholarship?

    One industry/end-user partner organisation is required.

  2. What is an industry/end-user organisation?

    An industry/end-user organisation is the relevant private, public or not-for-profit organisation that will progress the translation and practical application of the research.  Examples include:

    • a small mining equipment company and/or a major resources company interested in applying a new technology
    • a medical device company and/or a hospital keen to use a new device
    • the health department wishing to support the development of a generic technology.
  3. Why are Scholars required to spend time physically co-located with at least one Queensland-based industry/end-user organisation?

    Co-location with at least one Queensland-based industry/end-user organisation is required to build relationships; help develop ‘industry savvy’ researchers; focus attention on real-time problem solving; and assist in decreasing the ‘loss in translation’ challenge currently facing Australian research.

  4. Does the 50 per cent co-location requirement apply if the industry/end-user partner is located a long way from the Scholar’s work place?

    A co-location concession is possible if the nominated Scholar cannot spend 50 per cent of their scholarship time physically co-located with a Queensland-based industry/end-user partner due to geographical separation. For example, geographical separation may be claimed if the Scholar is in Townsville and the industry/end-user partner is in Brisbane. If this situation applies, the application must outline (under the Partner Organisations section):

    • the case for geographical separation
    • the amount of time that the Scholar will be physically co-located with Queensland-based industry/end-user partner(s); and
    • what the Scholar will do to ensure meaningful and regular interaction with the industry/end-user partner(s). 

    In cases of geographical separation, Scholars must spend at least 25 per cent of their Scholarship time physically co-located with one or more Queensland-based industry/end-user organisations.

  5. What if the industry/end-user partner cannot physically host the Scholar for 50 per cent of the Scholar’s scholarship time? 

    To be eligible for an Advance Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD Scholarship the Scholar must spend a minimum 50 per cent of their Scholarship time physically co-located with one or more Queensland-based industry/end-user organisations. The only exception is geographical separation.

  6. Can the industry/end-user partner be based outside of Queensland?

    Physical co-location is required with Queensland-based industry/end-user organisations. However, the scholarship project can also involve additional collaboration with industry/end-user partners based overseas or interstate.

  7. Can a government agency be classified as an industry/end-user organisation?

    Yes, depending on the project. For example, Queensland Health may be regarded as an industry/end-user agency if the Scholarship involves time in a hospital to conduct clinical research. Similarly, the Department of Transport and Main Roads may be regarded as an industry/end-user agency if the Scholarship involves research on road safety or road construction, and the researcher is physically co-located with the government agency for at least 50 per cent of their Scholarship time.

Eligibility – the candidate Scholar

  1. How much time must the Scholar spend on the Advance Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strail Islander PhD Scholarship?

    The Scholar must be enrolled in a full-time PhD research program.

  2. Can a Scholar who has already commenced their PhD receive an Advance Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD Scholarship?

    The scholarship project must be a new project commencing after the submission of the application, or the project must have commenced no more than two months prior to submitting the application.

  3. Can interstate or overseas based researchers apply for an Advance Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD Scholarship?

    Yes, provided all of the eligibility criteria are met, and the researcher relocates to Queensland to undertake the scholarship. Scholars must be based in a Queensland agency.

  4. When is evidence of residency required?

    Evidence of residency is required if the nominated Scholar is not an Australian citizen, and does not have Australian residency at the time they submit the application. Residency must be secured within six months of being notified of success in securing a scholarship. The scholarship cannot commence until residency is secured.

  5. Is a 457 visa suitable for satisfying the residency requirements?

    Yes, as long as it covers the full period of the proposed scholarship.

Conditions of the award

  1. When can the Advance Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD Scholarship project commence?

    The project must commence after the application has been submitted, and within six months of notification of the award. Please provide an estimated commencement date in the application form, and the actual commencement date will be confirmed if the application is successful.

  2. What can the Advance Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD Scholarship funding be used for?

    The funding can be used to support the Scholar and the PhD project, and can include: living expenses, project consumables and operating costs, small equipment, and PhD related travel.

  3. Is a scholarship transferable to another researcher?

    No. Advance Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD Scholarships are awarded to develop the careers of specific individuals, and are not transferable.

  4. Is an Advance Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD Scholarship transferrable to another recipient agency, e.g. another university?

    Yes, but only if there are no changes to the original scholarship, and all eligibility conditions continue to be met. 

  5. What is a Financial Incentive Agreement?

    The Financial Incentive Agreement (FIA) is the legally binding document that outlines the conditions of the Advance Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD Scholarship, including the payment schedule and the reporting requirements. The FIA is comprised of the Advance Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD Scholarships application, the Advance Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD Scholarships Financial Incentive Agreement Terms and Conditions, and the Advance Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD Scholarships guidelines. The applicant organisation automatically signs the FIA by submitting a signed declaration page with the application form, but the FIA is not finalised until the DSITI representative signs the FIA execution page.

  6. Are the Terms and Conditions negotiable?

    No. The applicant organisation will be bound by the Terms and Conditions (available on the Advance Queensland website when the program opened).

    Applicants must ensure that they have read, understand, and accept the Terms and Conditions prior to commencing an application for funding, as they will not be negotiated if a funding offer is made. 

  7. Is there an obligation for the applicant organisation and Scholar to acknowledge the Queensland Government’s support?

    Yes. Following the announcement of the award applicants and Scholars will be expected to actively promote the research, and to provide information and attend media/promotion events if requested.

    The Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD Scholarship funding must be acknowledged in all relevant published material, media releases and public statements.

  8. When can scholarship recipients openly discuss their awards?

    The Advance Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD Scholarship award must be kept confidential until it is announced by the Queensland Government, that is, no media statements or public announcements. The Scholars will be able to publicly discuss and promote their scholarships after they have been announced by the Queensland Government.

  9. Will feedback be provided to unsuccessful applicants?

    Yes. Feedback will be provided to the Applicant Organisation, but will not be provided to individual researchers.

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Last updated
2 May, 2017

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