Australian International Student Scholarships - Postgraduate

The University of Adelaide offers a scholarships scheme for international students undertaking postgraduate coursework study. The selection for these scholarships is extremely competitive.

The Adelaide Postgraduate Coursework Scholarships International (APCS)

Up to six scholarships may be available to outstanding international students from any country to undertake a postgraduate degree by coursework in any academic discipline. Benefits are payment of 50% tuition fees for up to two years.


  • For students seeking a scholarship for postgraduate coursework study commencing in 2010, a separate application process for scholarships will be required.
  • The scholarship application process will require completion of an online form that will be available on this website on Monday 12 October 2009.
  • Applicants will be required to have already received a current unconditional offer of admission to the University of Adelaide to be considered for a scholarship.
  • Students with a conditional offer of admission must have demonstrated that they meet all the conditions of their offer, and have received acknowledgement from the International Office that their offer isunconditional, before lodging an application for a scholarship.
  • For further information about international postgraduate coursework scholarships and programs, please contact one of the University of Adelaide's International Representatives.


Students will be able to apply for an undergraduate scholarship between Monday 12 October 2009 and Saturday 31 October 2009. A link to the online form will be made available on this page on Monday 12 October 2009.
Please remember that to be considered for a scholarship for 2010 entry, you must have an unconditional offer from the University of Adelaide for entry into an academic program for 2010 at the time of application for the scholarship. It is therefore recommended that you apply to study at the University several weeks before the closing date for scholarship applications (Saturday 31 October 2009).

Academic eligibility

Guide to minumum academic eligibility criteria for all University of Adelaide postgraduate coursework scholarships

Adelaide Postgraduate Coursework Scholarship Conditions

Eligibility conditions

  1. The Adelaide Postgraduate Coursework Scholarship (APCS) covers 50% of the tuition fee costs of a postgraduate coursework program for a maximum of two years.
  2. Scholarships will be awarded strictly on academic merit. Extra-curricular achievements will not be considered.
  3. Citizens and Permanent Residents of Australia, and citizens of New Zealand are ineligible for any of the above scholarships.
  4. Candidates who have applied for Australian permanent resident status are ineligible to apply. 

Enrolment Conditions

  1. Scholarship holders must commence study at The University of Adelaide in 2010. By negotiation, an applicant offered a scholarship scheduled to commence in Semester I, 2010 may defer until Semester II, 2010 if there is a Semester II commencement of their chosen program of study. If the applicant is not able to commence in Semester II the scholarship offer will lapse and will not be available to the applicant in 2011.
  2. Candidates are required to enrol in The University of Adelaide as ‘international students’ and must maintain ‘international student’ status for the duration of their enrolment in the University. The scholarship will be terminated if a student changes their residency status.
  3. Scholarship holders are expected to enrol in a full time load. A scholarship holder who is considering reducing his/her enrolment load must first consult with staff in the International Student Centre. International students are expected to complete their programs within the duration specified on their visa. The University may only extend the duration of study under compassionate or compelling circumstances.
  4. Postgraduate Coursework Scholarships are available for up to a maximum of two years, subject to satisfactory academic progress. The University reserves the right to terminate scholarships of students who do not maintain satisfactory academic progress. Satisfactory academic progress is defined as the achievement of a GPA (Grade Point Average) of 5 out of 7.
  5. Where a student fails, or withdraws from courses in a given semester (or equivalent teaching period) such that the semester GPA (Grade Point Average) is less than 5.0 in two consecutive semesters, the student will be deemed to have failed to maintain satisfactory academic progress and the scholarship will be terminated unless the University is satisfied that exceptional circumstances exist.
  6. If a student faces exceptional circumstances requiring him or her to return home, he/she may apply for a one year deferment of enrolment without loss of scholarship, provided this is approved under the student visa requirements.
  7. In order to make a case for exceptional circumstances, a student will need to provide a detailed statement and independent supporting documentation e.g. a doctor’s certificate etc.
  8. If a scholarship holder enrols in more than the standard load of 24 units per year, or in courses which increase the tuition fee beyond what is indicated in the scholarship offer letter, or enrols in courses at another institution, he or she shall be responsible for the payment of the additional tuition fees.
  9. Students who complete a three-year degree may apply for an additional year, in an Honours program, but extension of the scholarship for the fourth year is subject to the decision of the relevant faculty.
  10. Postgraduate students awarded a scholarship for a one year program for which there is a one and a half or a two year alternative program may apply for the scholarship to be extended, but the extension of the scholarship is subject to the decision of the relevant Faculty. Examples of such an extension would be an upgrade from a Graduate Diploma to a Masters program, or a change from a Master of Commerce (Accounting) to a Master of Accounting and Finance program.
  11. The scholarship covers 50% of the tuition fee cost of a program for the duration indicated in the scholarship award letter for study at the University of Adelaide. The scholarship does not cover the cost of visas, Overseas Student Health Cover, travel, accommodation, living expenses, books, study materials or any other expenses associated with living in Adelaide or studying at the University of Adelaide.
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