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Frequently asked questions GRS

Applying to UOW

How do I apply to study at UOW?
Applying online to study at UOW is quick, easy and secure! Apply now!

Where can I get information about visas?
All student visa applications are managed directly by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

I’m transferring from a different university in Australia do I need to apply to study at UOW?
Yes, you will need to apply to study at UOW via the online application.

How do I defer my offer of admission?
You will need to contact the Future Students Team by email at future-students@uow.edu.au or phone 4221 3218.

 


International and Domestic Postgraduate Tuition Awards and Fee Offsets

The following arrangements apply to all higher degree by research students commencing in 2020 onwards.

International Postgraduate Tuition Awards for international HDR students:

  1. The duration of a full course International Postgraduate Tuition Award (IPTA) aligns with the standard course duration of the HDR program. The maximum term for all new full course IPTAs is:
  2. Masters by Research – 2 years full time or 4 years part time
  3. Doctorate by Research – 4 years full time or 8 years part time
  4. Eligible students can apply for Sessional IPTAs in two rounds each year
  5. Students are eligible to receive a Sessional IPTA for a maximum of one session only
  6. For students with existing International Postgraduate Tuition Awards (IPTA) please refer to your original scholarship offer letter as the duration advised in your offer letter will remain unchanged.  

 Research Training Program (RTP) fee offsets for domestic HDR students:

  1. The duration of a Research Training Program (RTP) Fee Offset aligns with the standard course duration of the HDR program. The maximum term for the RTP Fee offset is: 
  2. Masters by Research – 2 years full time or 4 years part time 
  3. Doctorate by Research – 4 years full time or 8 years part time 
  4. Eligible students can apply for a Domestic Postgraduate Tuition Award (DPTA) in two rounds each year
  5. Students are eligible to receive a DPTA for a maximum of one session only

Sessional IPTAs and DPTAs

A sessional IPTA or DPTA (4.0 to 4.5 EFTSL in duration) may be awarded to applicants who meet the qualifying criteria and who are jointly approved by the Associate Dean Graduate Research and the Dean of Research. 

Any application for an IPTA or DPTA for a period longer than 4.5 EFTSL must be approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and the Dean of Research. 

I am a current student completing my thesis and reaching the four year limit. What happens if I go over time?

The new arrangements apply to NEW students commencing in 2020. The old arrangements apply to all current students who enrolled before 2020, i.e. tuition fees are applicable to continuing Doctoral students with EFTSL greater than 4.5 years and Masters by research students with EFTSL greater than 2.5 years.

Can I apply for a sessional IPTA or DPTA?

All currently enrolled students (pre-2020) are eligible to apply for a sessional IPTA or DPTA as per the previous arrangements.


Scholarships

What kind of scholarships does UOW provide?
For domestic scholarship opportunities 

For international scholarship opportunities 

How do I apply for a scholarship?
You will need to apply for the main round scholarships as part of the online application process to apply to study at UOW.

For the other scholarship opportunities listed on our website you will need to read the information and follow the steps to apply as these may be vary.

For more information on scholarship applications

What is the referee report process?

During the online application you will be provided a link to the report to send to your nominated referees, it is your responsibility to send this report and request your referees to complete it for you. As noted within the application, the University will not request reports on your behalf. Applicants must confirm with the Graduate Research School by phone or email that two reports have been received. Applicants without two complete reports will not be considered for a scholarship.

Referees' email addresses must be verifiable and originating from official university, government or professional sites (e.g. .edu, .gov, .ac). Reports from yahoo, gmail, google or hotmail type accounts will not be accepted. Please be advised that the referees may be contacted during the verification process of your application.

How do I defer my scholarship offer?
You will need to send an email to the Graduate Research School at graduate-research-school@uow.edu.au.

When do I find out if my scholarship application was successful?
All applicants will be notified via email of scholarship application outcomes by mid-December for commencement in the following year.


Getting started

When do I need to arrive at UOW by?
All new commencing students please click here for information regarding the enrolment process for new HDR students.

What if I can’t make it by that time?
You will need to contact the Future Students Team by email at future-students@uow.edu.au or phone 4221 3218 to defer your offer to commence in the next session.

Do I need to attend orientation?
Yes, all new students must attend orientation to gain important information about their degree and research.


Annual progress reports

Purpose of Annual Progress Report (APR)

The Annual Progress Report is the means by which the University assesses whether the student candidature will continue into the following year.  Written reports from students and their supervisors are an important and formal means to monitor research student progress.

  • Each report should be a frank appraisal of the student's progress by both the supervisor and the student.
  • The annual report is the means by which the University assesses whether the candidature will continue into the following year.
  • The Progress Report form will also provide an opportunity for you to check and update if necessary the details pertaining to your full-time/part-time status, your thesis title, and your supervisor.

One warning rule:

HDR Students who do not complete section 1 or 3 of the APR by the due dates noted below  will be given one written warning. Those students who have not completed Section 1 or 3 by due date will have their candidature discontinued. Re-enrolment once discontinued, may only be possible by submitting a new application for admission through the online application process. Approval for admission in these cases will be at the Faculty’s discretion.

Students are responsible for checking if their APR has been submitted by the due dates. If your supervisor has not submitted Section 2 for your review please contact them BEFORE the due date. If  your supervisor is unavailable/unable to be contacted please advise GRS IMMEDIATELY.


Directions on filling in Annual Progress Report

An Annual Progress Report will be made available online each year via SOLS. This report needs to be completed on-line by both yourself and your supervisor.

Please note:  Students who are currently on Leave of Absence are still expected to complete an APR.  It is important for students who have been on leave to establish a research plan for the coming year.

The Head of Postgraduate Studies and the Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty also need to approve the APR before it is returned to the Research Student Centre.  HDR Students will NOT be re-enrolled without a completed APR.  


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