Human Rights Scholarship (HRS) at University of Melbourne in Australia, 2014

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Each year, the University of Melbourne offers two HRSs scholarships to students for pursuing graduate research degree in Australia. The scholarship is provided in human rights field of study. The International students can apply for this scholarship. International students must have unconditional offers. The scholarship covers living allowance, relocation grant, and thesis allowance, paid sick, maternity and parenting leave. Selection criteria include area of study, commitment to human rights over a period of time, academic excellence and supporting documentation. Applicants should be notified by the end of February. Local and international applicants must apply online by 31 October 2013.

Study Subject(s): The scholarship is provided to study in human rights.
Course Level: This scholarship is for pursuing graduate degree research level at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Scholarship Provider: University of Melbourne, Australia.
Scholarship can be taken at: Australia

Eligibility: 1. Applicants for the HRS must be able to demonstrate that their commitment to the peaceful advancement of respect for human rights extends beyond their academic studies (such as voluntary work and/or work experience).
2. A high H2A (i.e. 78-79% and above) is the minimum grade average usually required to be competitive for an HRS.
3. Applicants must have applied for, or be currently enrolled in a graduate research degree* in the human rights field at the University of Melbourne. Applicants who have commenced their graduate research degree must have at least 12 months full-time or equivalent candidature remaining *Graduate research degrees have a research component of at least 66%.
4. International students must have an unconditional course offer at the University of Melbourne for the course for which they seek the support of an HRS. See below for local and international HRS application procedures.
5. Applicants seeking an HRS to undertake a graduate research degree must normally meet the academic requirements that apply to the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or Melbourne Research Scholarship (MRS). Click here for further details about APA/MRS Eligibility.
6. HRSs are not awarded to applicants who:
-cannot provide evidence that their demonstrated commitment to human rights extends beyond their academic studies,
-have already completed a course deemed to be at the same, or higher, level for which they are seeking scholarship support and as a result of previous candidature and/or prior scholarship,
-have a maximum tenure of less than 12 months,
-have previously received an MRS, Fay Marles Scholarship (FMS) or Postgraduate Equity Scholarship (PES), or -have already been awarded or later receive another equivalent award, scholarship or salary for the studies for which they seek an HRS. An “equivalent” award is regarded as one greater than 75% of the base HRS rate (75% of the base 2011 HRS rate = $19,500).

Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: The International students can apply for this scholarship.

Scholarship Description: The Human Rights Scholarship is awarded to local or international applicants wishing to undertake graduate research studies at the University in the human rights field and who are able to demonstrate their commitment to the peaceful advancement of respect for human rights.

Number of awards: Each year the University of Melbourne offers 2 HRSs to applicants wishing to undertake a graduate research degree at the University of Melbourne.

Duration of award(s): University of MelbourneLimited to the standard duration of the masters by research course. An extension of the scholarship is only possible if course tenure is extended. Scholarships can be held for a maximum of 2 years.

What does it cover? Human Rights International Scholarship benefits include:
•a living allowance of $28,000 per annum (2013 rate)
•a Relocation Grant of $2,000 awarded to students who are moving from interstate in order to study at the University of Melbourne or $3,000 awarded to those who are moving from overseas
•Thesis Allowance of up to $420 (2013 rate) for masters by research and up to $840 (2013 rate) for PhD and other doctorate by research candidates, and
•paid sick, maternity and parenting leave. Fees Please note that the HRS do not cover international graduate research degree course fees. Local graduate research degree HRS recipients do not charge course fees as they are allocated a Research Training Scheme (RTS) place. RTS places exempt students from the Higher Education Contribution (HECS) Scheme. Time limits and other conditions apply to RTS places. For further information please contact the Melbourne School of Graduate Research (PhD, MSc, MPhil, MIS and MOptom students) or your faculty office (all other students).

Selection Criteria: Selection of the HRS is based on four main criteria: area of study, evidence of commitment to human rights over a period of time, academic merit and strength of supporting documentation.

Notification: The HRS selection meeting will take place in February 2013. Applicants will be advised via email by the end of February of the outcome of their HRS application.

How to Apply: Apply for scholarship online via the Student Portal.

Step 1: Submit candidature/admission and scholarship application. Local applicants: Local applicants should visit ‘How to Apply (local)’ for application information. International applicants : If you are an international applicant visit ‘How to apply (international)’ for application information. International students wishing to apply for the HRS must: apply for admission (if not already currently enrolled in the course for which you seek an HRS) and have an unconditional offer of admission for which the scholarship is sought by 31 December 2013. Information about how to apply for admission to the University of Melbourne is available here.
Step 2: Complete an HRS coversheet with supporting documentation : In addition all applicants (local and international) must complete and submit an HRS document coversheet

Scholarship Application Deadline: Local applicants Local applicants should visit ‘How to Apply (local)’ for application information. Applications should submit by 31 October 2013. International applicants If you are an international applicant visit ‘How to apply (international)’ for application information.
International students wishing to apply for the HRS must: apply for admission (if not already currently enrolled in the course for which you seek an HRS) and have an unconditional offer of admission for which the scholarship is sought by 31 December 2013.

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