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Vice-Chancellor’s PhD Scholarships (VCPS) at RMIT University in Australia, 2016

RMIT University is offering ten Vice-Chancellor’s PhD Scholarships for Australia/ New Zealand and international students. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and research potential candidates to undertake a research doctoral degree. To be eligible for a VCPS, applicants must have completed a Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours, or have demonstrated an equivalent level of academic attainment as determined by RMIT. The duration of a Vice Chancellor’s PhD Scholarship is three years full-time. The application deadline is 31 October 2015.

Study Subject(s): Scholarships are awarded to study any courses available at the RMIT University.
Course Level: Scholarships are available for undertaking a research doctoral degree at RMIT University.
Scholarship Provider: RMIT University, Australia
Scholarship can be taken at: Australia

Eligibility: To be eligible for a VCPS, you must:
-be an Australian Citizen, New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident of Australia, or an international candidate who is commencing from 1 January 2016
-have completed a Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours, or have demonstrated an equivalent level of academic attainment as determined by RMIT
-have applied for a full-time PhD program at RMIT.
-Part-time VCPS may be approved for candidates with exceptional circumstances (e.g. for medical reasons or due to significant care commitments). Part-time scholarships are not tax exempt. Please refer to the Scholarship Guidelines for further details.
-You will be considered ineligible for a VCPS if:
-you are undertaking a Masters by research degree
-you already hold a research doctorate, or an equivalent research qualification
-you are currently undertaking a research doctorate
-you are currently receiving another equivalent award, scholarship or research related salary providing a benefit greater than 75% of the 2015 APA base rate to undertake the research degree.

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Scholarship Open for International Students: Australia/ New Zealand and international students can apply for these PhD scholarships.

Scholarship Description: The Vice-Chancellor’s PhD Scholarships (VCPS) are funded by RMIT University and are awarded to local and international candidates who are commencing from 1 January 2015 and undertaking a research doctoral degree, on the basis of academic excellence and research potential.

Number of award(s): In 2016, RMIT University will offer 10 VCPS awards.

Duration of award(s): The duration of a Vice Chancellor’s PhD Scholarship is three years full-time, with the possibility of a 6 month extension subject to satisfactory progress. This will be reduced by any periods of study undertaken towards a research degree prior to the commencement of the Award.

What does it cover? In 2015, the VCPS provided the following benefits to recipients:
-a stipend of $41,150 per annum pro rata (full-time study) which is the equivalent to the Government APA rate plus an RMIT top up of $15,000
-a research support allowance of $5,000 per annum to support research activities
-a HDR publication award of $10,000 (payable on thesis submission). Candidates must submit their thesis within three and a half years (or equivalent part-time) to be eligible for award
-a relocation allowance for the cost of relocating in order to take up their postgraduate research program, up to $515 per adult and $255 per child to a maximum of $1,540
-paid sick, maternity and parenting leave (within the limits of the Scholarship Guidelines).
-If you are a local candidate, you will also receive a government-funded Research Training Scheme (RTS) place or equivalent. An RTS place is supported with a HECS exemption for the standard duration of the course. Applicants successful in receiving an RTS place are not required to pay tuition fees for the maximum duration of their candidature.
-If you are an international candidate, you will also receive: tuition fees and student services and amenities fee (SSAF) for the duration of the scholarship the cost of an Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) policy for the standard duration of your program.

Selection Criteria: These PhD scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and research potential.

How to Apply: For information relating to scholarship opening rounds and to apply for scholarship, please refer to the instructions detailed on research scholarships.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is 31 October 2015.

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