The following information has been established to assist HDR candidates with COVID-19 related information.
COVID-19 Extension Scholarship
This extension scholarship has been made available to assist candidates that commenced prior to the pandemic that may have been significantly impacted by extreme disruption by COVID-19. Eligible candidates can apply for this extension scholarship when they are between 3 and 3.5 years (1.5 - 2 years for MPhil) full-time equivalent, of their HDR program. Candidates will have needed to document the disruption and its impact through their annual milestones. Applications are open to eligible applicants until 1 September 2022.
You can read further details on eligibility requirements, benefits, and how to apply on the COVID-19 Extension Scholarship webpage.
Emergency Financial Assistance
More information on other options for financial assistance is available at the PARSA financial support webpage.
If you need to commence your program while Offshore, you should discuss your current situation with your supervisor in the first instance. Offshore commencement of your PhD/MPhil program will be considered once your visa has been granted. There are a couple of other requirements as well, including that you provide us with a plan for the first six months of your research project. We'll also need to see that you've had regular contact with your Primary Supervisor. Most stipend scholarships will only be able to be paid to you if you have an Australian bank account.
To apply for Offshore status you will need to complete the COVID-19 HDR Offshore Commencement Form. For further information, please contact the Graduate Research Office Pre-Candidature Team (HDR.firstname.lastname@example.org).
To apply for a travel exemption from the Department of Home Affairs please see the COVID-19 and the border: Travel restrictions and exemptions webpage for more information.
Change to Offshore Status
If you are currently located offshore due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, you should complete the COVID-19 HDR Offshore Status Form to ensure your status is offshore in the Student Administration System, and that you have the appropriate support and resources available to continue your studies.