COVID-19 Extension Scholarship


This Extension Scholarship is to provide funding for current domestic or international HDR candidates within 3 to 3.5 years of their program (full-time equivalent) who are currently in receipt of a HDR stipend scholarship funded by ANU (AGRTP, URS, ANU PhD or other equivalent ANU funded stipend) to enable them to continue their research after a period of extreme disruption to their program and research due to COVID-19 restrictions or impacts.

Extreme disruption can be demonstrated by indicating the impact on field work, experimentation and data collection that cannot be mitigated or where alternative work cannot continue while restrictions to campus access and travel continue. Extreme disruption would not include the need to re-locate activities off campus where the activities have been available to continue.  

Candidates and their supervisors should have been meeting regularly and working on strategies to mitigate the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on their research. Changes to the research program may have been needed to ensure progress towards completion of the thesis within 3.5 years (or equivalent for MPhil).  

If you have had an increase to your caring responsibilities due to periods where you have had to move off-campus, please consider using the existing leave provisions in your scholarship (such as medical/carer's leave) before proceeding with the COVID-19 Extension Scholarship application. Please check your scholarship Conditions of Award for further details of any applicable paid leave provisions noting that the AGRTP and URS stipend scholarships provide for paid leave ofup to 60 days due to medical or caring commitments which can be applied for by completing the Apply for leave eForm via ISIS MMD-HDR.

The principles underpinning this scholarship extension are: 

  1. All scholarships funded by ANU are eligible (RTP, URS, ANU, Other) for consideration 
  2. The extension will be available for extreme disruption and will be for up to a maximum of 6 months at the RTP base rate. Part-time candidates will receive their extension for up to 12 months.
  3. This provision does not include funding for scholarship top-ups. 
  4. The disruption must be documented with support from the supervisor.  
  5. The extension will be considered on application using the COVID-19 extension scholarship application form. 
  6. Funding will not be provided to extend scholarships that are already 4 years in length or greater. 

Field of study

HDR Programs (PhD and MPhil)


The Award is available to: 

  • Continuing HDR Candidates who are between 3-3.5 years (FTE) in their candidature at the time of applying for this scholarship
  • Domestic and International candidates are eligible
  • Full-time or Part-time candidates are eligible
  • Candidates must have been impacted by extreme disruptions to their research program due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Have documented the disruption and its impact through their annual milestones.
  • Must be in receipt of a stipend scholarship funded by ANU (AGRTP, URS, ANU, Other equivalent stipend scholarship)
  • This extension scholarship is intended to extend a candidates scholarship support period up to a total of four years duration only.
  • Applications are due by 1.9.2022 
  • The application must endorsed by the candidates Primary Supervisor, Delegated Authority, and Associate Dean HDR (or equivalent delegate).
  • The recipient is required to remain enrolled in the HDR program of study at the ANU for which the Award is offered.



  • Value and frequency of payment: fortnightly payments at the current AGRTP Stipend value.
  • Duration is up to a maximum total of six months (full-time); and up to 12 months duration (part-time). Note candidates may apply for up to the maximum duration however final approval may be for less than the maximum duration. Each candidates situation will be assessed on a case by case basis. 

Unpaid Leave Entitlements

  • Up to 12 months personal unpaid leave.

Paid Leave Entitlements

  • 20 working days recreational leave per annum (pro rata)
  • 10 working days medical leave per annum (pro rata)

Dependent Child Allowance for international students

  • $3,000 per annum, per child. Maximum $9,000 per annum.

How to apply

You will be able to apply for this extension scholarship when you are between 3 and 3.5 years (1.5 - 2 years for MPhil). To apply for this Award, please click on the 'Apply Now' button, and download a copy of the form to complete.

You will need to document how the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted your research - for example: travel restrictions, fieldwork, experimentation, data collection,  lab closures, campus closures, and limited access to resources.  You will need to provide an updated research project outline and timeline for completion within your current program maximum submission date. The timeline could be presented as follows (example only):

Goal Original timeline Revised timeline
Writing chapter xx    
Finalising edits    
Submission of thesis    

Applications should then be submitted to the Graduate Research Office ( to complete the approvals process.

Further information

Graduate Research Office: