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There are two main types of postgraduate qualifications awarded after graduate studies: Masters’ and Doctorates. Generally, one starts with a Masters', but in some cases transfer to do a Doctorate (often abbreviated to Ph.D., or simply PhD). Otherwise, one can pursue a Doctorate after gaining a Masters' degree.

Research doctorates are awarded after a period of academic research giving a body of original research work at a level worthy to be published in an academic journal. In the United States and some other countries, coursework at and beyond Masters’ level may also be required. Typically, the minimum time required for completion is three years, but a typical duration is four or five years – though some take even longer depending on the student, the supervisor and the subject matter.

Choosing a good subject matter for your thesis is crucially important, as is choosing your supervisor. Make sure you have a topic which is of interest both to you (or else you'll never complete it) and others (if it's too obscure, it's hard to get your work published, which you need to be deemed a success). Even more importantly, your supervisor should be respected in the area (check their reputation and publications) and you should be confident you can have a good working relationship. Check if she or he will be available, and has some other students (but not too many!). The best way is to talk to other graduate students and see what they say before accepting.

- John Magan, Ph.D.

 

Here you have a list of some universities offering research and PhD scholarships with links to the web pages and contact details to get more information:

LIST OF RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED*

COUNTRY 
UNIVERSITY
SCHOLARSHIP
FIELD OF STUDY
VALUE
CANDIDATES-
CONTACT
Australia Australian National University (ANU) International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) All - Internationals research.scholarships
@anu.edu.au
Research scholarships for international students

Physical & Mathematical Sciences; Medicine, Biology & Environment; Engineering & Computer Science; Asia & the Pacific

- Internationals drss.communications
@anu.edu.au
Australia University Western Australia (UWA)

International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS)

All - Internationals Contact details
International Research Fee Scholarships for China (China Scholarships) All - China -
Scholarships for International Research Fees (SIRFs) All - Internationals -
Australia University of Queensland, Brisbane - International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS)
- UQ Centennial Scholarship (UQ Cent)
- Graduate School International Travel Award (GSITA)
- UQ Advantage Scholarship (UQ Adv)
All - Internationals Contact & info
English Language Support English - Internationals -
China Scholarship Council & UQ PhD Scholarship All - China -
Other scholarships All - Internationals -
Australia Edith Cowan University (ECU) Connectivity of Coastal Marine Ecosystems PhD Scholarships Natural Sciences $25,000/ year plus an additional Collaborative Research Network
top-up scholarship of $5,000/ year. For international students tuition fees are covered
Internationals This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr Kathryn McMahon
Edith Cowan University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (ECU-IPRS) All AUD$25,000 / year plus tuition fees and overseas health
cover paid. Stipend (three years for Doctoral degree or up to two years for Master by Research)
Internationals Contact
Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (EIPRS) All AUD$25,000/ year plus tuition fees and overseas health
cover paid. Stipend (3 years for a Doctoral degree or up to 2 years for Master by Research)
Internationals Contact
Endeavour Postgraduate Awards DEEWR All Up to $AUD 173,500 for three years doctoral degree. Internationals Contact
Australia Griffith University Griffith International Postgraduate Research Scholarship - Tuition for a maximum of two semesters not in excess
of AUD$1,500 per semester
Canada

Scholarships

Australia University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Full list of International scholarships All - Internationals -
International Research scholarships All - Internationals Graduate Research School, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
England University of Central Lancashire, Preston School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences Scholarship
Surface modification as a means to control tooth corrosion
Tuition fees plus a maintenance grant of £13,590 UK/EU residents
researchdegrees
@uclan.ac.uk
School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences (The Jeremiah Horrocks Institute) scholarship Astrophysics - UK/EU residents
researchdegrees
@uclan.ac.uk
New Zealand Massey University Full list of research scholarships and contact details All - Internationals
Shirley Morris, Scholarship administrator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
New Zealand NZ Government NZIDRS - New Zealand Doctoral Research Scholarships All

Full tuition fees for 3 years of full-time doctoral study;
NZ$25,000/ year of living allowance; up to NZ$600 annual health insurance allowance; up to NZ$3,300 for materials,
travel & other costs.

Internationals scholarships
@educationnz.govt.nz
Doctorate students All International students pay domestic fees; dependent
children of PhD students are classified as domestic students in NZ state schools; partners of PhD students are
able to apply for an open work visa valid for the duration of the course.
Internationals -

* Please see each university webpage to see updated information and more details on scholarships.