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Application steps

1. Getting ready to apply

Consideration of your application can take time, so allow a minimum of 25 working days for your application to be processed.

Prior to applying, you should:

As part of USQ’s Reconciliation Action Plan, an initiative exists to promote entry into the PhD by Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants. Staff from the Graduate Research School (GRS) are available via email, phone or in person to assist with the application process.

2. Find and connect with your supervisor

Now it’s time to find and connect with your potential supervisor. Email them to introduce yourself, including a short outline (approximately 500 words) of your intended research project. 

Finally, be sure to provide a draft Preliminary Research Thesis Topic Proposal (DOC 53KB) when you contact your proposed supervisor. The proposed supervisor may ask for additional information to support your application.

3. Complete your application form

Once you have found your proposed supervisor, you will need to submit the relevant application. 

  • Higher Degree by Research Application - Australian, New Zealand Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • International Student Higher Degree by Research Application

Make sure you include the Preliminary Research Thesis Topic Proposal (DOC 53KB) along with the following supporting documents:

  • Official academic transcripts of your Bachelors, Honours or Masters academic transcripts (with grading information) and award certificates. 
  • A copy of your birth certificate or relevant pages of your passport.
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, as outlined in the English Language Proficiency Requirements Schedule.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV).

If you are an International applicant, please ensure that you provide a certified copy of these documents. 

4. Submit your application

  • Australian, New Zealand citizens or Permanent Residents
    Submit your application online
  • International students
    Submit your application online.