Process description at the UWA Node
The ICRAR UWA node has a two-step process for selecting which students ICRAR/UWA will support for a scholarship.
For the first step we solicit candidates to submit an Expression of Interest (EoI), which must include their basic details, i.e. education, career history, research interests and reference letters (to be sent by the referees by the EoI deadline). Applicants should identify a project and potential supervisor (note that these do not need to be final decisions; they can be revised later in the application process or even early on during doctoral studies). The deadline for the EoI is usually 1.5 month before the UWA formal deadline.
The ICRAR UWA PhD selection panel ranks the applications; shortlisted applicants are interviewed (usually via skype), and successful candidates are then supported through the formal UWA application process. The full application is the second step, which begins by registering and logging into iATHENA. We expect that through this process we should be able to grant one or two new scholarships per round to the top applicants.
The EoI is usually advertised on the AAS Job register ~2-3 months before the UWA formal deadline (see the current AAS advertisement ). Potential applicants are encouraged to start looking for a potential supervisor and seek his/her support (see project examples and contact information. This usually involves sending potential supervisors a copy of your CV and have an informal Skype chat.
Please check important dates for scholarship applications in 2018 at UWA.
Please check Detailed Instructions for completing the online iATHENA application form.
Tips for Scholarship Applications at the UWA node
- All scholarships are extremely competitive. Applicants with exceptional academic records (ie: >80%), research experience and/or training, together with peer reviewed research articles are considered competitive.
- Answer all questions in a well written and formatted style fit for purpose – refrain from copy and paste text from other sources. UWA receives hundreds of scholarship applications, if you want yours to stand out, you need to pay attention to detail, treat it like a job application.
- Attach all requested documentation and provide evidence to support any stated claim in regard to academic awards/prizes, or work experience by providing certificates or letters from employers.
- Your thesis and/or published works will be read by your potential academic supervisor and a reviewer, therefore make sure it is readable. If not in English, you may consider providing more than just an abstract in English.
- Make sure all attachments are legible and in PDF format. Photos of documentation taken by a phone are not easy to read.
- Do not leave it until the closing date to submit the application. As per the instructions, you will have to post via mail, hard-copy versions of some documents to UWA by the stated deadline.
- Successful scholarship applicants are expected to take up the scholarship, full-time within a few months of the scholarship closing date. If you are unable to meet this time commitment, you should consider applying in the next round. Note: external/distance, off-campus and part-time enrolments are not permitted for scholarship holders.