ARSA Travel Scholarships

Funding body: Association of Rhodes Scholars in Australia Scholarships

Status: Open

Call for Proposals

Closing date - Friday 8 November, 2013


The Association of Rhodes Scholars in Australia (ARSA) has established a Scholarship Fund for the purpose of bringing an overseas Commonwealth student to Australia to consult with leading scholars in their research area and undertake research in Australia relevant to their thesis project.

The Scholarship will enable the successful applicant to spend a period of between six and twelve months as a visiting postgraduate scholar at an Australian university, between 1 March 2014 and 28 February 2015, to undertake research towards the fulfillment of the requirements of the research higher degree for which he or she is currently enrolled.

Although the Scholarship holder will be based at one Australian university, he or she will be encouraged to visit other Australian universities to meet with academic staff and postgraduate students who share their interests.


The award is open to applicants enrolled in a research higher degree program in a Commonwealth university outside Australia and approved by the Committee administering the Scholarship.

Awards are not normally made to students who at the time of their visit to Australia will be in the first ten (10) months or final six (6) months of candidature.

Applicants must be Commonwealth citizens and may not be graduates of an Australian or New Zealand university. Current and former Rhodes Scholars are not eligible to apply.

The Scholarship is not available to support students who wish to enroll for a degree in an Australian university. Holders of the Scholarship remain enrolled in a research higher degree program at an overseas Commonwealth university.


The Scholarship will provide a grant-in-aid to a maximum of AU$20,000, inclusive of the contribution to the Scholarship holder's traveling expenses to and from Australia.

The successful Scholarship holder will normally be in receipt of a stipend from their home university for pursuit of their studies.

How to apply

Submit the application form with supporting material and referee's reports via the ARSA website by the due date. Applications should be in English, and should not be handwritten. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications must be received by 5pm, Friday 8 November, 2013 (Australian Easter Summer Time) at the following address:

Selection criteria

The successful applicant will clearly demonstrate in their application:

  • An outstanding record of achievement and qualities of leadership in academic and other areas (e.g. in cultural, sporting or community organisations and through voluntary service); and
  • The benefits of the visit to Australia to their research program
  • To scholarship in their research area at their home university, and their nation

The Selection Committee will give careful consideration to the referee's reports and to letters of support from both the proposed 'host' thesis supervisor and their Head of Department.

The Selection Committee may also have regard to an applicant's financial circumstances.


A/Prof. Ann Nicholson,, +61 3 9905 5211