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How to Apply

The online HDR Application Portal is now live! Paper-based applications for Higher Degree by Research courses will no longer be accepted.

Applying online for a University of Canberra Higher Degree by Research course has four steps.

Step 1 – Click on the HDR Application Portal and create an account.

Step 2 – Check your eligibility to apply for a Higher Degree by Research using the Eligibility Calculator.

Step 3 – Complete an Expression of Interest (EOI). The Faculty will review and provide feedback to you. You may be invited by the Faculty to submit a full application (an EOI must be approved before you are invited by the Faculty to submit a full application).

Step 4 – If invited, log back into the HDR Application Portal and submit a full Application.

Questions about the HDR Application Portal?

Important Dates for Applications

Applications for admission only, (without scholarship) into HDR courses for:

  • Semester 2, 2021 (to commence in August), will close on 31 May 2021, at 11.59pm AEST.  Late semester 2, 2021 applications will be processed for admission for Semester 1, 2022.
  • Semester 1, 2022 (to commence in February), will close on 30 November 2021 at 11:59pm ADST.

To ensure a smooth process, it is strongly recommended that you submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) through the HDR Application Portal at least three weeks prior to the advertised closing date for submitting full applications. It is not possible to submit a full application for admission without first being invited to apply by the Faculty, via the EOI process.

Scholarship Closing Dates

If you are applying for a Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship (as a new or current HDR candidate) you must submit your application via the HDR Application Portal for:

  • Semester 2, 2021 by 11:59pm AEST, 30 April 2021.
  • Semester 1, 2022 by 11:59pm AEST, 30 September 2021.

For further information refer to Research Scholarships.

Virtual 'drop in' sessions

The HDR Support Team is available for virtual ‘drop-in’ in MS Teams for prospective HDR applicants, and our HDR candidates and supervisors.

If you have any questions or need advice, just join one of the sessions below.

Session information:

DateTime Meeting link
Every Monday from 8/11/21 to 20/12/21 1pm - 2pm Click here to join the meeting
Every Thursday from 11/11/21 to 23/12/21 11am - 12pm Click here to join the meeting