The University of Newcastle, Australia

FAQ - VCs HDR Training Scholarships

These Frequently Asked Questions have been compiled to assist supervisors, Faculty Selection Committees, potential nominees and applicants with common queries regarding the VC's HDR Training Scholarships  scheme.

Please refer to the Vice-Chancellor's Higher Degree by Research Training Scholarships Guidelines for comprehensive information regarding the nomination, selection and award process for the Second Round.

If you have a query that isn't answered on this page or in the Guidelines, please email

  1. As a UON academic I wish to nominate a prospective applicant for a scholarship under this scheme, where may I find the nomination form?
    1. The nomination form is available online.
  2. Current UON HDR candidates are ineligible to apply for this scholarship scheme, does this include applicants who have accepted an offer of admission but have not yet enrolled?
    1. Any prospective candidate who is not enrolled in a HDR program at UON or another institution is eligible for consideration. This includes those who currently have an admission application under consideration, as well as those who have accepted an offer of admission but are not yet enrolled. Please note that applicants awarded a VC's HDR Training Scholarship in the second round may not enrol until after 31 October, 2019 and must commence by 30 June 2020.
  3. Should nominators assess the eligibility of their nominee before making their nomination?
    1. Yes, nominators are advised to check their preferred nominee's eligibility against the standard HDR admissions criteria. As shortlisted nominees invited to submit a formal application will also be assessed against the HDR Scholarship criteria, as described in the Section 7 of the Guidelines, supervisors may wish to also look at these other criteria (e.g., publications; research experience) when selecting a nominee.
  4. Are there any restrictions on which HDR supervisors are eligible to nominate a potential applicant for this scheme?
    1. The are two main restrictions applied as part of this scheme are, firstly, that any supervisor can only be the Principal Supervisor for one Vice-Chancellor’s HDR Training Scholarship recipient and, secondly, if an academic’s nominee is successful in the first round of scholarships, that academic will not be eligible to submit a nomination in the second round. The supervisory requirements stated in Clause 71 of the Code of Practice for Higher Degree by Research Candidature also apply.
  5. Is an applicant who is unsuccessful in the First Round eligible for consideration in the Second Round?
    1. Yes, there is no restriction on the nominee/applicant being nominated again.
  6. As part of the Academic Career Preparation (ACP) pathway, will successful candidates be required to undertake teaching activities?
    1. As stated in the Guidelines, the ACP associated with this scholarship scheme is intended a learning and development opportunity for the scholarship recipient and allows for a tailored experience for each candidate. It will include working closely with UON academic staff to develop a portfolio of academic experiences – this may include opportunities to develop competencies in conducting tutorials, lab demonstrations, effective educator practice, assessment design, and the use of transformative technologies. Students will be expected to do 50 hours of teaching activity each year (as defined in the relevant school workload model) in each of the second and third years. These scholarships have been designed for applicants who aspire to an academic career. Successful completion of the ACP and their PhD candidature, will be formally recognised by the Vice-Chancellor and acknowledged on the candidate’s Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement.
  7. What is the selection criteria to be applied for shortlisting nominees?
    1. As stated in the Faculty Selection Committee Terms of Reference, the Committees will utilise the Vice-Chancellor’s HDR Training Scholarship Academic Career Preparation Scoring form in addition to standard Faculty assessment processes in order to determine its shortlist of recommended nominations. The Academic Career Preparation form will be distributed to the Committees and is to be used to score the nominee's submissions in their Statement of Intent.