Australian Government Endeavour Research Fellowships
The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are the Australian Government’s competitive, merit-based scholarships and fellowships providing opportunities for Australians to undertake study, research or professional development overseas and for overseas citizens to do the same in Australia.
The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships aim to build Australia’s reputation for excellence in the provision of education and research, support the internationalisation of the Australian higher education and research sectors and offer high-achieving individuals from overseas and Australia opportunities to increase their productivity and expertise in their field.
The objective of the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships is to provide individuals of academic merit with high-quality learning opportunities that contribute to Australia’s standing as a world-leader in education and research. The program supports Australia’s first National Strategy for International Education which sets out a 10-year plan for developing Australia’s role as a global leader in education, training and research.
All recipients will receive:
- travel allowance: $3,000 (provision to pay up to $4,500 under special circumstances)
- establishment allowance: $2,000 (fellowships) or $4,000 (scholarships)
- monthly stipend: $3,000 (paid up to the maximum category duration on a pro-rata basis)
- health insurance for the full category duration (OSHC for international recipients)
- travel insurance (excluding during program for international recipients)
- Tuition fees: Endeavour scholarship recipients will also receive tuition fees paid up to the maximum study/research duration on a pro-rata basis. Tuition includes student service and amenities fees.
Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship (international applicants only)
The Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship provides financial support for international applicants to undertake a postgraduate qualification at a Masters or PhD level either by coursework or research in any field in Australia for up to four years.
Endeavour Vocational Education and Training (VET) Scholarship (international applicants only)
The Endeavour VET Scholarship provides financial support for international applicants to undertake VET at a Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree level in any field in Australia for up to two and a half years. VET provides occupational or work-related knowledge and skills. The courses are directly related to a trade, occupation or 'vocation' in which the applicant participates. These courses exclude degree and higher level programs normally delivered by universities.
Endeavour Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship (Australian applicants only)
The Endeavour Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship marks the 60th anniversary of the accession of Her Majesty the Queen in perpetuity. It is awarded to a high achieving Australian female student who will contribute to the advancement of women’s leadership in Australia.
The Endeavour Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship provides financial support for an Australian female postgraduate or postdoctoral fellow to undertake long-term research (1-2 years) towards their Australian PhD or postdoctoral research within a participating country, in any field. The top Australian female recipient undertaking research will be offered the Endeavour Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Scholarship.
Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship (Australian applicants only)
The Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship provides financial support for Australian postgraduate students. Students can undertake long-term study or research towards their Australian qualification at Masters or PhD level, either by coursework or research, in any field. Recipients can also undertake an internship.
There are two stages to the Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship. Stage one of the scholarship is the full-time study component for up to 12 months (minimum of one semester or six months). Stage two of the scholarship is a non-mandatory internship component for up to 12 months (minimum of two months) at the completion of the study program.
A unique aspect of the Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship is the opportunity for recipients to undertake an internship (2-12 months, full time).
An internship is defined as ‘any paid or unpaid work related to the recipient’s field of study undertaken outside of their host organisation or specific research or study group’. Internships can be with a range of organisations within one of the eligible countries. There are many variations on what the internship component might look like, including a paid or unpaid position with a government agency, local company, business or non-government organisation who has, or seeks to develop links between Australia and participating countries.
It is the recipient’s responsibility to arrange and confirm their internship, however, they can request support from their home university and their support service provider. Recipients undertaking an internship will need to contact the relevant authority in the host country to determine whether they are entitled to work and to obtain information about visas. Recipients may be eligible to gain credit for the internship if it meets the course requirements. The credit should be negotiated with their course convenor.
Applicants are not required to have an internship confirmed at the time of application; however they are required to indicate their proposed host(s) and dates in their application.
Endeavour Research Fellowship (Australian and international applicants)
The Endeavour Research Fellowship provides financial support for international postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows to undertake short-term research (4-6 months) towards an overseas Masters, PhD or postdoctoral research in any field in Australia, and for Australian postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows to undertake short-term research (4-6 months) towards an Australian Masters, PhD or postdoctoral research, in any field, overseas.
The Endeavour Research Fellowship for Indigenous Australians provides financial support for Indigenous postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows to undertake short-term research (4-6 months) towards an Australian Masters, PhD or postdoctoral research in any field, overseas.
The Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowship provides financial support for postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows from participating Asian countries to undertake short-term research (4-6 months) in any field, in Australia and for Australians to do the same in participating Asian countries. The Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowship represents a unique partnership with the Australian Government to support postgraduate students and fellows from Asia and Australia to study in each other’s countries. The top five international and Australian Endeavour Research Fellowship recipients coming from and/or going to a participating country will be offered an Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowship. The eligibility requirements and application process are the same as the Endeavour Research Fellowship, therefore all eligible applicants will be considered.
The Endeavour Australia India Education Council (AIEC) Research Fellowship provides financial support for postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows from India and Australia to undertake short-term research (4-6 months) in each other’s countries. All eligible Endeavour Research Fellowship applicants proposing to travel to/from India or Australia as part of their research proposal will automatically be considered for the AIEC fellowship. Preference will be given to applicants whose research proposals most clearly align with the fellowship objectives, which include:
- progress of work and/or support for the activities of an AIEC working group in an AIEC thematic area; and/or
- support for the mobility of researchers and the fostering of links that will underpin the bilateral relationship into the future.
Two AIEC fellowships will be offered each round.
Endeavour Executive Fellowship (Australian and international applicants)
The Endeavour Executive Fellowship provides financial support towards professional development opportunities (1-4 months) for high achievers in business, industry, education or government for international and Australian applicants.
The Endeavour Executive Fellowship focuses on learning and building skills and knowledge through a host work environment in the applicant’s field or area of expertise rather than through formal enrolment in a study program.
The Endeavour Executive Fellowship is not suitable for academic research proposals (academic research proposals are more suited for an Endeavour Research Fellowship). If the proposed program contributes to or results in an applicant receiving a formal qualification, they will not be eligible to apply for this category. Applicants should not apply for an Endeavour Executive Fellowship if there is a large research component as part of their proposed program. All applicants must provide a well formulated proposal for a professional program.
Applicants must be nominated by a senior official in their host organisation which is physically located in their host country. The professional development activity must be vocationally useful while not being geared toward an immediate commercial outcome as its purpose. Professional development activities could include attending a conference or short course, management training, peer-to-peer learning or mentoring.
Key dates for the 2018 round
- April 2017 Applications for Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships open. Applicants apply through Endeavour Online
- 30 June 2017 (11.59 pm) Applications close
- July–October 2017 Applications short listed and assessed
- November 2017 Recommendations provided to the Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham
- December 2017 Successful and unsuccessful applicants receive an email regarding the outcome of their application
- December 2017 Successful recipients complete and return necessary documentation
- January-November 2018 Recipients commence their program
To be eligible to receive an Endeavour scholarship or fellowship, applicants must:
- be aged 18 years or over at the commencement of their program
- be a citizen and/or permanent resident of a participating country
- commence their proposed program after 1 January 2018 and no later than 30 November 2018. Applicants who have already commenced or will commence their intended program prior to 2018 are not eligible to apply
- provide all relevant supporting documentation
- not currently hold or have completed, after 1 January 2016, an Australian Government sponsored scholarship and/or fellowship (directly administered to recipients by the Australian Government).
- not apply for a category in which they have already completed an Endeavour scholarship or fellowship.
Selection criteria and weighting
The selection criteria for all categories of the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are the same. The following are the selection criteria and their relative weighting:
- A record of high-level academic achievement and/or relevant work experience in the applicant’s chosen field of study (40%)
- A well-defined study, research and/or professional development program (20%)
- A statement on how the international study, research or professional development opportunity would further the applicant’s academic and/or professional career (20%)
- A statement on how the international study, research or professional development opportunity will benefit Australia and the applicant’s potential to foster ongoing collaboration and cooperation with their home and host country (20%)
International applicants must:
- undertake their entire program in Australia with the exception of approved fieldwork
- be citizens and/or permanent residents of a participating country and remain so for the duration of their program
- not hold citizenship/dual citizenship or permanent residency of Australia.
Australian applicants must:
- undertake their entire program in a participating country overseas with the exception of approved fieldwork
- be citizens and/or an official permanent resident of Australia and must remain so for the duration of their program
- not undertake their program in a country where they hold citizenship/dual citizenship or permanent residency.