3. Find a supervisor

A supervisor is an academic staff member from the University of South Australia who will work with you throughout your research degree. 

It is preferable that you nominate a supervisor when completing your application, although you can submit your application without doing so. If you're applying for a major scholarship including the scholarships RTPi and UPS for international applicants, and the scholarships RTPd and USAPA for domestic applicants we strongly recommend you nominate a supervisor prior to the closing date.

Applications submitted for a major round scholarship without a supervisor may not progress for consideration.

It is important that you do not nominate a supervisor unless they have agreed, in principle, to supervise your research. Your nominated supervisor must be a current UniSA academic staff member. Note that finding a supervisor is one of the first steps in applying for a research degree, and does not guarantee that you will be offered a place, or that you will be offered a scholarship.

Finding a supervisor

Applicants should initially review the research topics and projects page for a list of prearranged topics and supervisors.

Ensure that you have fully investigated the areas of research available at the University before you start your search for a supervisor. Once you have done this use the UniSA Find a Supervisor tool below to search for appropriate supervisors. Simply type in a word or two which relates to your proposed research topic/field in the search field.

By doing this you will see a number of academic staff within the University that match your area of research. If you click on the name of the academic this will take you to their home page which includes information related to their area of research/teaching along with their contact details.

Search tips

Find a supervisor

Applicants for research professional doctorates must contact the program director before completing their application.

Finding a supervisor hints and tips

  1. Remember to be professional and courteous when contacting supervisors, think of your email as you would a professional covering letter
  2. Your email should be concise, but should clearly explain to the academic why you think they would be appropriate to supervise your research and why they should consider supervising you
  3. Consider including your transcript(s) and resume
  4. Consider contacting a UniSA academic that you've worked with in the past, or whose research you have read
  5. Remember to read the information the academic staff member has provided on their staff profile
  6. If you are having difficulties in locating an appropriate supervisor consider contacting the local Research Education Portfolio Leader (REPL)  

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