UniSA Completion Scholarships enable research degree students in the final stages of writing their thesis to spend uninterrupted time (up to six months) to complete the thesis.

These scholarships are highly competitive, and limited numbers are available. 

Applications must be submitted to SAS by the closing date.

Purpose of the scholarship

Completion scholarships provide funding of up to six months living allowance*. They are directed primarily towards research degree students who are enrolled part-time.

Generally, the panel will not consider applications from research degree students who have previously held a scholarship such as an Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship, USAPA, or similar. Only if there are exceptional or extenuating circumstances will consideration be given to allocating completion scholarships to prior scholarship holders.

As an alternative to a living allowance, international students may prefer to have their tuition fees paid for one semester.

Are you eligible?

Research degree students must:

  • currently be enrolled at UniSA in either a doctoral degree by research or a master of research
  • have completed their data collection or equivalent
  • be in the writing-up stage
  • be within their candidature time


  • if part-time, or working, provide evidence that time release is available to work on the writing-up on a full-time basis
  • not hold a living allowance scholarship 
  • not be a continuing UniSA academic staff member.

Duration and value of the scholarship

Up to a maximum of six months. Preference may be given to applications for periods of less than six months. The stipend is paid at the Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend rate.

How to apply

First, check that you are eligible.

Completion Scholarship Application Form - PDF (74KB) or Word (74KB)

  • Your application should be no more than two pages, plus a proposed work plan. In the work plan, address how your thesis will be completed within no more than six months of commencement of the scholarship.
  • You must obtain the support of your Principal Supervisor (or Associate Supervisor) for the application.
  • The Supervisor will forward your application to the Dean: Research for a decision.
  • The Dean: Research will forward your application to SAS to confirm eligibility. A panel assists with the selection of successful candidates.

Closing date

Round 2 applications will close on 1st August 2024.

You will be advised of the outcome of your application.

Assessment of your application

Assessment of your application will be based on the:

  • quality of the application
  • Supervisor and Research Degree Coordinator (or equivalent) comments 
  • work plan and the likelihood of the thesis being completed within the nominated timeframe (no more than six months).

Conditions of the scholarship

Successful applicants will be required to enrol, and remain enrolled on a full-time basis at UniSA.

Leave of absence will not be available during the duration of the Completion Scholarship, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

During the period of the scholarship, progress will be monitored on a regular basis, in accordance with milestones outlined in the work plan (see the application form).

Failure to make satisfactory progress in line with the above milestones may mean the cessation of the scholarship payments.

Submission of the thesis for examination, with supervisor's approval, is required at the completion of the scholarship.

Please note: The stipend is paid for educational purposes. Under section 51-10 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 scholarships paid to full-time students for educational purposes are treated as exempt income.


Research Student Services, Student and Academic Services
Email: research.students@unisa.edu.au
Phone: (08) 8302 5880 (option 2)