The Maurice de Rohan International Scholarship will be awarded to an Australian citizen studying for a doctoral degree at the University of South Australia.

The scholarship is valued at up to $15,000 plus a travel grant of $2,500 to cover airfares for travel to the United Kingdom or United States of America.

There are two scholarships available.

Don't miss out on this great opportunity!

About the scholarship

The Maurice de Rohan International Scholarship aims to provide research degree students with an opportunity to gain an international perspective and improve their thesis through research, data collection or work with institutional or industry partners in the United Kingdom or United States of America.

Whilst overseas, the awardee will be expected to be a Maurice de Rohan International Scholar and Ambassador for UniSA and South Australia and to build research relationships with academics at the international institution.

The International Scholarship will provide funding towards:

  • gaining industry or academic experience at institutions with which UniSA has a collaborative relationship
  • overseas field trips for the purpose of data collection
  • a stipend to assist with living expenses.

Travel to conferences to present a refereed conference paper may also be included. 

Are you eligible?

The scholarship is only available to Australian citizens who are undertaking a research degree program at the University of South Australia.

The applicant must be making satisfactory progress and:

  1. be currently enrolled at UniSA for a doctoral degree and normally be in his/her second or early third year of candidacy (or an equivalent period part-time), or be in the process of upgrading from a Masters by Research Degree to a doctoral degree
  2. ensure they have completed and had their research proposal accepted, and have the appropriate ethics and/or safety clearances
  3. provide evidence of the manner in which the research and thesis will be enhanced by the visit overseas
  4. have clearly demonstrated the capacity for independent research
  5. have gained unqualified support from the supervisor and Research Degree Coordinator (or equivalent) for the proposed overseas visit
  6. provide confirmation from the overseas institution that arrangements have been finalised or are in the process of being finalised
  7. indicate how contact will be maintained with the supervisor and the University whilst overseas, or through supervision at a partner UK or USA institution
  8. be likely to complete their degree within the required timeframe.

Note: If your proposed trip has already received scholarship funding it is unlikely your application will be supported with further funding.

Funding and payment

Applicants will need to provide a budget to indicate the cost of the travel and living expenses.

The total value of the Maurice de Rohan International Scholarship will be up to AUD$15,000 towards travel and living expenses for a maximum period of 4 to 6 monthsplus a travel grant of AUD$2,500 to cover airfares to the UK or USA.

Payment will normally be paid in two portions in Australian dollars only:

  1. the travel grant of $2,500 and 50% of the scholarship budget upfront
  2. the remainder subject to satisfactory progress. 


Selection will be based on:

  • meeting eligibility criteria
  • high academic achievement (publications, seminar and conference presentations)
  • the content of the application and interview process
  • the financial resources available to the applicant
  • provide an up to date CV
  • the supporting statement of the Supervisor and Research Degree Coordinator, and comments from the Dean of Research (or equivalent)
  • the UK or USA institution where the candidate will be researching.

The successful applicants will be shortlisted for an interview. Applicants will need to demonstrate the ability to be the Maurice de Rohan International Scholar and be an ambassador for the University.


  • The University reserves the right not to award the scholarship.
  • Normally the applicant is not precluded from holding other scholarships/grants.
  • In any publications, acknowledgement of the Maurice de Rohan International Scholarship is to be made.

Travel arrangements will be made via the University's preferred travel provider.

Research degree students cannot use the length of time spent overseas as a reason for either a scholarship or candidacy extension.

The decision of the Selection Panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

How to apply

Scholarship closing date: On hold for 2022 as not being offered

Applicants will need to gain the support of their Supervisor and Research Degree Coordinator (or equivalent), who can complete the required information using the Academic recommendation form.

  1. Register your application through myScholarships accessed via your myUniSA student portal
  2. Complete the Application Form (below)
  3. Ask your Supervisor and Research Degree Coordinator (or equivalent) to complete the Academic Recommendation Form (below)
  4. Submit your completed application to the research team in your Division (see Application Form for details)

Application form


Travel information

Successful applicants must arrange their own health and personal travel insurance and appropriate visas.


Normally research degree students travelling on University approved business as part of their degree are covered for Professional Indemnity, Public Liability, Personal Accident and Travel. For clarification, please contact the University's Insurance and Risk Compliance Officer


Students must ensure that they take account of health warnings in the country of travel and arrange their own vaccinations. 


The successful applicant must:

  • comply with the University's Travel Policies and Procedures
  • ensure their own safety in the visiting country by reference to the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade travel advisories.

Reporting requirements

The Maurice de Rohan International Scholar must provide a brief report describing the work undertaken to the Pro Vice Chancellor and Vice President (International and Development) and (Research and Innovation) on their return to UniSA, through the Dean of Graduate Studies. 


Tel: +61 8 8302 5880 


Image: Erin McGillick, 2013 Maurice de Rohan International Scholarship winner