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 Master of 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

Deadline for applications has been extended to Monday 13th May 2024, at 9am ACST.

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. Complete the Application Form (below)
  2. Ask your Supervisor and Research Degree Coordinator (or equivalent) to complete the Academic Recommendation Form (below)
  3. Submit your completed application to the research team in your Academic Units (see Application Form for details) who will arrange Dean of Research (or delegate) approval
  4. Register your application through myScholarships accessed via your myUniSA student portal and upload your fully approved application documents 

Application form

Visas, Insurance, Health and Safety

Research degree students must arrange their own health and personal travel insurance and appropriate visas.

Use of the UniSA Travel Team for bookings is strongly recommended. 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 Officer.

Research degree students must also:

Recreational travel

A research degree student whilst using an international travel grant may prolong their overseas stay to include recreational travel at their own expense. However, the research degree student must get prior written approval of their proposed recreational travel from their Supervisor, and complete part 2 of the International Travel grant application form.


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

International research degree students who are successful in receiving a travel grant are responsible for ensuring that overseas travel does not affect their Australian Visa. If unsure, students should contact the Department of Home Affairs directly. 

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.



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