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For Current Candidates

Current Student Information

Much of the information you need throughout your candidature, can be found on the Research Office Website and you are encouraged to visit that site often to keep up to date.

The rest of the information on this page relates to Faculty of Arts and Education specific processes.

Information about various Resource Funding for HDR candidates is available at the bottom of this page.

Endorsement of Candidature

HDR candidates are provisionally enrolled and will have their candidature confirmed at the successful completion of their probation requirements. A major part of the probationary requirements is the confirmation seminar and submission of a written research proposal. This usually occurs within 12 months of enrolment for full-time candidates, and 2 years for part-time doctoral candidates and within the first 6-9 months of enrolment for full-time, and within 12–18 months of enrolment for part-time Masters candidates.

For information about this process please read through the Faculty of Arts and Education Endorsement of Candidature Procedure document.

An example of the presentation agenda.
Time (e.g.) Agenda (e.g)
12.00-12.10 Welcome, introductions, explanation of purpose and format of session, clarification of any questions, candidate invited to nominate any particular aspects on which he / she would like feedback
12.10-12.35 Presentation:
  1. How did I come to be interested in this topic? Why am I doing this study? (maximum 5 minutes)
  2. Brief summary presentation of the proposal (which people have already read) (maximum 20 minutes)
12.35-12.55 Questions and comments from Panel of Respondents (20 minutes)
12.55-1.15 Questions and comments from the floor and Panel of Respondents (20 minutes)
1.15-1.25 Questions and comments from Supervisors (10 minutes)
1.25-1.35 Chair's summary of issues raised - draft advice to the candidate
1.35-1.50 Closed session:
  1. clarification of any formal advice to the candidate from the Chair, Independent Readers and Supervisors - drafting of a summary of key points for consideration to be directed to the candidate via the Supervisors, and,
  2. advice to the Supervisors
1.50-2.00 Candidate returns for final summing up

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Research Operating Funds

Information on resource operating funds (also called resource allowance) for Commonwealth supported candidates or candidates on a University/Faculty full-time scholarship can be found on the Research Office website. Candidates on a University supported 'fee-waiver' scholarship receive an amount per year paid to an account held in their school. Candidates should contact their School Administration Officer for further details on how to access these funds.

Other candidates, including staff undertaking their doctorate, those receiving a Faculty funded part-time tuition scholarship or fee-paying candidates, may apply for Faculty of Arts and Education Resource Funding. This funding provides these candidates with operating or 'resource' funds to contribute to the costs involved in undertaking their doctoral project. Candidates may apply for up to a maximum of $1250 per year and applications can be made at any time and will be assessed on a competitive basis. These funds must be used within twelve months of receipt and be spent on costs directly associated with the doctoral research project.


To be eligible to apply for funding, applicants must:

  • be enrolled in the research component of an HDR program in the Faculty of Arts and Education (resource funding can not be claimed once you have been formally approved for graduation)
  • not be in receipt of resource funding from a scholarship.
  • be making satisfactory progress with their doctorate
  • staff undertaking their doctorate and claiming funding must be employed by the University of either a continuing basis, or at least a one-year contract

Note: Importantly, candidates must demonstrate how these funds will accelerate progress.

CSU staff enrolled in the doctoral program through the Faculty of Arts and Education but employed in another Faculty or Division should approach their employing Faculty/Division for information on the availability of resource support. If no other support is available, applications can be made to the Faculty of Arts and Education resource fund.

Without being exhaustive, such costs might include the following:

  • Specific laboratory equipment
  • Costs associated with analytic tests, like those conducted by the Environmental Analytic Laboratory
  • Costs associated with conducting experiments
  • Travel costs, such as hiring a University car or reimbursement of private car expenses when on fieldwork or interviewing participants
  • Employing staff to enter survey/interview/quantitative data
  • An upgrade of computer software required for the project
  • Costs associated with attending research methodology courses
  • Special photographs
  • Printing survey forms/questionnaires and postage costs
  • Photocopying and stationery
  • Telephone calls and fax costs
  • Printing and binding of theses.

Application for Faculty of Arts and Education Resource Funding