2013 Benefits and Conditions for the Graduate Research Scholarships (APA, APA[I], IPRS, MRS, MIRS, MIRS, FMS, HRS, Prestigious and Other Major Scholarships)
11. Scholarships held by students enrolled on a part-time basis
Scholarship recipients are normally required to maintain full-time enrolment, however local students, for whom socially compelling reasons prevent a full-time enrolment, may apply to hold a scholarship on a part-time basis. Socially compelling reasons could be one or more of the following:
primary care responsibilities for a pre-school child
primary care responsibilities for school-aged children as a sole parent with limited access to outside support
primary care responsibilities for an invalid or disabled partner, child or parent, or
Applicants will not be granted permission to hold a scholarship on a part-time basis if they wish to undertake paid employment on a full-time or on a substantial part-time basis. Students who hold a scholarship on a part-time basis are subject to the same employment restrictions as full-time scholarship holders (see Section 3.5 for details).
Before changing to a part-time enrolment, students should ask Melbourne Scholarships to determine if they will be eligible to hold the scholarship on a part-time basis. Click here for information about how to apply for a change to part-time status.
Students holding a scholarship on a part-time basis are expected to progress at half the rate of a full-time scholarship holder. The time limits for a part-time scholarship holder are double those for a full-time scholarship holder.
Students holding a scholarship on a part-time basis are required to change to full-time if a change to their circumstances means that they no longer qualify to hold their scholarship on a part-time basis.
Part-time scholarships are not tax-exempt. Please see Section 6.8 about taxation arrangements for scholarships held on a part-time basis.
International students are often precluded by the conditions of their visa from studying part-time and, therefore, holding their scholarship on a part-time basis.
If an international student holds a visa allowing part-time study, they must also meet the specific requirements to hold their scholarship part-time before approval will be granted.A request for approval to retain any scholarship part-time must be made via email to the Melbourne Scholarships Office. It is the responsibility of the international student to ensure they meet the study load requirements of whatever visa they hold.
International students who gain temporary residency can still hold an MIFRS. Temporary residents may apply to convert their MIFRS to a part-time status where socially compelling reasons prevent a full-time enrolment (see above). IPRS holders, however, must meet the international student visa requirements as specified by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.