International Travel Grants


The purpose of the grant is to provide the opportunity for research degree students to gain an international perspective that enhances their research experience and improves their thesis by undertaking research or work with world class institutional or industry partners in overseas locations. 

Whilst overseas, a research degree student will be expected to be an 'ambassador' for UniSA and build research relationships with academics at the overseas institution.

These grants provide funding towards:

  • gaining industry or academic experience at world-class institutions or industry partners
  • overseas field trips for the purpose of data collection that enhances the thesis (eg. produces a paper as a result)
  • presenting a refereed conference paper
  • collaborating for the purpose of research partnerships, such as co-authoring a refereed journal article.

Note: Travel for the purpose of data collection may only be included where it 'enhances' the research project but not where the data collection is 'central' to the research project. The travel grant should not be relied upon to ensure the required data collection for the research project can be undertaken. The travel grant will not solely be awarded for presenting a refereed conference paper; it must also include collaborations with institutions or industry partners.

Are you eligible?

These travel grants are available to research degree students, who are undertaking a Doctoral degree (PhD or Research Professional Doctorate) at the University of South Australia.

The applicant:

  1. must be currently enrolled at the University of South Australia for a Doctoral degree and be in their second or early third year of candidacy (or an equivalent period part-time)
  2. should have had their research proposal accepted and have the appropriate ethics and/or safety clearances
  3. must have a supervisory panel that meets university requirements
  4. must be making satisfactory progress and is likely to complete their degree within the required timeframe
  5. is to provide evidence of the way the research and thesis will be enhanced by the visit overseas
  6. must have gained unqualified support from the supervisor for the proposed overseas visit
  7. is to provide confirmation from the overseas institution that arrangements have been finalised or are in the process of being finalised
  8. must indicate how contact will be maintained with the supervisor and the University whilst overseas.
  9. travel must be undertaken in the year of the travel grant being awarded

Research Degree International Travel Grants are very competitive and shortlisted applications will be presented to a selection panel for assessment, based on:

  • meeting eligibility criteria
  • demonstrated capacity for independent research and intention to publish
  • the content of the application
  • the financial resources available to the applicant
  • the support of the Supervisor and approval by the Dean of Research (or equivalent)
  • the overseas institution where the candidate will be researching
  • additional expenses are accounted for and supported by the supervisory panel

How to apply and closing date

If you meet the criteria outlined above, you must complete the below application and return it to

Application Form 2024

All sections of the form must be completed. There are fields for the student, principal supervisor and Dean of Research (or delegate).

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 10th July 2024.



The total grant will be funded through the Student Mobility Implementation fund and administered by Student and Academic Services. The total value of the grant will be up to $3,000 towards travel and living expenses and any additional expenses will need to be negotiated and supported by the Supervisory panel. The selection panel reserves the right to change any variations on the maximum amount. 

Research degree students will need to provide a budget to indicate the cost of the travel. It is the expectation of the selection panel that any gap in funding from the amount requested and the travel grant contribution will be met by funds available via the supervisory panel (utilising Academic Unit resources available for this purpose) and/or the research student.

Tips for a successful application

Ensure you check your eligibility and address all criteria.

You should show how the International Travel Grant will support:

  • productive collaborative research with a world-class international partner or institution, or with which UniSA has an agreement
  • opportunities to produce a refereed paper as a result of the international visit
  • presenting a refereed conference paper
  • 'Jointly supervised PhDs'
  • the enhancement of the University's reputation.

You will be more competitive if you have formal written approval from the institution of your proposed visit which should be included in your application.

It is ideal that ethics approval (if required) is approved at time of application.  You will need to provide a clear explanation of why ethics is either not required or has not yet been approved in your application.

Your Principal Supervisor should provide a comprehensive report addressing all the criteria and indicating any additional funding support if required. 

Ensure that you are not applying where travel is to support the core part of your PhD, this scheme is to enhance the PhD.

Evidence of end user engagement will also strengthen your application.

Method of payment

Successful applicants are paid the full grant directly to the nominated bank account. If travel is organised directly through the UniSA Travel Team a journal transfer of the funds to an appropriate cost centre can be requested at time of acceptance. 

Length of stay overseas

The minimum period for funding shall normally be six weeks and the maximum period shall depend on the length of candidacy, but notionally will not be greater than four months. If a candidate wants to apply for less the 6 weeks a clear explanation for this request must be included in the application.

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 candidature 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

Upon return to UniSA following the travel period, research degree students must provide a brief report describing the work undertaken to (within 4 weeks of return). This report is also required to specify how grant funds were expended.