The Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) was a scholarship, founded by the Australian Federal Government, designed to support postgraduate research training, which was awarded to students of "exceptional research potential". The allocation each tertiary institution received was based in part on its overall research performance.
The grant of the award was very competitive and based on the student achieving a minimum of first class honours or equivalent.
In 2013 a full-time APA recipient received a stipend of A$24,653, and a part-time student A$12,326. The scholarship was tax-free, and indexed annually. The stipend is provided for two years for a masters student, and three years for a PhD student, with a possibility of a six-month extension.
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