The Australian National University (ANU) is a national research university located in Canberra, the capital of Australia. Its main campus in Acton encompasses seven teaching and research colleges, in addition to several national academies and institutes. Founded in 1946, it is the only university to have been created by the Parliament of Australia. Originally a postgraduate research university, ANU commenced undergraduate teaching in 1960 when it integrated the Canberra University College, which had been established in 1929 as a campus of the University of Melbourne. ANU enrolls 10,052 undergraduate and 10,840 postgraduate students and employs 3,753 staff. The university's endowment stood at A$1.13 billion in 2012.
ANU is ranked 1st in Australia and the whole of Oceania, 20th in the world by the 2018 QS World University Rankings, and 47th in the world (second in Australia) by the 2016/17 Times Higher Education. ANU was named the world's 7th (first in Australia) most international university in a 2017 study by Times Higher Education. In the 2017 Times Higher Education Global Employability University Ranking, an annual ranking of university graduates' employability, ANU was ranked 21st in the world (first in Australia). ANU is ranked 100th (first in Australia) in the CWTS Leiden ranking. ANU Press online has the updated release of ANU's scholarly publications. The university is particularly well known for its programmes in the arts and social sciences, and ranks among the best in the world for a number of disciplines including politics and international relations, social policy, and geography.
ANU counts six Nobel laureates and 49 Rhodes scholars among its faculty and alumni. The university has educated two prime ministers, 30 current Australian ambassadors and more than a dozen current heads of Government departments of Australia.
- Domestic and International students are eligible to apply.
- Admission to a Higher Degree by Research requires you to have completed an Honours degree at H2A level or above, or equivalent prior studies, such as a Master’s degree that includes a significant research component. Generally, it is a requirement that you have completed your tertiary studies in the discipline in which you are planning to do research. Please note that exceptions to this can be made with relevant approvals.
- Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University. Please also refer to the ANU English Language Policy.
The Scholarship ranking process is very rigorous, each applicant must first be internally ranked and recommended by their School or Centre for the Scholarship round. Then a central College HDR Scholarship round committee assesses and ranks each applicant. Many criteria are taken into account such as the applicants:
- Academic record (including GPA)
- Research potential and support from prospective supervisor and area- Research Proposal- Referee reports & questionnaires- Publications- Prizes, Awards and Scholarships- Relevant professional experience
- English language competency
- Ranking relevant to others in the graduate research field or discipline area
Following this, there is often a University level ranking committee that ranks applicants put forward by the College to reach a final ranked list of applicants.
How to Apply:
Once, you have secured a potential supervisor you can officially apply for admission through the ANU Apply Online portal. The portal will advice on the proper documentation required for your application.
If you have any technical difficulties when applying you should contact the Admissions Office:
After you have completed your application, the normal timeframe for an outcome is four to six weeks. If you are applying for an ANU administered scholarship, in order for us to prepare your application as best as possible you should try to aim to submit your application well in advance of the final closing deadline (2 to 3 weeks prior to the deadline). If you are applying for an externally administered scholarship such as the Endeavour Awards, you should apply well in advance of your deadline (try to leave at least 6 to 8 weeks prior to the deadline).
- August 31 each year for International Students.
- October 31 each year for Domestic Students.