Master of Catchment Science (Domestic)

We are offering up to two full-tuition scholarships annually to Australian or New Zealand citizens, or Australian permanent residents, to study the Master of Catchment Science full-time (2 years) or part-time/distance (4 years).

The scholarships are awarded to high-caliber candidates who clearly demonstrates potential as a future water leader.

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1 October 2019.

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Full-tuition scholarship

We are offering up to two full-tuition scholarship annually to Australian or New Zealand citizens, or Australian permanent residents, to study the Master of Catchment Science full-time (2 years) or part-time/distance (4 years).

Each full scholarship recipient will also benefit from the following offer:

  • IWC will refund their flights to attend mandatory ‘intensives’ in Brisbane (i.e. ‘intensives’ are short periods of on-campus classes and off-campus workshops and field trips at the beginning of each trimester).

Recipients will be responsible for paying any other study expenses (e.g. accommodation in Brisbane to attend mandatory ‘intensives’ or to study full-time, etc.).

Value for this scholarship is AU$56,000.

Entry requirements

The Master of Integrated Water Management (Domestic) scholarships are open to Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents.

All scholarship candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • a completed undergraduate degree in a related field of study from an internationally-recognised institution
  • two years of professional experience (paid work or volunteering experience relevant to the program and following the completion of an undergraduate degree). Although not essential for entry in the MCS program, candidates with at least two years of relevant professional experience have a higher chance of securing a scholarship – see selection criteria and process below.

Scholarship requirements

Please note that the entry requirements for admission into the Master of Catchment Science program at Griffith University are slightly different than the Scholarship eligibility requirements.

To apply for an IWC Catchment Science Scholarship, candidates must have at least two years of professional experience (paid work or volunteering experience) relevant to the program and following completion of an undergraduate degree.

Candidates who don’t have two years of relevant professional experience can still apply for entry in the Master of Catchment Science program Griffith, but they are not eligible for an IWC Masters Scholarship.

Applicants who apply for the scholarship must first apply for admission in to Griffith University and meet the admission requirements.

Click here to access the link to the online Griffith University admission application form.

Applications for the MCs Scholarships are completed via an online link. Online applications for the scholarships open on 1 July and will close on 1 October 2019 for domestic applicants.

Click here to access the link to the online IWC scholarship application form.

If you want to save your application and come back to it later, click on ‘Save Answers and Resume Later’ at the bottom the page. Please copy the URL link provided and save it in a safe place. You can only use the URL link for maximum of 30 days to resume answering questions on the form. After 30 days the link will expire and you will have to start a new application form.

For more information, please view the Terms and Conditions for this scholarship.

Below you will find answers to our most frequently asked questions. Detailed information on the IWC Master of Catchment Science program, structure and delivery can be found on the program page.

To apply for a scholarship, you must meet the following requirements:

  • A completed undergraduate degree in a related field of study from an internationally-recognised institution;
  • At least two years of professional experience (paid work or volunteering experience) relevant to the program;
  • International candidates must also demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP) – see Griffith University requirements including minimum scores for ELP tests

The Selection Panel uses the following selection criteria when assessing the scholarship application:

  1. Leadership qualities including collaboration and team work, flexibility, initiative, com­munication skills, integrity and vision through professional, educational, community and other
  2. Professional and volunteering record: relevant employment and volunteering experi­ence, achievements, membership of professional bodies and professional
  3. Academic record: an excellent academic record and a likelihood of success in further study at Masters
  4. Commitment to designing and driving the implementation of catchment and waterway restoration and protection measures using the best available science and engineering.
  5. Potential outcomes: the likelihood of positive impacts on the individual and the water sector from participating in the MCS program.

If you lose the URL link provided by the system or forget your password for the IWC Catchment Science Scholarship application, you will have to start a new application form as the data you have entered cannot be retrieved without the link or the password.

Scholarship applicants must answer three questions with answers no less than 200 words and no more than 300 words. The questions are:

  1. Why is catchment and waterway protection, restoration and management important to you? Why is catchment and waterway protection, restoration and management important to you?
  2. Protecting, restoring and managing our catchments and waterways will require science, engineering and leadership. How do you plan to provide leadership in the application of science and engineering to catchment management during your career?
  3. How will your participation in the Master of Catchment Science benefit your professional development and enable you to play a more significant role with regards improving our catchments and waterways?

You will need to upload the following documents with your application:

  • Current Resume/CV
  • Two reference letters from a professional or academic referee. Reference letters must be current within two years.

The Master of Catchment Science is an inter-disciplinary degree that accepts applications from engineering (civil, environment, chemical) and the natural sciences (hydrology, chemistry, geomorphology, ecology). If you have questions about your specific degree please contact us.

Typically, successful scholarship recipients have an excellent academic record and several years of relevant professional experience.

All applicants, both successful and unsuccessful, will be notified via email by 1st November (international) and 6th November (domestic) as to the outcome of their application. Please add the email address education@watercentre.org to your contact list to ensure safe delivery of email communication.

Yes – all scholarship applicants are required to have a current letter of offer of admission into the MIWM program to be considered in the scholarship selection round.

Scholarship applicants must meet the entry requirements for admission into Griffith to receive a full offer of admission. Applicants who are missing conditions for admission, including English Language proficiency, will not be considered for the scholarship.

Both the scholarship application and admissions application must be submitted no later than the 1 October 2019.

Applicants are required to pay the non-refundable A$50 application fee to submit their admissions application to Griffith. This application fee will not be waived.

Yes, ideally, but within these disciplines we are keen to attract a diversity of applicants from engineering (civil, environment, chemical) and the natural sciences (hydrology, chemistry, geomorphology, ecology).

There is no age limit to apply for the IWC Master of Catchment Science and IWC scholarships. However, applicants must meet the entry requirements for admission into Griffith University.

To view the entry requirements for the MCS program, please check the Griffith website for entry requirements for international and domestic

There is no minimum GPA required for entry into the program, however, students must have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement.

If you are unsure whether your undergraduate degree is recognised in Australia, please contact:

Griffith University – International enquiries:

Please contact Griffith International via the Griffith online enquiry system

Griffith University – Domestic enquiries:

1800 677 728 (Free call)

The MCS program does not grant advanced standing or credit except in exceptional cases where the Griffith recognition of prior learning process has to be completed. More information here. Students are almost always required to complete the full Masters, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate program.

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