Master of Catchment Science (International)

We are offering up to two full-tuition scholarships annually to international candidates from any country around the world to to study the Master of Catchment Science full-time (2 years).

The scholarships will be awarded to high-caliber applicants who best repesent future catchment management leaders.

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Full-tuition scholarship

We are offering up to two full-tuition scholarships annually to international candidates from any country around the world to to study the Master of Catchment Science full-time (2 years) in Brisbane, Australia.

Value for this scholarship is AU$56,000, which covers:

  • full tuition fees for full-time study of Master of Catchment Science, for the program commencing trimester 1 (February), 2020.

Recipients will be responsible for costs associated with a student visa, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), travel to Australia, accommodation and living expenses.

Please note: the final number and value of scholarships awarded will remain at the discretion of IWC and will depend on the quality of applications received.

Program of study

This scholarship is available for full-time study of the full Master of Catchment Science (MCS) program, delivered at Griffith University (CRICOS 099375F).

Scholarships are not available for the IWC Graduate Certificate in Catchment Processes or the Graduate Certificate in Catchment Hydrology or any other program.

Scholarships are only available for commencing students and not for current students enrolled in the MCS.

All scholarship candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. A completed undergraduate degree in a related field of study from an internationally-recognised institution.
  2. 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.
  3. International candidates must also demonstrate English language proficiency (ELP) (see Griffith’s requirements including minimum scores for English Language Proficiency tests). Applicants must meet the ELP requirements for admission to be considered in the scholarship selection.
  4. Scholarships do not include funding to undertake English language courses through the Griffith English Language Institute (GELI). Scholarship applicants will not be considered in the selection round if they choose to undertake courses through GELI.
  5. Scholarship applicants must receive a full offer of admission into the MIWM program from Griffith University to be considered in the scholarship selection. Information on how to apply for admission is found on the Griffith website.

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 1October 2019 for international 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.

Scholarships open on 1 July at 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time and close on 1 October at 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. Applications will not be accepted after the 1 October.

Full tuition fee scholarships that also include flights to Australia and Overseas Student Health Cover (covers single student only).

The Catchment Science scholarships are only available to study the IWC Master of Catchment Science. They are not available for Graduate Certificate programs as these are only offered part-time and part-time study is not available due to visas reasons.

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 achievements.

2. Professional and volunteering record: relevant employment and volunteering experience, achievements, membership of professional bodies and professional references.

3. Academic record: an excellent academic record and a likelihood of success in further study at Masters level.

4. Commitment to promoting and driving the implementation of collaborative, whole-of-water-cycle, integrated and interdisciplinary approaches to water management.

5. Potential outcomes: the likelihood of positive impacts on the individual and the water sector from participating in the MIWM program.

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

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

Please refer to the Griffith website for more information on English language require­ments for international students.

In order to apply for admission into Griffith University, it is a requirement to have a valid test for English Language Proficiency. This is provided through the test results of the IELTS or TOEFL. Please refer to the Griffith website for more information on English lan­ guage requirements for international students. Please apply directly to Griffith University and the International Admissions Team will advise you as to what you need to meet the entry requirements for admission.

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.

Please apply directly to Griffith University and the International Admissions Team will confirm you whether your undergraduate degree is recognised  in Australia  and advise you  as to what you need to meet the entry requirements for admission.

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 Catchment Science 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.

Applicants who are from Bangladesh, Egypt, Ghana, Iraq, Libya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syrian Arab Republic, Vietnam or Yemen, you are  not  able to apply for admission  online and must apply through an education agent and pay any associated fees. Please refer to the Griffith website for a list of Education Agents in your country.

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.

Once your application has been received by Griffith University you will get an electronic confirmation of receipt and a student number. You should then be able to track your appli­cation and contact Griffith directly to find out your status and for advice on your visa, etc.

Once your application has been processed, if you meet all admission requirements, you will be issued with an unconditional offer and an Acceptance of Offer contract.

A conditional offer will be issued for applicants who:

  1. have not yet met the university’s English language requirements
  2. must provide further academic information (e.g. evidence of bachelor degree comple­tion);
  3. must provide other documentation for enrolment (e.g. original documents, police clearance).

More information about the offer process at Griffith University is available here.

Once you’ve accepted your offer, submitted all required documentation and paid your tui­ tion fees, you need to enrol in your classes via myGriffith (from December each year).

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