Melbourne Scholarships

Sir John and Lady Higgins Research Scholarship

Established by a bequest from Sir John Michael Higgins, the The Sir John and Lady Higgins Research Scholarship is available to students undertaking research in the fields of chemistry and biochemistry related directly to the study and development of pastoral and agricultural industries.

The University usually awards the scholarship every two years.


The Sir John and Lady Higgins Research Scholarship provides the following benefits:

  • A fortnightly living allowance for up to two years for students undertaking a Master by research degree, or three and a half years students undertaking a Doctoral degree. The allowance may be indexed annually and includes limited paid sick, maternity and parenting leave
  • Relocation grant for students moving to Melbourne from interstate or from outside Australia

For further information, see: Graduate Research Scholarship benefits


To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident,
  • either:
    • have applied for and meet the entry requirements for a Master or Doctorate by research degree at the University of Melbourne, or
    • be currently enrolled in a research degree at the University of Melbourne and have at least 12 months (full-time equivalent) of candidature remaining,
  • intend to undertake or be undertaking research in the field of chemistry or biochemistry that is directly related to the study and development of the pastoral and agricultural industries
  • intend to study as a full-time student unless there are compassionate or compelling circumstances that prevent you from undertaking full-time study
  • not have completed a research qualification at the same or higher level as the course for which a scholarship is sought, and
  • not have received previously a graduate research scholarship with similar benefits



You must apply for this scholarship by submitting an online application for the Sir John and Lady Higgins Research Scholarship.


This scholarship is awarded based on academic merit and specific purpose of the scholarship. Eligible applicants are scored and ranked according to their academic achievement of their previous tertiary studies,  their research potential in their field of study, and other factors relevant to the proposed research, such as professional experience and refereed publications.


Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email by the end of January.

More information

For more detailed information, please refer to the Graduate Research Scholarships Terms and Conditions.

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to Submit an Enquiry as a future or current student.

Next round

Opens: 1 July 2017
Closes: 31 October 2017

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