Melbourne Scholarships

International Postgraduate Research Scholarship

The International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) is funded by the Australian Government and enables international students to undertake a postgraduate research qualification in Australia and gain experience with leading Australian researchers.

The University usually awards around 35 scholarships.


The duration of the International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) is up to two years for a student undertaking a master by research degree and up to three years, with two possible six month extensions, for students undertaking a doctorate by research degree.

The IPRS provides for:

  • Full cost of tuition
  • Overseas Student Health Cover for you and your dependants, if they join you in Australia on a student visa

In addition, successful candidates receive an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) which provides the following benefits:

  • A fortnightly living allowance
  • Relocation grant for students moving to Melbourne from interstate or from outside Australia
  • Thesis allowance 
  • Limited paid sick, maternity and parenting leave

For more details, see Australian Postgraduate Awards benefits.



To be considered for the IPRS, you must:

  • be an international applicant (ie. a citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand, and not an Australian permanent resident) and meet international student visa requirements;
  • have completed tertiary studies that are at least equivalent to a 4-year honours degree at an Australian university with a minimum result of first class honours;
  • have applied for admission to undertake masters by research or doctorate by research degree at the University of Melbourne;
  • not be enrolled in the course for which you seek scholarship;
  • have not already completed a research qualification at the same or higher level as the course for which a scholarship is sought. 



Students who have received an offer for or are enrolled in a University of Melbourne graduate research degree must apply for the Australian Postgraduate Award through the Student Portal.

All other students must complete an Application for Admission to Graduate Research Degree Candidature

The University assesses applications for scholarships on an ongoing basis. For specific closing dates, please refer to:

Faculty of Business & Economics 
Faculty of Medicine Dentistry & Health Sciences

Faculty of Science 
Faculty of Veterinary Science 
Graduate School of Humanities & Social Sciences 
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music 
Melbourne Graduate School of Education 
Melbourne Law School 
Melbourne School of Design 
Melbourne School of Engineering 
Melbourne School of Information 
Victorian College of the Arts


IPRS are awarded on the basis of academic merit. Eligible applicants are scored and ranked according to their:

  • academic achievement in their last completed degree; and
  • research potential in their field of study, taking into consideration factors relevant to the proposed research including professional experience, refereed publications, specialist medical qualifications or composition of original music.

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 contact us.

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