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Australian Postgraduate Award

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Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) are funded by the Australian Government and awarded by the University of Melbourne to students of exceptional research potential who undertake a graduate research degree. 



The duration of the Australia Postgraduate Awards scholarship is two years for students undertaking a Master by research degree and three years, with a possible six month extension, for students undertaking a Doctoral (Research) degree.

The following benefits apply:

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

For more details, see Graduate Research Postgraduate Awards benefits.


To be considered for the Australia Postgraduate Awards, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident, or the recipient of an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship;
  • not have previously held an APA for six months or more;
  • 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 not already completed a research qualification at the same or higher level as the course for which a scholarship is sought. 
  • have applied for and meet the entry requirements for a Master by research or Doctoral (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.


If you have applied for a Melbourne Research Scholarship, you will be automatically considered for the Australian Postgraduate Award.


Australian Postgraduate Awards are awarded on the basis of academic merit. Eligible applicants are scored and ranked according to their academic achievement of their last completed degree and their research potential in their field of study. Factors such as professional experience, refereed publications, specialist medical qualifications or composition of original music may be taken into consideration. 

More information

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

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