Melbourne Scholarships

Victorian International Research Scholarship

The Victorian International Research Scholarships (VIRS) were established by the State Government of Victoria in partnership with Victorian universities, including the University of Melbourne. 


The Victorian International Research Scholarships is awarded for up to three years. The following benefits apply:

  • The State Government provides a fortnightly allowance of $20,000 per annum (pro rata)
  • The University of Melbourne provides:
    • a supplementary fortnightly allowance of $10,000 per annum  (pro rata)
    • limited paid sick leave
    • a Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarship (MIFRS)


To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • be a citizen of a country other than Australia, and
  • have applied for admission to a Doctor of Philosophy degree course at the University of Melbourne 


If you have submitted an Application for Admission to Graduate Research Degree Candidature and Scholarship, you will be automatically considered for the Victorian International Research Scholarship.

Only complete applications received by the relevant closing date will be considered.


Eligible candidates are selected for nomination by the University of Melbourne to the State Government of Victoria on the basis of academic merit. Nominees will be contacted in November for further information.


Successful candidates will be advised of the outcome by December. 

More information

For further information, please refer to the State Government of Victoria website.

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