Melbourne Scholarships

Melbourne Research Scholarship

Established by the University of Melbourne Research Scholarship (MRS) is awarded to high achieving domestic and international research students. 

The University awards over 300 scholarships per year.


The maximum duration of the Melbourne Research Scholarship is two years for students undertaking a Master by research degree and three and a half years students undertaking a Doctoral (Research) degree.

The benefits of the scholarship vary depending on the applicants circumstances and may include one or more of the following:

  • A fortnightly living allowance
  • Relocation grant for students moving to Melbourne from interstate or from outside Australia
  • Limited paid sick, maternity and parenting leave
  • Full fee exemption or remission 
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) Single Membership (international students only)

For more details, see Graduate Research Scholarship benefits.


To be considered for the Melbourne Research Scholarship, you must:

  • 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, and
  • have not already completed a research qualification at the same or higher level as the course for which a scholarship is sought. 


You must apply for this scholarship by submitting an online application for the Graduate Research Scholarships group.

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


Melbourne Research Scholarships 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 relevant professional experience, refereed publications, specialist medical qualifications or composition of original music may be taken into consideration.

More information

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

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