Melbourne Scholarships

Graduate Research Scholarships

The University of Melbourne offers the following Graduate Research Scholarships:

Melbourne Research Scholarships (MRS)
Established by the University of Melbourne, this scholarship is available to high achieving domestic and international students undertaking a Master by research degree or Doctoral degree.

The University awards over 300 scholarships per year.

Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships
Established by the Australian Commonwealth Government, this scholarship is available to high achieving domestic and international students undertaking a Master by research degree or Doctoral by research degree. See also the University's RTP Scholarship Policy.

The University awards over 300 scholarships per year.


Benefits

The Graduate Research Scholarships usually provide the following benefits:

Stipend and fee offset scholarships

  • Full fee offset for up to 2 years for students undertaking a Master by research degree or up to 4 years for students undertaking a Doctoral degree. 
  • Living allowance for up to 2 years for students undertaking a Master by research degree or up to 3.5 years for students undertaking a Doctoral degree. The living 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
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) Single Membership for international students who require a student visa to study in Australia

Fee offset scholarships

  • Full fee offset for up to 2 years for students undertaking a Master by research degree or up to 4 years for students undertaking a Doctoral degree. 

For more details, see Graduate Research Scholarship benefits.

Eligibility

To be considered for a Graduate Research Scholarship, you must have applied for and meet the entry requirements for a Master by research or Doctoral degree at the University of Melbourne, or be currently enrolled in a research degree at the University of Melbourne.

Application

If you are a new student and have applied for a Graduate Research Degree by the relevant closing date, you will be automatically considered for the Graduate Research Scholarships. You will receive a notification that a scholarship application has been added to your record within 7 days of having submitted your course application.

If you have accepted a course offer and deferred commencement in order to be re-considered for a graduate research scholarships, you must submit an online application form by the relevant closing date. You will receive a notification that a scholarship application has been added to your record within 7 days of having submitted the online form.

If you are currently enrolled in a graduate research degree for which you seek a scholarship, you must submit an online application form by the relevant closing date. You will receive a notification that a scholarship application has been added to your record within 7 days of having submitted the online form.

The University assesses applications for courses and scholarships throughout the academic year. For specific closing dates, please refer to Faculty and School Websites.

 

Selection

All domestic students who are offered admission to a Master by research or Doctoral degree at the University of Melbourne will receive a Research Training Program Scholarship (Fee Offset).

Graduate Research Scholarships that provide a stipend as well as fee offset are awarded to domestic and international students based on 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 completion of a degree at the same level of the research course for which the scholarship is sought, relevant professional experience, refereed publications, specialist medical qualifications or composition of original music may be taken into consideration.

Outcome

Domestic students will receive an offer for Research Training Program Scholarship (Fee Offset) as part of their course offer. 

Offers for Graduate Research Scholarships that provide a stipend and fee offset are made separately but around the same time course offers are made.

More information

For more detailed information about the Melbourne Research Scholarship, 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.

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