Scholarships & Awards

Students wishing to be considered for a scholarship should submit a combined course and scholarship application by the relevant closing dates. Applications will be accepted after the closing date, however, there will be limited availability of scholarships for late applicants.

You may also be eligible for various scholarships, awards and prizes offered by the Faculty of Science.

The Melbourne Scholarships Program offers a range of scholarships to international graduate research students. These include the Melbourne Research Scholarships (which usually include a full fee remission) and Research Training Program Scholarships.

Melbourne Research Scholarships (MRS)

Melbourne Research Scholarships (MRS) are funded by the University of Melbourne and awarded to eligible international students for graduate research study. Science students can receive a MRS for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Science.

To be competitive for a MRS, you must have consistent results of at least H2A/upper second class (or equivalent). Applicants who can demonstrate a significant role in a research publication(s) and/or significant work experience will have this factor taken into consideration when determining scholarship eligibility.

Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships

RTP scholarships are funded by the Australian Federal Government and awarded to students wanting to undertake graduate research degree studies.

An RTP scholarship covers full tuition fees for each year of a course, the annual Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC - single cover), and a living allowance, thesis allowance and other benefits. For a full list and details of benefits and conditions please refer to the Graduate Scholarships Conditions Booklet.

The entry requirements for a scholarship are normally higher than the entry requirements to the course. To be competitive for an RTP scholarship, you must have very strong results of a high H1 grade (90% average), or first class equivalent. Applicants who can demonstrate a significant role in a research publication(s) and/or significant work experience will have this factor taken into consideration when determining scholarship eligibility.

For a full list of benefits and conditions for the RTP and MRS scholarships please refer to the Graduate Scholarships Conditions Booklet.

Scholarship Deadlines - International applicants (citizens of all other countries and holders of Australian visas other than permanent residency)

Our main round for 2016 RTP and MRS has now closed. We recommend applicants submit an application for 2017 to be considered for an RTP or MRS.

Applications for 2017 that are complete and received by this date Will be considered for these scholarships Applicants should be notified of the outcome by
30 September 2016 IPRS and MRS 31 January 2017
  • Applicants who submit a complete application received before the 30 September will have the highest chance of success in obtaining a scholarship.
  • Applicants who submit an application received after the 30 September will be considered for the RTP and MRS, however, there can be no guarantee that scholarships will be available

Fees for international students

The course fee per year is calculated on the basis of one full-time year of study (1 EFTSL). If a course duration is less than one year, you will pay the indicative total course fee. The University reviews fees annually. The indicative total course fee is based on typical subject enrolments, and includes an indexation of 5% per annum. More information about tuition fees.

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The fees for this degree are listed below, indicative for 2016.

4 years full-time / part-time unavailable

$150,338 AUD

The fees displayed are for international students. If you are a domestic student, please select this option at the top right of this page.

Typical course fee for 2016: $34,880 AUD / year

Duration indicated is maximum course duration. May be completed in less EFTSL depending upon academic background and/or relevant work experience.

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