Higher degree by research scholarships

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By this stage, applicants should have discussed their proposed research project with the supervisor in the relevant academic unit. Before a scholarship application is submitted, applicants must have an agreed supervisor for their project and must meet the eligibility criteria relating to scholarship selection.

Eligibility criteria

A strong academic record is required to be competitive for one of these scholarships. All research students with an (honours H1) 80% + grade degree or the equivalent GPA 80% + standard may apply for a range of research scholarships.

Selection criteria

Selection for scholarships is based on:

  • academic merit
  • research experience
  • publications relative to opportunity
  • alignment of the project with strategic priorities

*Additional criteria may apply.  Please see individual scholarship schemes.

There are three categories of scholarships available:

  1. Scholarships managed by the Monash Institute of Graduate Research (MIGR)
  2. Monash NICTA Victorian Research Lab (VRL) Scholarships
  3. Scholarships awarded by the Faculty of IT
  4. Externally funded scholarships


1. Scholarships managed by the Monash Institute of Graduate Research (MIGR)

The Monash Institute of Graduate Research has two scholarship rounds each year. The deadline for online applications is May 31 and October 31 each year.

Each year, the Faculty of IT is awarded approximately 20 living allowance scholarships and 3 tuition fee scholarships. A summary of the range of scholarships available is shown below:

Scholarship provides:Living Allowance*Tuition Fees and OSHC**
AwardDomestic studentsInternational studentsInternational students
Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)    
Monash Graduate Scholarship (MGS)  
Sir James McNeill Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship  
International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS)    
Monash International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (MIPRS)    
Vera Moore International Postgraduate Research Scholarship    

* Our stipends and allowances help with living and other costs, such as establishment costs if you receive certain awards and need to relocate from outside Victoria, including overseas.

** This scholarship pays tuition fees and Overseas Student Health Cover for the duration of the scholarship.


2. Monash NICTA Victorian Research Lab (VRL) Scholarships

Eligible projects need to align with NICTA's research interests and one of Monash University's identified research projects. For more information refer to Monash NICTA scholarships.

Scholarships of up to $31,000 are available for Monash NICTA Victorian Research Lab (VRL) scholarships.

*It is recommended you contact one of the Monash academics involved with NICTA to discuss a suitable project, prior to applying.


3. Scholarships awarded by the Faculty of IT

The number of scholarships available varies each year. The Faculty will consider high calibre applications at any time of the year.

Academic staff within the Faculty of IT may also have funds available to support scholarships for higher degree by research students to undertake industry-oriented research projects.

List of Monash IT departmental postgraduate research opportunities:


4. Jean Whyte PhD Tuition Scholarship

The Jean Whyte PhD Tuition Scholarship is funded by the Jean Whyte Bequest. The scholarship provides tuition funding for international students who have been awarded a Monash Graduate Scholarship and are undertaking research in the field of library and information studies or archives and records management. Applications for the Monash Graduate Scholarship in these research fields can apply for the Jean Whyte PhD Tuition Scholarship at the same time.

Please contact the Faculty Research Manager for the application process.


5. Externally funded scholarships

Other awards are available through schemes sponsored by the Australian government eg AusAID, by individual countries and by a range of organisations and donors. The Joint Academic Scholarship On-Line Network (JASON), is a useful resource.