Graduate Research Scholarships

Monash invests more than $47 million each year on graduate research scholarships. Managed by the Monash Graduate Education office, these central scholarships are offered twice a year.

The Faculty of Information Technology also has a wide range of scholarship opportunities available for eligible high achieving graduate research candidates wishing to pursue a research degree. There are also research project based and external and donor funded scholarships available.

The application deadlines for the two scholarship selection rounds are 31 May (for scholarships to commence from 1 August of that year) and 31 October (for scholarships to commence from 1 January of the following year).

Graduate Research Scholarships available

  1. Centrally awarded Monash Graduate Education (MGE) scholarships
  2. Faculty of Information Technology scholarships
  3. FIT PHD by Practice Based Research and Exegesis Scholarships
  4. Projects-based scholarships including the Rail PhD scholarship
  5. Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME) Scholarships
  6. Graduate Research Interdisciplinary Program (GRIP) Scholarships
  7. Data61 Scholarships
  8. External and donor funded scholarships

1. Centrally awarded Monash Graduate Education (MGE) scholarships

The application deadlines for the two scholarship selection rounds are 31 May (for scholarships to commence from 1 August of that year) and 31 October (for scholarships to commence from 1 January of the following year).

Scholarships for domestic students

Tuition fees - Research Training Scheme (RTS)

Tuition fees for Australian or New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents are generally covered by the Australian government funded Research Training Scheme (RTS).

Scholarships for international students

* These are stipend scholarships
** These are tuition scholarships. The tuition scholarships for international students include the cost of compulsory Overseas Student Health Cover.

If you are awarded a MGS or CSC scholarship you will also be eligible to be awarded a Faculty Tuition Fees scholarship.

Refer to Scholarships for International students for more details

2. Faculty of Information Technology scholarships

Our Faculty offers a number of scholarships opportunities for domestic and international graduate research students.  Applications from candidates with strong academic records are encouraged.

To be competitive for a scholarship, research students require an Honours (H1) 80% + grade degree or the equivalent GPA 80% + standard.  Or qualifications, achievements and publications that demonstrate you are Honours H1 equivalent (H1E) standard.

Please note you do not have to apply for these scholarships separately as you will be automatically considered for them when you apply to Monash Graduate Education  for candidature and a scholarship.
Scholarships currently available are;

  • Faculty of IT Tuition Fees Scholarships - for international students
    To be competitive for a Faculty Tuition scholarship you will have been awarded a MGS or CSC Scholarship. Or you have been awarded a non-Monash or non-Australian scholarship that does not cover tuition fees.
  • Faculty of IT Tuition Fees Scholarships - for current Faculty of IT international students
    To be competitive for a guaranteed Faculty Tuition scholarship for current FIT international students you will be H1 or H1E student who has received an offer from MGE to enrol in a graduate research degree with the Faculty.

    From 2017 the Faculty of IT Tuition Fees Scholarships also offer single cover Overseas Student Health Cover (OHSC). International students on a student visa must have health cover for the length of their visa while studying in Australia
  • Women in IT Research Scholarships - for domestic and international students
    The Faculty is committed to encouraging women IT researchers and offers stipend and or tuition scholarships to women candidates with a strong academic record.
  • Whyte PhD Tuition Fees Scholarship – for international students
    This scholarship is funded by the Jean and Phyllis Whyte Bequests. It provides tuition fees for international students who have been awarded a Monash Graduate Scholarship (MGS) and are undertaking research in the field of library and information studies or archives and records management.
  • Computational Biology Scholarships - for domestic and international students
    The Faculty is committed to interdisciplinary research, in particular research which crosses disciplinary boundaries to provide training in computational skills in concert with training in the biosciences. In an exciting initiative between the Faculties of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences and Information Technology PhD scholarships are available for projects with co-supervision from both fields.

3. FIT PHD by Practice Based  Research and Exegesis Scholarships

In addition to the traditional PhD FIT offers a new form of PhD in Information Technology, which encourages multi-disciplinary, creative and dynamic projects, is the only one of its kind in Australia. You’ll be able to present a substantial amount of your research through an immersive, interactive demonstration or exhibition that engages one or more of the senses. You’ll also be examined on a written exegesis of about 30,000 words. Your research will typically be interdisciplinary, linking IT with another field such as health and medicine, urban planning, cultural heritage or design. Areas like creative robotics, 3D visualisation, simulation and animation, interactive media, wearable technologies and games are suited to this PhD program.

Please note you do not have to apply for these scholarships separately as you will be automatically considered for them when you apply to Monash Graduate Education  for candidature and a scholarship.

4. Projects-based scholarships including:- the Rail PhD Scholarship

The Faculty of IT seeks eligible applicants to undertake a number of priority research projects within our research strength areas, flagships, centres and labs. Some of these graduate research projects opportunities have funding and scholarship attached.  Currently these include:-

Monash Infrastructure (MI) and the Institute of Railway Technology (IRT) have facilitated funding one PhD scholarshipin the Faculty of IT in a railway-related area, for the October 2016 intake. The scholarship is jointly funded by the Rail Manufacturing CRC and the Faculty IT and provides a stipend and tuition fees for international students. For more information contact Faculty of IT - Manager, Graduate Student Services.

5. Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME) Scholarships

MIME PhD scholarships are available to support collaborative projects involving a clinician researcher from the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, and a researcher from the Faculty of Engineering or Faculty of IT. For more information refer to Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME)

6. Graduate Research Interdisciplinary Program (GRIP) Scholarships

GRIPs bring together graduate researchers (PhD students) and academic leaders from various fields with external partners to explore an issue of global significance. Each Graduate Research Industry Partnership includes between 15 and 20 industry-driven research projects that are united under a common theme, such as:

7. Data61 Scholarships

Data61 Scholarship CSIRO’s Digital Productivity business unit and NICTA have joined forces to create digital powerhouse Data61. It is offering scholarships for PhD projects aligned with Data61 research and FIT research.

Data61 Scholarship CSIRO’s Digital Productivity business unit and NICTA have joined forces to create digital powerhouse Data61. It is offering scholarships for PhD projects aligned with Data61 research and FIT research.

8. External and Donor Funded Scholarships

A number of other scholarships are available through schemes sponsored by the Australian and the Victorian State Government. Other national governments including China, Chile, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Viet Nam also sponsor schemes as do some organisations and donors.  Please check application dates and requirements for the External and donor funded scholarships as they may vary from Monash University’s scholarships.

These scholarships include;

See also Scholarships for International students

Applying for a Graduate Research scholarship

Please note you do not have to apply for scholarships separately as you will be automatically considered for them when you apply to Monash Graduate Education for candidature and a scholarship.

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% + (or a qualification deemed to be equivalent to an honours H1 standard) may apply for research scholarships.

Eligibility

Selection criteria

Selection for scholarships is based on:

  • academic merit
  • research experience
  • publications relative to opportunity
  • alignment of the project with the Research strengths of the Faculty of Information Technology

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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.

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