Apply for a graduate research scholarship
A range of graduate research scholarships are available for graduate researchers undertaking a higher degree by research at Victoria University.
The main round of graduate research scholarship applications are accepted during the following periods each year (for commencement in the following academic year):
- International applicants - 1 August to 30 September.
- Domestics applicants - 1 September to 28 October.
The main round for graduate research sholarships is currently closed and will reopen in 2016.
Please note: If your application is not dependent upon a main round graduate research scholarship you can apply for a research degree at any time throughout the year. In addition to these scholarships there are a range of other options for funding your research degree.
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Which scholarship do I apply for?
Applicants need only submit one application to be considered for a graduate research scholarship.
All international applicants will be considered for the IPRS, VUIPRS and College Centenary Postgraduate Research Scholarships and are not required to nominate a particular scholarship on their application form.
All domestic applicants will be considered for the APA, VUPRS, Vice Chancellors Graduate Research Award and College Centenary Postgraduate Research scholarships. Domestic students are only required to nominate on the scholarship application form if they are applying for the Diversity scholarship.
More information about these scholarships including value and eligibility is available on the Graduate Research Scholarships page. Applicants are also advised to read the Graduate Scholarship Application Guide.
How to apply for a research scholarship?
Step 1: Select a degree
Research scholarship applicants must specify which research degree they are applying for and the College they will be studying within.
- Masters by Research: build on skills and knowledge from an undergraduate degree.
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): conduct research that leads to new knowledge or re-interprets existing ideas, theories and approaches.
- Professional Doctorates: focus on issues in a particular profession and develop your ability to conduct independent research that makes an original contribution to improving practice. Research scholarships are offered for the following Professional Doctorates:
Students within Year 1 of the PhD (Integrated) are not eligible for a scholarship but are able to apply for Year 2 onwards.
Step 2: Check your eligibility for a graduate research scholarship
Eligibility for scholarships varies depending on the scholarship, and whether you are a domestic applicant (defined as an Australian citizen/permanent resident/New Zealand citizen) or an international applicant.
Step 3: Meet minimum academic entry requirements
- All PhD, Professional Doctorate and Masters by Research applicants must meet the University's minimum academic entry requirement of a 70% (Distinction VU standard) average in the most relevant qualifying degree.
- To be considered for a graduate research scholarships in what is always a highly competitive process, applicants are expected to have at minimum 1st class honours (80%+ average) or the equivalent to 1st class honours.
|Degree Name||Minimum Entry Requirement|
|Doctor of Philosophy||
A four-year bachelor degree with honours, or an honours degree at H2A/Distinction (above 70% VU standard)
|Master by Research||
A three or four year bachelor degree with average grades of at least H2A/Distinction (above 70% VU standard) in the final year,
|Doctor of Business Administration||
A Master of Business degree or its equivalent with average grades of at least H2A/Distinction (70% VU standard)
|Doctor of Education
(Australian residents only)
A four-year Bachelor of Education with honours at H1 (80 -100% VU standard) or H2A (70 - 79% VU standard) honours level
A Master of Education by coursework degree with minor thesis with average grades of at least H2A/Distinction (above 70% VU standard)
An acceptable alternative Masters qualification
Significant professional experience of at least three years
For details on Australian comparability of your overseas qualification(s), please refer to the international academic requirements for a higher degree by research.
|English language examination method||Result|
|IELTS (academic module): Overall score (no band less than)||6.5 (6.0)|
|TOEFL Internet: Test score||79 (Listening19, Speaking 19, Reading 18, Writing 22)|
|Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score (with no section score less than):||58-64 (50)|
|University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Total score of||58|
|VU English - University Preparation UPP (Postgraduate)||Achieved|
|English Language School in Sydney (ELSIS) - EAP 2 (advanced)||A grade|
In some circumstances we will accept test results from other methods of examination not listed in this table.
If you have completed a qualification where English was the primary language of instruction, you may be eligible for an English language exemption. Check our Guide to English Language Requirements to find out if you qualify for an exemption.
Step 4: Review our Areas of Research Focus
Applications are ranked on the basis of merit with preference given to applicants who pursue a research degree in one of Victoria University’s areas of research focus.
As a graduate research scholarship applicant you are required (within the application form) to name the Research Focus Area which most closely aligns with your area of research.
Step 5: Prepare your Research Proposal and CV
All Higher Degree by Research applicants are required to prepare a research proposal for submission.
Your research proposal should be 1- 2 pages (typed, A4) containing:
- Title of the research proposal
- Name and College of your nominated supervisor (on the title page)
- Significance of the research
- Methodology and research techniques
- Facilities and equipment required
Your CV should include:
- your educational qualifications
- most relevant and up to date professional work experience
Step 6: Confirm your supervisor
Applicants must have supervision confirmed before submitting their application form.
- Use the table below to identify the Academic Point of Contact for the Research Theme that most closely matches your research area.
- Send an email to the Academic Point of Contact for your selected research theme:
- request the nomination of a principal supervisor appropriate to your research area.
- attach a copy of your Research Proposal and CV.
- Once your supervision has been confirmed you will be required to provide the name of the confirmed supervisor on your application form and attach the confirmation email.
|Research Theme||Academic Point of Contact Details|
|Cultural and social studies, including cultural diversity and well-being||
Professor Michele Grossman
Chronic disease, prevention and management
Professor Maximilian de Courten
|Community health, including nursing, psychology and social work||
Professor Marty Grace (Social work)
|Engineering, including chemical, civil, electrical, electronic, fire safety, mechanical and risk engineering|
|Food science, processing and packaging|
|Economics, including policy studies and strategic economic development|
Dr Karina Smith
Supply chain and logistics
|Assoc. Professor Hermione Parsons
|Sport: science, exercise, human movement and active living||Professor Andrew Stewart
Medical physiology, pharmacology & pharmaceutical sciences
|Applied informatics, mathematics, computing and artificial intelligence||Professor Yanchun Zhang
|Education: policy and systems, equity and access, and the educational experience across the lifespan||
Dr Gwen Gilmore
If your intended topic of research does not align with one of the above Research Themes please contact the relevant College Research and Research Training Director in order to confirm supervision:
College of Arts: Professor Anthony Love
College of Business: Professor Anne-Marie Hede
College of Education: Dr Marg Malloch
College of Engineering and Science: Professor Stephen Bigger
College of Health and Biomedicine: Lily Stojanovska
College of Law and Justice: Professor Anona Armstrong
College of Sport and Exercise Science: Professor Andrew Stewart
Step 7: Submit your application
The application form is an interactive PDF that must be downloaded, opened and completed in a current version of Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader.
Before you submit your application:
- Review the information in the Graduate Scholarship Application Guide
- Download How to complete the graduate scholarship application form guide. This contains essential information that will assist you with completing your application.
- Download and complete the Graduate Research Scholarships Application Form.
- Combine the application form and all the supporting documentation (including the email confirming supervision provided by the Academic Point of Contact) into a single PDF file. A full list of required and supporting documentation is available in ‘How to complete the Scholarship Application Form’ document.
- Attached the PDF file to a single email.
- Submit the completed application and supporting documentation (as a single email) to the appropriate email address by the deadline specified below.
Step 8: Referee reports
Forward the Graduate Research Scholarship Referee Report Forms to your nominated referees with a request they complete, sign and submit the forms to firstname.lastname@example.org by the appropriate deadline.
Notification of outcomes
Both Domestic and International applicants will be contacted in mid December regarding the outcome of their application.
If you have any questions please email email@example.com.