Victoria University's world-leading researchers are available to supervise successful graduate research scholarship applicants. We will help you become a research-qualified professional.

We offer scholarships for tuition fees and a living allowance (stipend) to assist graduate research students with the costs of their study.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit with preference given to students undertaking projects in:

  • one of our areas of research priority (see on this page)
  • areas relevant to the research being undertaken in our research institutes and centres
  • projects supported by industry partners or part of externally funded research programs
  • Moondani Balluk research scholarships, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and research using the Foley Collection.

You may be eligible for a graduate research scholarship while you study.

Application dates

Applications for the 2020 main round scholarships (for commencement in 2021) are now open from 10 August 2020 to 11 October 2020 midnight (AEST). These will include:

  •  RTP Stipend Scholarships (Domestic and International)
  •  VU diversity scholarship
  •  Moondani Balluk Research Scholarships
  •  Nigel Stepto Doctoral Research Scholarship.

For applicants waiting on results from Victoria University or other Australian Institute will have until midnight (AEST) 1 November 2020 to upload your results to your application. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.


Other options for funding your research degree

In addition to these research scholarships there are a range of other options for getting assistance with some of your research degree costs including fee scholarships and government funding schemes. Read more about options for funding your research degree.

Don't forget to also check out the externally-funded scholarships - see section for postgraduate coursework and research scholarships.

Areas of research priority

Following are our areas of research priority, with the relevant Field of Research (FoR) Codes:

  • Accounting, Auditing and Accountability (1501)
  • Applied Economics (1402)
  • Applied Mathematics (0102)
  • Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing (0801)
  • Business and Management (1503)
  • Chemical Engineering (0904)
  • Civil Engineering (0905)
  • Cultural Studies (2002)
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy (1302)
  • Distributed Computing (0805)
  • Ecology (0602)
  • Education Systems (1301)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering (0906)
  • Food Sciences (0908)
  • Historical Studies (2103)
  • Human Movement and Sports Science (1106)
  • Information Systems (0806)
  • Law (1801)
  • Mechanical Engineeering (0913)
  • Medical Physiology (1116)
  • Nursing (1110)
  • Psychology (1701)
  • Public Health and Health Services (1117)
  • Social Work (1607)
  • Sociology (1608)
  • Specialist Studies in Education (1303)
  • Tourism (1506)