We offer a range of research scholarships for graduates undertaking a higher degree by research at Victoria University.

The 2019 Victoria University Graduate Research Scholarship main round will open on 1 August 2019 and close at midnight 31 October 2019 (AEDT), for commencement in 2020.

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.

Scholarships available

Applicants only need to submit one application to be considered for all eligible graduate research scholarships - you don't need to nominate a particular scholarship on your application form.

Domestic applicants will be considered for the:

Domestic students are only required to nominate on the scholarship application form if they are applying for the VU Diversity Scholarship.

More information on these scholarships is available in by visiting the webpage for each scheme (see above) or reading the 2020 Postgraduate Research Scholarship Application Guide for RTPSS – Domestic, VUPRS and VU Postgraduate Diversity Scholarship schemes.

International applicants will be considered for:

  • RTP International, VUIPRS – note, this is only open to international applicants who completed a course at Victoria University in 2017 or since
  • Specific project-based scholarships (read the project description and funding guidelines of each project)
  • Industry-supported scholarships (note that preference will be given to domestic applicants)

More information on these scholarships is available in by visiting the webpage for each scheme (see above) or reading the 2020 Postgraduate Research Scholarship Application Guide for RTP International and VUIPRS schemes.

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants

Through the Moondani Balluk Academic Unit, VU Research offers a range of research scholarships, including:

  • Lisa Bellear  Indigenous Research Scholarship
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Scholarships
  • Foley Collection Scholarship.

More information is available on the Moondani Balluk research scholarships page.

Applications

Apply through the online application system when applications are open.

Applications

We offer three Master of Research courses with varying durations and coursework requirements. Your area's research institute will decide which course is the best match for your current qualifications and discipline background. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) courses have an 'Integrated' option to pathway into PhD study.

The Institute for Health & Sport specialises in sport, business, medical, social and policy research:

The Institute for Sustainable Industries & Liveable Cities incorporates a broad range of disciplines, including arts, education, engineering, law, science and economics:

You will need to meet the minimum academic entry requirements for admission. for Project Based Research Scholarships, Industry Supported Scholarships, Lisa Bellear Indigenous Research Scholarship, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Scholarships and Diversity Scholarships.

For RTPSS, VUPRS and VUIPRS, in addition to the academic entry requirements for admission you will need average grades of at least H1 (above 80% VU Standard) for the final year. You will also need to demonstrate a capacity to undertake significant research in your chosen field.

If your previous qualifications are from an overseas institution, your application will be assessed for equivalence to Australian Higher Education Degrees.

Academic requirements for admission to the degree

Degree name Minimum entry requirements

Master of Research

(domestic applicants only)

Master of Research Practice (1 year effective full-time)

  • Completion of an Australian Bachelor Honours degree (or equivalent) in the same discipline with an average grade of Distinction (or equivalent).

OR

  • Completion of an Australian Graduate Diploma (or equivalent) in the same discipline with an average grade of Distinction (or equivalent).

Master of Research (1.5 year effective full-time)

  • Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in the same discipline with an average grade of Distinction (or equivalent) in the final year.

OR

  • Completion of an Australian Bachelor Honours degree (or equivalent) in a different discipline with an average grade of Distinction (or equivalent).

Master of Applied Research (2 years effective full-time)

  • Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline with an average grade of Distinction (or equivalent) in the final year.

Master of Research (2 years effective full time)

(international applicants only)

  • A three or four-year bachelor degree with average grades of at least H2A/Distinction (above 70% VU standard) in the final year

OR

  • Other equivalent qualification or professional experience demonstrating a capacity to undertake a Masters by Research.
Doctor of Philosophy
  • Completion of an Australian Bachelor Honours degree (or equivalent) in the same discipline, requiring average grades of at least H2A/Distinction or equivalent.

OR

  • Completion of an Australian Masters degree (or equivalent) in the same discipline with minor thesis, requiring average grades of at least H2A/Distinction or equivalent

OR

  • Completion of an Australian Masters by research degree (or equivalent) in the same discipline requiring average grades of at least H2A/Distinction or equivalent, or demonstrated exceptional ability during partial completion of a research project in a Masters by research degree.
Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated)
  • Completion of a Masters by Coursework degree without minor thesis, with average grades of at least H2A/Distinction or equivalent.
  • Completion of a four-year Bachelors degree/Honours degree (AQF8) with average grades of at least H2A/Distinction for the final year.

For details on Australian equivalency of your overseas qualification(s), please see the  international academic requirements for a higher degree by research.

English Language Requirements

English language examination method Result
IELTS (academic module): Overall score (no band less than) 6.5 (6.0)
TOEFL Internet: Test score 79 (Listening 19, 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 examination methods not listed in this table.

If you 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.

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 Areas of Research Priority and Field of Research (FoR) Code which most closely aligns with your area of research.

Areas of Research Priority and Field of Research (FoR) Codes:

  • Accounting, Auditing and Accountability (1501)
  • Applied Economics (1402)
  • Applied Mathematics (0102)
  • Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing (0801)
  • Biochemistry and Cell Biology (0601)
  • 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)

Research proposal

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 Institute of your nominated supervisor (on the title page)
  • aims
  • significance of the research
  • methodology and research techniques
  • facilities and equipment required.

CV

Your CV should include:

  • your educational qualifications
  • most relevant and up to date professional work experience
  • a list of recent research publications, if applicable.

Applicants must nominate a potential supervisor in their online application.

Please use Find a Researcher or refer to either the Institute for Health & Sport or the Institute for Sustainable Industries & Liveable Cities to find and nominate a potential supervisor in your area.

All supervisor nominations are subject to confirmation by the relevant institute during the scholarship ranking process.

You should contact your nominated supervisor about your proposal. Your nominated supervisor will be required to submit feedback on your application separately using the Prospective Supervisor Form.

Your nominated referees must submit referee reports.

These referee reports are confidential and submitted separately by your referees using the referee report form hosted by SmartyGrants.

Make sure you provide your referees with the your application identification number so they can complete the referee report.

Notification of outcomes

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the scholarship round by mid-December 2019.

Please note that successful applicants will need to enrol by the following dates:

  • Research masters: 3 February 2020
  • PhD: 2 March 2020

Contact us

If you have any questions please email researchscholarships@vu.edu.au.