Graduate researchers who have Australian citizenship, Australian permanent residency or New Zealand citizenship are eligible for the following scholarships:

  • Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarships – Domestic

  • VU Diversity Postgraduate Research Scholarship

  • VU Postgraduate Research Scholarship.

Graduate research scholarships include tuition fees as well as a living allowance (stipend) of $27,082 (2018 rate) per year.

Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarships – Domestic

RTP Stipend Scholarships – Domestic are awarded to graduate researchers on the basis of academic merit and research potential. The Award includes:

Successful recipients will still have to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) every semester.

Successful RTP Stipend Scholarship (Domestic) applicants are also assessed for the Vice Chancellor's Graduate Research Award.

VU Diversity Graduate Research Scholarship

The VU Diversity Graduate Research Scholarship (VU Diversity Scholarship) provides living allowance support to promising researchers wishing to undertaking a graduate research degree. It is designed to increase the diversity of graduate researchers at VU.

VU is committed to encouraging people whose educational opportunities have been disrupted or adversely affected by their life circumstances to participate in graduate research. Applicants must meet the diversity eligibility criteria to be considered for this scholarship.

The Award includes:

Successful recipients will still have to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) every semester.

VU Postgraduate Research Scholarship (VUPRS)

Victoria University Postgraduate Research Scholarships are awarded to graduate researchers on the basis of academic merit and research potential.

The Award includes:

Successful recipients will still have to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) every semester.

Vice Chancellor's Graduate Research Award

In addition to the three main scholarship schemes on this page, successful RTP Stipend Scholarship (Domestic) applicants will be also considered for the Vice Chancellor’s Graduate Research Award. This award will be offered to those applicants that are high achievers and whose research is strategically aligned with the University’s research focus.

The Vice Chancellor’s Graduate Research Award comprises a top-up living allowance (stipend) to a combined total of $35,000 per year (RTP Stipend annual amount plus a top up to a total of $35,000 per annum).

Eligibility

To be eligible for one of these scholarships, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or New Zealand citizen
  • have completed at least four years of tertiary education studies at a high level of achievement. For example:
    • a four-year undergraduate degree
    • a three-year degree and an honours year
    • a three-year degree and one year of a higher degree
    • a three-year course and one year of a masters preliminary or other qualifying program
    • or a three-year degree and a postgraduate diploma
  • be undertaking a masters by research or doctoral research degree
  • enrol as a full-time student (part-time awards may be available for compelling social or medical reasons)
  • have had your enrolment into the proposed degree approved by the institution.

You are not eligible for one of these scholarships if you are receiving another equivalent award, scholarship or salary to undertake the proposed program (“equivalent” stipend is regarded as more than $17,000 per annum).

Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarships – Domestic

To be eligible for an RTP Stipend Scholarship you must also have achieved first-class honours or equivalent results.

VU Diversity Scholarship

To be eligible for a VU Diversity Scholarship you must also provide evidence that you have experienced one or more of the following that have disrupted or adversely affected your studies:

  • traumatic events beyond your control
  • significant illness and/or disability
  • socioeconomic and/or family circumstances.

In addition to providing supporting evidence, you must submit a confidential statement of no more than one page, outlining how your circumstances have adversely affected your studies and academic career.

Applicants may also apply for the VU Diversity Postgraduate Research Scholarship under the category of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. If you are a prospective Indigenous Australian applicant, you are encouraged to submit a VU Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (ASTI) Profile Information form in conjunction with your scholarship application.

VU recognises that indigenous Australians are under-represented in graduate research studies and encourages qualified indigenous applicants to undertake their research studies at VU.

Vice Chancellor's Graduate Research Award

To be eligible for the Vice Chancellor's Graduate Research Award you must also demonstrate academic excellence and conduct research that is strategically aligned with the University’s research focus.

How to apply

For information about applying for a scholarship please refer to the instructions detailed on the Apply for a graduate research scholarship page.

Contact us

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

Externally-funded scholarships

External organisations offer scholarships for students throughout the year.

Before you view the external scholarships available, please note:

  • the following information is listed at the request of the external organisations
  • we try to ensure these opportunities are legitimate but we don’t endorse any of the organisations or information listed
  • you are responsible for making your own enquiries prior to submission of an application or contact with any external organisation.