International graduate researchers and those who do not have Australian citizenship, Australian permanent residency or New Zealand citizenship are eligible for the following scholarships:

  • Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship – International

  • VU International Postgraduate Research Scholarship.

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

The international postgraduate research scholarships provide financial assistance to students with excellent academic qualifications who are participating in postgraduate research programs in Australia. These scholarships support high quality research and are awarded on the basis of academic merit.

Competition is intense and only those applicants with outstanding academic results are likely to be successful.

Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship – International

RTP Stipend Scholarship – International includes:

  • overseas student health cover
  • a living allowance of $27,082 per year (2018 rate)
  • an RTP Fee Offset Scholarship exempting the recipient from paying tuition fees.

The scholarship does not cover other costs such as:

  • English-language testing
  • bridging programs or English-language programs
  • travel costs from overseas.

More information is available in the Conditions and Benefits (International awardees) section of the  Graduate Scholarship Application Guide.

Victoria University International Research Scholarship (VUIPRS)

VUIPRS includes:

  • living allowance of $27,082 per year (2018 rate)
  • Overseas Students Health Care (OSHC).

In addition, successful applicants will be awarded a 100% tuition fees scholarship, which provides a waiver of tuition fees for the duration of the course.

The scholarship does not cover other costs such as:

  • English-language testing
  • bridging programs or English-language programs
  • travel costs from overseas.

More information is available in the Conditions and Benefits (International awardees) section of the  Graduate Scholarship Application Guide.

Eligibility

To be eligible for an RTP Stipend Scholarship – International, or VUIPRS, applicants must:

You are not eligible for an RTP Stipend Scholarship – International, or VUIPRS, if you are currently studying, or have recently studied, on an AIDAB or AUSAID scholarship and are applying for an IPRS immediately following the AIDAB/AUSAID funded studies.

Priority will be given to applicants who:

  • have not already obtained a PhD degree or equivalent if they are proposing to undertake another one
  • have already obtained a masters degree by research and are proposing to undertake another masters degree by research
  • have not previously held an IPRS, VUIPRS or OPRS (unless it was for a masters by research degree, and you are applying for an IPRS to undertake PhD studies).

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

Email your questions to researchscholarships@vu.edu.au.

Other scholarship opportunities

Other scholarship opportunities exist with varying values and eligibility requirements. Refer to International scholarships for details of other scholarships that are funded by governments and VU collaborations.

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.