Victoria University welcomes International students (who do not have Australian or New Zealand citizenship or Australian Permanent Residency).

International graduate researchers are eligible for the following scholarships:

  • Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarships – International
  • VU International Postgraduate Research Scholarship
  • Industry Supported Scholarships (preference given to Domestic applicants)
  • Selected Project-Based Research Scholarship
  • Foley Collection Research Scholarship.

Graduate research scholarships include tuition fees as well as a living allowance (stipend) of $29,000 (2021 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.

Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship – International

RTP Stipend Scholarships – International are awarded to graduate researchers on the basis of academic merit and research potential who are currently residing in Australia.

RTP Stipend Scholarship – International includes:

  • overseas student health cover
  • a living allowance of $29,000 per year (2021 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.

 

Industry Supported Scholarships

Industry Supported scholarships relate to specific PhD projects agreed with our industry partners, who contribute at least half the funds for the stipends.

Stipends and fee offset are also supported through the Australian Government Research Training Program.

The Award includes:

  • annual stipend value: at least $29,000 per year (2021 rate); some stipends are at a higher value
  • overseas student health cover
  • 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.

For more details on Industry Supported Scholarships and associated projects, see Project-based scholarships

Note: Domestic applicants will be given preference for Industry Supported Scholarships.

Project-based scholarships

Victoria University offers scholarships to undertake a PhD or Masters on a specific topic as part of an externally funded research project. Because conditions and stipend value vary for these projects, you should read the application guide for each scholarship carefully to ensure International students are eligible to apply for it.

As a minimum, each scholarship includes:

  • annual stipend value: at least $29,000 per year (2021 rate); note that some stipends are at a higher value
  • overseas student health cover
  • 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
  • tuition fees.

Find out more about our project-based scholarships.

Victoria University International Research Scholarship (VUIPRS)

Victoria University International Postgraduate Research Scholarships are awarded to graduate researchers based on the basis of academic merit and research potential who are currently residing in Australia 

Each VUIPRS includes:

  • overseas student health cover
  • a living allowance of $29,000 per year (2021 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.

Eligibility

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

Applicants for a RTP Stipend Scholarship – International or VU International Postgraduate Research Scholarship must also:

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:

Applications are only accepted for new domestic and international applicants (currently residing in Australia) in the Doctor of Philosophy and masters degrees by research. Already enrolled candidates in a research degree at Victoria University or another institution are ineligible to apply for this round.

Contact us

  • Phone: +61 3 9919 6100
  • Chat with us online
  • Ask questions at GOTOVU (potential student)
  • Ask questions at ASKVU (current research candidate or supervisor).