Graduate research scholarships

Professor Stephen Gray
Professor Stephen Gray

Victoria University has world leading researchers available to supervise successful graduate research scholarship applicants to become the next generation of research-qualified professionals.

Victoria University offers scholarships for tuition fees and a living allowance (stipend) to assist graduate research students (both domestic and international) with the costs of their study. 

Priority will be given to applicants who pursue a research degree in one of Victoria University’s areas of research focus and of relevance to the research being undertaken in our Research Institutes/Centres and Academic Colleges.

Main research scholarship round

Applications for the main round of research scholarships (APA, VUPRS, VU diversity scholarship, IPRS and VUIPRS) are accepted during the following periods each year (for commencement in the following academic year):

  • International applicants - 1 August to 30 September.
  • Domestics applicants - 1 September to 30 October.

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.

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Which graduate research scholarship is for you?

For domestic applicants 

  • Australian Postgraduate Award
  • VU Postgraduate Research Scholarship
  • VU Diversity Postgraduate Research Scholarship 

Graduate research scholarships include tuition fees as well as a living allowance (stipend) of $25,849* per annum.

For international applicants

  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarships
  • VU International Postgraduate Research Scholarship

Graduate research scholarships include tuition fees as well as a living allowance (stipend) of $25,849* per annum.

*These graduate research scholarships are indexed annually with the 2015 rate provided.

Are there any special awards for high achieving applicants?

In addition to the above scholarship schemes, successful applicants will be considered for the following awards. Awards will be offered to those applicants that are high achievers and whose research is strategically aligned with the University’s research focus.

  • Vice Chancellor’s Graduate Research Award. This award is comprised of tuition fees as well as a living allowance (stipend) of $35,000 per annum.
  • College Centenary Postgraduate Research Scholarships. This award, in each of the University’s Colleges, is comprised of tuition fees as well as a living allowance (stipend) of $30,000 per annum.

Domestic research scholarships

Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)

Australian Postgraduate Awards are awarded to graduate researchers on the basis of academic merit and research potential.

Annual Stipend Value Tuition fees Open for
$25,849 RTS Domestic applicants only

In addition to a living allowance of $25,849 per annum (2015 rate) each APA scholarship holder will receive a Research Training Scheme (RTS) place. This will exempt the scholarship holder from paying tuition fees for the duration of the scholarship. Successful recipients will still have to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) every semester.

Successful APA applicants are also assessed for the Vice Chancellor's Graduate Research Award.

Eligibility

To be eligible for an APA, applicants must:

  • Be Australian citizens, or have been granted permanent resident status (This includes New Zealand citizens who are granted permanent residency status on arrival).
  • Have completed at least four years of tertiary education studies at a high level of achievement. For example:
    • a four year undergraduate degree (e.g. Engineering or Law)
    • 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
  • Have achieved First Class Honours or equivalent results
  • Be undertaking a Masters by Research or Doctoral research degree in 2016
  • Enrol as a full-time student (Part-time awards may be available for compelling social or medical reasons)
  • Have had their enrolment into the proposed degree approved by the institution

You are not eligible for an APA if you:

  • If you have not achieved First Class Honours or equivalent results
  • Have already completed a degree at the same level as the proposed candidature or at a higher level
  • Have held an APA or APA (Industry) previously unless it was terminated within six months of the commencement of benefits
  • Are receiving another equivalent award, scholarship or salary to undertake the proposed program (“equivalent” stipend is regarded as more than $17,000 per annum)

Victoria University Post Graduate Research Scholarship (VUPRS)

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

Annual Stipend Value Tuition fees Open for
$25,849 RTS Domestic applicants only

In addition to a living allowance of $25,849 per annum (2015 rate) each VUPRS scholarship holder will receive a Research Training Scheme (RTS) place. This will exempt the scholarship holder from paying tuition fees for the duration of the scholarship. Successful recipients will still have to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) every semester.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a VU Postgraduate Research Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be Australian citizens, OR have been granted permanent resident status (This includes New Zealand citizens who are granted permanent residency status on arrival).
  • Have completed a four year undergraduate degree, or equivalent. For example:
    • a four year undergraduate degree (e.g. Engineering or Law)
    • 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 in 2016
  • Enrol as a full-time student (Part-time awards may be available for compelling social or medical reasons)

You are not eligible for a VU Scholarship if you:

  • Have already completed a degree at the same level as the proposed candidature or at a higher level
  • Have held any Victoria University Postgraduate Research Scholarship previously unless it was terminated within six months of the commencement of benefits
  • Are receiving another equivalent award, scholarship or salary to undertake the proposed program (“equivalent” stipend is regarded as more than $17,000 per annum)

VU Diversity Graduate Research Scholarship (VU Diversity Scholarship)

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

VU is committed to encouraging participation in graduate research of people whose educational opportunities have been disrupted or adversely affected by their life circumstances.

Applicants must meet the diversity eligibility criteria to be considered for this scholarship.

Annual Stipend Value Tuition fees Open for
$25,849 RTS Domestic applicants only

In addition to a living allowance of $25,849 per annum (2015 rate) each scholarship holder will receive a Research Training Scheme (RTS) place. This will exempt the scholarship holder from paying tuition fees for the duration of the scholarship. Successful recipients will still have to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) every semester.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Diversity Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be Australian citizens, OR have been granted permanent resident status (This includes New Zealand citizens who are granted permanent residency status on arrival)
  • Can 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
  • Have completed a four year undergraduate degree, or equivalent. For example:
    • a four year undergraduate degree (e.g. Engineering or Law)
    • a three year degree and an Honours year
    • a three year degree and a postgraduate diploma
    • a three year degree and one year of a higher degree
  • Be undertaking a Masters by Research or Doctoral research degree in 2016
  • Enrol as a full-time student (Part-time awards may be available for compelling social or medical reasons)
  • Have had their enrolment into the proposed degree approved by the institution

You are not eligible for a Diversity Scholarship if you:

  • Have already completed a degree at the same or higher level as the proposed candidature
  • Have held any Victoria University Postgraduate Research Scholarship previously unless it was terminated within six months of the commencement of benefits
  • Are receiving another equivalent award, scholarship or salary to undertake the proposed program (“equivalent” stipend is regarded as more than $17,000 per annum)

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

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.

International research scholarships

The purpose of the International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) and the Victoria University International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (VUIPRS) is to support high quality research by assisting students with excellent academic qualifications who wish to participate in postgraduate research programs in Australia. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and it should be noted that the competition is intense and only those applicants with outstanding academic results are likely to be successful.

The International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS)

Annual Stipend Value Open for
$25,849 International applicants only

IPRS covers the full tuition costs, overseas student health cover and a VU International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (VUIPRS) which provides a living allowance of $25,849 per annum (2015 rate).  More information is available in the Conditions and Benefits (International awardees) section of the Graduate Scholarship Application Guide.

The Victoria University International Research Scholarship (VUIPRS)

Annual Stipend Value Open for
$25,849 International applicants only

VUIPRS provides a living allowance of $25,849 per annum (2015 rate). 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. More information is available in the Conditions and Benefits (International awardees) section of the Graduate Scholarship Application Guide.

Eligibility

To be eligible for an IPRS and VUIPRS, applicants must:

You are not eligible for an IPRS or VUIPRS if you:

  • Have already obtained a PhD degree or equivalent.
  • Have already obtained a Masters degree by Research and are proposing to undertake another Masters degree by Research.
  • Have 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).
  • 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.

You may not be eligible if you have already enrolled for more than one semester in the degree for which you are applying for IPRS and VUIPRS funding. Please contact the Scholarships Coordinator via researchscholarships@vu.edu.au if this is your situation.

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.