MDHS Graduate Research Trust Scholarships Terms and Conditions

  • MDHS graduate research trust scholarships are funded from trust income and as such, the purpose of these funds is limited by the rules of the trust and the level of funding available in each round.
  • Amounts advertised are approximate and the final amount to be awarded will be confirmed at the time of offer.
  • Funds awarded may be shared among more than one recipient, at the discretion of the Research Training Committee.
  • Should you be awarded a multi-year scholarship to support your research higher degree studies, (eg. MRS, Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships (formerly APA), NHMRC, Cancer Council, etc), you must notify Research Development as soon as you are aware of the offer. The Faculty expects students will take up external scholarship funding whenever this is offered and in place of the MDHS graduate research trust scholarship. Where a MDHS graduate research trust scholarship is offered for travel purposes, holders of multi-year scholarships are eligible to apply.
  • MDHS graduate research trust scholarships are normally paid at the same rate as the Melbourne Research Scholarship (MRS), however other benefits and conditions of the MRS scheme such as paid sick or maternity leave may not be available due to limitations on the availability of funds). Refer to your offer letter for information about the rate applicable to your award.
  • The majority of graduate research trust scholarships are opened for applications in the application round that closes 31st October each year.
  • MDHS graduate research trust scholarships are normally paid fortnightly.
  • If you are commencing graduate research studies for the first time, the graduate research trust scholarship is normally offered for up to 3.5 years subject to satisfactory academic progress. You must commence between 1st February and 31 August. Recipients must reapply every 12 months. The MDHS graduate research trust scholarship will cease if:
    • you submit your thesis for examination.
    • your enrolment is discontinued, terminated, lapsed or you withdraw from your degree.
  • MDHS graduate research trust scholarships are awarded as support for the graduate research student in the form of stipends / living allowances. Items for which MDHS graduate research trust scholarships cannot be used include, but may not be limited to: equipment or other resource purchases, relocation expenses, conference or travel funding, thesis production costs, paid leave, except where the offer letter specifies that these expenses may be funded.
  • Only students enrolled through schools of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne are eligible for MDHS graduate research trust scholarships.
  • Students based at affiliated Medical Research Institutes are ineligible for MDHS graduate research trust scholarships.
  • Variations to your enrolment may affect the payment of the scholarship; always consult with the Research Development team or the MDHS Learning and Teaching Unit before making changes to your enrolment.
  • Students in the following categories are ineligible for MDHS graduate research trust scholarships:
    • AWOL
    • Lapsed
    • Withdrawn
    • Under Examination
    • Discontinued
    • Passed/Completed
  • Where an MDHS graduate research trust scholarship makes specific provision for travel support, presentations or overseas placement, recipients are required to provide receipts for reimbursement of any expenses for which the scholarship was awarded. Recipients of awards for travel purposes are required to complete a Faculty Travel Report form within 2 months of their return to Melbourne.
  • The MDHS graduate research trust scholarships may be held part-time if you are enrolled part-time. The payment will be spread over the part-time equivalent of 12 months from the commencement of the scholarship (except for discontinuation, termination, submission of thesis for examination or leave of absence). Some trusts specify the duration of the scholarship must be for one year; for these trusts, payments will only be made over 12 months.
  • Where an MDHS graduate research trust scholarships holder changes from full-time to part-time enrolment, the balance of the scholarship will be paid at half the rate for the part-time equivalent period. For example, if six months full-time candidature remains and you convert to part-time, the scholarship may be paid for 12 months at half the rate, consistent with continuing enrolment and satisfactory academic progress).
  • MDHS graduate research trust scholarships are funded from trust funds established through the generosity of alumni, former staff and other benefactors as well as philanthropic foundations. Recipients of MDHS graduate research trust scholarships are required to acknowledge the support of the donor or trust on publications and in the thesis, provide a progress report so that donors may understand the use to which the funds are being put, or be asked to attend thank you, award, prize-giving or other ceremonies to acknowledge the generous support that has made the scholarship possible. Holders of MDHS graduate research trust scholarships are expected to participate and/or comply with requirements such as those outlined above.