Future graduate researchers

We are passionate about the training and mentoring of the next generation of scientists.

Things to consider before submitting an application:

Step 1 - Am I eligible?

Entry requirements

You must meet the minimum academic entry requirements for your intended course. Check the Handbook to learn what these are.

Scholarship eligibility

Graduate Research Scholarships selection is based on academic merit. You must be of First Class Honours H1 or 80%* or higher to be competitive for scholarship selection.

*University of Melbourne equivalent

Step 2 - Which research topic?

You are required to liaise and gain support of a potential supervisor before submitting an online application. You will work under the guidance of at least two supervisors and an advisory committee throughout the duration of your research degree.

You can find a list of projects in our Research Project Database or below:

Biomedical Projects by Theme

Dental Projects by Theme

Health Sciences Projects by Theme

Medical Projects by Theme

Population and Global Health Projects by Theme

Psychological Sciences Projects by Theme

Affiliated Research Institutes

Each research project has a research group leader that you may contact to request support for your application.

If you wish to pursue an area of research that is not defined in the list of current research projects, you can search for academics in your intended research area by using our Find an Expert directory.

Step 3 - When should I apply?

Graduate Research Applications may be lodged at any time throughout the calendar year.

You will automatically be considered for the Graduate Research Scholarships and Faculty based scholarships available to you. Only applications for admission that are complete and received by the closing dates will be considered for a Graduate Research Scholarship in that round.

Most scholarships are awarded in the first two rounds. You are strongly encouraged to submit your application before 31 October.

Applications for 2019 that are complete and received by this date

Applicants should be notified of the outcome by

31 October 2018

14 December 2018

28 November 2018

22 February 2019

20 February 2019

5 April 2019

8 May 2019

12 July 2019

Step 4 – Gather your documents

Ensure you have following documentation ready before you submit your application:

  • A current CV outlining education background, prior professional and research experience and publications relevant to your proposed research project.
  • Scanned copy in colour of the original document of all higher education transcripts, completion statement (official translation, if applicable) and grading schemes.
  • A copy of the email(s) showing your nominated supervisor has agreed to support your application
  • Research summary (100 words)
  • Contact details of two academic referees. If you have prior professional and/or research experience, please provide employer referee/s for each position held. Your referees will be required to provide information about your academic ability and judgement of your research potential.

Step 5 – Submit an online application

Graduate Research Applications

To avoid delays in the assessment of your application, please ensure you follow the online application instructions carefully and upload all the required documents. Assessment of your application will only commence once you have provided all required documents.

Please allow 4-12 weeks for your application to be processed. You will be notified of the outcome via email. If you are offered a place at the University of Melbourne, your letter of offer will explain the enrolment process.

Step 6 – Accepting your offer and enrolling

If your application is successful, you will receive an offer letter by email.

To accept your course and scholarship offer, follow the instructions in your offer letter.

The course offer letter you receive will contain instructions on enrolling into your course. If you receive a conditional offer for a course, you must satisfy the offer conditions before you can enrol.

You must complete your enrolment and a local induction before you can commence your research. All academic units (department, school, institute or centre) run local inductions and graduate researchers are required to attend a local induction. Please liaise with your supervisor about your proposed start date and induction.

All graduate researchers are expected to attend a University Orientation in their first year of enrolment. Please refer to Melbourne CSHE for registration dates.