Research Pathways Advising

Hear from Dr Chris French, Director of Honours, Professor Erica Fletcher, Associate Dean for Graduate Research as well as Health Hub staff and past students as they discuss pathway opportunities for students after Honours.

This webinar was put together through the collaboration of the Student Life team and Honours Admissions staff members.


  • When should I apply for Graduate Research?

    Graduate Research applications can be lodged at any time throughout the calendar year. We advise applying before October 31st. Commencing the program in January is not recommended. For more information, visit the Future Student page.

  • Why is it not recommended to commence a PhD in January?

    December and January is usually the time when supervisors and members of your academic committee may take time off. Your milestones for the PhD fall in line with your submission date. For example, if you commence on the 5th of January, all of your review meetings will take place on the 5th of January and it may not be possible to gather all of your committee members to have those meetings. However, if that is what will work for you and you committee, you can still commence in January.

  • How can I apply for Graduate Research?

    If you're a current student, you can apply through your my.unimelb account. If you're a new student, you can apply online via our online application portal. Remember to check any additional requirements!

  • Can you apply to a PhD and then withdraw your application if you decide against it?

    Yes, you can. If you have applied and have changed your mind, you can contact

  • How can I contact a potential supervisor?

    Personalise your enquiry email to the academic you reach out to, explain why you have considered them as a supervisor and refer to any relevant publications. Provide your academic transcripts showing your grades, CV and any additional supporting documentation.

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