Graduate research scholarships

The University of Melbourne offers generous and comprehensive scholarship opportunities to recognise talent and support graduate researchers.

Applications for COVID-19 stipend extensions are now open for doctoral candidates whose stipend expires between 1 June – 31 August 2020. Visit the COVID-19 scholarship extensions page for further information and the application form.

For candidates whose stipend ends between 1 September and the end of the year, a Candidature Management form will be used. We will alert you when applications open.

Graduate researchers who have applied for a graduate research degree are automatically considered for a range of scholarships, however some other scholarships require a standalone application.

If you currently hold a research scholarship awarded by another higher education provider, and you wish to commence or resume a graduate research degree at the University of Melbourne, you will need to apply for admission and be considered again for a research scholarship.

Find the right scholarship for you


Research scholarships may provide a stipend, specific allowance or tuition fee remission or offset.

Scholarship benefits can only be activated if you have accepted your scholarship offer, commenced your course, updated your bank details and met the conditions of your scholarship as specified in your scholarship offer.

The University also administers Research Training Program Scholarships on behalf of the Australian Government.

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Scholarships that provide a one-off payment or a stipend are paid every fortnight via the University’s Payroll, and will appear as a University of Melbourne Salary on your bank statement.

For more information, see scholarship payment dates.

Fee remissions

Domestic graduate researchers who are offered a masters degree by research or doctoral degree will be enrolled in a fee exempt place and receive a Research Training Program Fee Offset Scholarship to acknowledge the contribution from the Australian Government towards the cost of their tuition.

Please note tuition fee remission scholarships do not cover the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). If the SSAF appears on your Statement of Liability, you are required to pay it.

International graduate researchers who receive a scholarship that provides a partial or full fee remission will have their remission activated after accepting their course and scholarship offer, and before they are due to commence their course. If you do receive an invoice, please contact Stop 1.

Overseas Student Health Cover

Some scholarships for international graduate researchers who require a student visa to study in Australia will provide Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). If the University arranges OSHC on your behalf, the membership cost is automatically covered.

Acknowledging funding

All financial support for your research, including Australian Government stipend and fee remissions, should be acknowledged in your thesis and other publications.

Providing your bank and address details

Bank details

You should provide or update your bank and address details as soon as possible after accepting your offer. If we do not have your bank details, we cannot make payments.

To update your bank details:

  1. Log into my.unimelb
  2. Click on the ‘Student admin’ tab, and go to ‘Financial support’
  3. Select ‘View and update my bank account details’
  4. Click on ‘Update’ and enter your bank details, then click 'Save'.

Please note:

  • Scholarship payments can only be made to an Australian bank account.
  • You will need the name and 6-digit BSB number of your bank. If you do not know your BSB, contact your bank.
  • The BSB and account number should only contain numbers. Do not include dashes, letters or spaces. This will cause an error and stop us processing payment.

Address details

For information on how to check or update your address details, see our How do I update my contact details? FAQ.

To avoid delays in receiving your payments, make sure:

Most scholarships provided by the University of Melbourne are equity or merit-based scholarships. Payments from these scholarships are exempt from the Centrelink income test as long as they are less than the payment threshold. Any scholarship amounts over the threshold may affect your Centrelink payment rate.

Commonwealth scholarships, or scholarships that provide a tuition fee remission or exemption, are not considered income for Centrelink purposes.

For further information, please refer to the Department of Human Services website.

Notifying Centrelink about your scholarship

If you have applied for or are receiving Centrelink benefits, you are obliged to notify Centrelink of any scholarships you have received. We will not do this on your behalf.

If you are asked for a scholarship reference number, you can fill the field with your student ID number.

If you are asked for evidence of your scholarship(s), you can request one by submitting an online enquiry. This scholarship statement will include the details of your current (active) scholarships.

Income tax

Scholarship payments are normally exempt from income tax, as long as:

  1. You are enrolled full-time
  2. The scholarship is provided for educational purposes, and not as part of an employment agreement.

If you are enrolled part-time, the University will withhold income tax from your scholarship payments to avoid the accumulation of a tax debt. You will be asked to provide a Tax File Number Declaration with your instructions on the treatment of the tax-free threshold. At the end of each financial year, the University will provide you with a PAYG Group Certificate to assist with your Tax Return. We recommend you seek independent tax advice to ensure that your individual circumstances are covered.

For more information, see:

Concurrent scholarships or awards

Recipients of a Graduate Research Scholarship are permitted to receive a concurrent award, scholarship or salary in relation to their course of study, provided the concurrent awards, scholarship or salary is less than 75% of the annual value of the living allowance.

For further information, please refer to the Graduate Research Scholarship terms and conditions.

If you wish to accept an award, scholarship or salary that is equivalent to or greater in value than the Graduate Research Scholarship, you can apply for leave from your Graduate Research Scholarship.

To apply for leave from your scholarship:

  1. Log into my.unimelb.
  2. Go to the 'Student admin' tab
  3. Scroll down to the 'Financial support' heading and select the 'Go to financial support' link
  4. Under the 'Scholarships' heading, click on 'Apply for scholarship leave or extension'.

Making changes

Scholarships are usually awarded for the maximum duration and cannot be extended. However, making changes to your enrolment can affect your payments or the duration of your scholarship.

For example:

Your scholarship offer lists the terms and conditions of your scholarship, such as the graduate research scholarship terms and conditions. If you have any questions, contact Stop 1.