How are graduate research scholarships awarded?

Scholarships will be awarded based on academic merit, judged against applicants' prior research-based academic performance (including any publications if applicable) and relevant professional background. The limited number of scholarships available will be allocated to the highest ranked applicants.

In order to be eligible for these scholarships, an applicant must have completed tertiary studies that are at least equivalent to a 4-year honours degree at an Australian university with a minimum result of first class Honours. Generally, students must have achieved an average 'high distinction' grade (University of Melbourne equivalent score 80% or better) in a degree relevant to the intended research higher degree project.

As an indication, applicants with Australian qualifications must generally have graduated with a 'High Distinction' score of 80 or 85% (depending on their university's grading scheme) to be eligible for a scholarship. For applicants with international qualifications, this score of 80 is roughly equivalent to a GPA of 3.5 (out of 4).

For competitive scores see the table below.

What is a competitive score?

83%* 86%*

Indicative of 2016 score for local applicants who were awarded a scholarship.

Indicative of 2016 score for international applicants who were awarded a scholarship.

*Scores are indicative only. There is no guarantee that a scholarship will be awarded to applicants with these stated scores; there are many factors that impact on the awarding of a scholarship.