You can now send your applications for admissions at the University of Melbourne for Fully-funded 2023 Scholarships. The University of Melbourne Scholarships does not require IELTS if an English language proficiency test is provided by applicants. The University of Melbourne offers admissions on fully-funded Australia Awards Scholarships also.
Australia Scholarships for the University of Melbourne are now on a full roll. This is the right time to prepare your scholarship application documents in order to successfully submit your application for the University of Melbourne Scholarships.
Melbourne is a place where world-class researchers choose to study and work. You’ll study alongside talented peers in an environment focused on research impact and relevance, and be supervised by leading experts in your field. Our graduate schools offer graduate research programs in most major disciplines, so you can pursue your passion and develop your career.
Find out how to select a graduate research degree, understand the selection process, scholarships available, and fees, receive your offer, and enroll as an international graduate researcher.
Steps to Apply for the University of Melbourne Scholarships:
When you apply for graduate research degrees at the University of Melbourne, you need to choose a research area, check you meet entry requirements, then apply directly to the University of Melbourne.
If eligible, you’ll automatically be considered for a Graduate Research Scholarship. You may also be eligible for other scholarships and bursaries at the University of Melbourne, which require an application.
To help you do this, follow our step-by-step guide below on how to apply for graduate research degrees.
Step 1. Choose a degree
Choose the graduate research degree you want to apply for. Options include:
- Doctor of Philosophy – Up to 4 years in duration, you will undertake original research on a specialized topic and produce a thesis of approximately 80 000 words. Some of our PhDs include teaching subjects in the first year.
- Doctorate by Research – offering a coursework component in parallel with meetings with your research, giving high-level engagement with the key literature in your research area.
- Master of Philosophy (MPhil) – an internationally recognized master’s degree by research that requires the completion of a thesis of 30 000–40 000 words.
- Masters by Research – different from the MPhil it offers a coursework component, along with a shorter thesis of about 30 000 words.
You can find these on graduate course pages. Also check out the University of Melbourne Research website for information on applications, funding opportunities, and more.
Step 2. Check Eligibility and Fees
You need to meet the minimum eligibility to apply for graduate research degrees. This includes degree requirements, English language requirements, and meeting student visa conditions set by the Department of Home Affairs.
If you want to study for less than an academic year, you’ll need to apply as an exchange or study abroad student through a separate application.
For more information on eligibility, see entry requirements.
Step 3: Prepare Admission Application Documentation Set
At a minimum, you will need to provide academic transcripts and a CV with your application. If you’re currently studying, you’ll also need to provide a transcript of your final results and evidence of completion as soon as they’re available.
If you don’t have verified digital copies of academic documents for prior or current studies and wish to obtain them during your application, you can select Digital VIA when requested during your submission. This includes English-translated documents and can be fulfilled for both interim qualifications and completed qualifications.
Obtaining verified digital copies of academic documents can help fast-track your application and retain it for use with other applications you wish to make. The Digital VIA option includes a one-off charge.
Depending on the course, you may also have to provide a research proposal, folio of creative works, GRE or GMAT test result, or writing sample.
If you’re currently studying, you’ll also need to provide a transcript of your final results and evidence of completion as soon as they’re available. Some graduate schools will consider applications at any time, others only assess applications at fixed times of the year.
If you don’t have verified digital copies of academic documents for interim or complete qualifications, you can select Digital VIA during the application submission to help fast-track your application. The Digital VIA option includes a one-off charge.
Check the graduate degree you’re applying for to find out the application due dates before submitting your application.
You will also need to provide the name and contact details of the two referees. If it is less than 5 years since you completed your last degree, they should be academic referees. If it is more than 5 years since you completed your last degree, they may be professional referees. Once you submit your application, your referees will be emailed a link to provide their references online.
In the event your referee does not receive the email with the link, they may download the appropriate PDF form below and return it to the email address on the form. Please note that the online form is the preferred method for references to be provided, as it links the reference directly to your application.
It is important that you contact your referees well before submitting an application. This ensures they expect the request for a reference. Some graduate schools will consider applications at any time, others assess applications at fixed times of the year only.
Agreement for a Joint Ph.D. Degree
Your Joint Ph.D. enrolment and candidature will be governed by an agreement between us and your partner institution. This Graduate Researcher Agreement will outline your location periods (of at least 12 months) at each institution, thesis requirements, as well as supervision, funding, examination, and graduation arrangements.
This agreement should be obtained from the coordinator of the Joint Ph.D. activity. Coordinator contact details can be found on the websites of the Joint Ph.D. activity you are applying for. The agreement should be completed within your first year of study.
If you want to include in your application details of publications of which you are the author or co-author, please follow the following formatting conventions. Relevant publications include refereed journal articles, refereed conference papers, book chapters, or books that have been published or are forthcoming. Please present publications in the format below: Begin with the most recent publication first:
- Journal articles: author(s), the title of the article, journal title and issue/number, year of publication, page references;
- Book chapters: author(s), chapter title, book editors, the title of the book, page references, place of publication, publisher, and year of publication;
- Books: author(s), book title, place of publication, publisher, and year of publication;
- Refereed conference papers: author(s), paper title, the title of the conference, and date(s) of the conference.
Do not include articles or other works which have not yet been accepted for publication.
Step 4: Apply for Admissions at the University of Melbourne
Early application is recommended for graduate research degrees, as you may be given an early offer by some schools. Late applications may also be accepted if places are available.
- If you’re a current student at Melbourne, apply through your student account
- If you’re a new student, you can apply online. You’ll need to provide a copy of your academic results as part of your application.
- If you need help applying, you can find an overseas representative to help you lodge an application, accept your offer and apply for a student visa (if admitted into the University).
Ensure you apply by the relevant deadline. Check the graduate degree you’re applying for to find out the application due dates before submitting your application.
You can track your application by logging back into your student account, or the online account where you applied, and viewing the status of your application.
Step 5. Be Assessed and Wait for Admission Offer
After you submit your application for admission/scholarship to the University of Melbourne, you’ll receive a confirmation email with your unique student ID and application reference number. If anything is missing from your application, we’ll email you.
Assessment of your application will take approximately 8-12 weeks for most graduate research degrees, however, some graduate schools assess applications in rounds on particular dates. If you are selected for admission, we’ll email you directly with an offer.
If the offer is conditional, you need to meet the offer conditions before accepting it. If you’ve been sent an unconditional offer, you can choose to accept it immediately.
Step 6: Search for an Australian Scholarship
We have one of the most generous scholarship programs in Australia to help with your tuition and living costs.
If eligible, you will automatically be considered for a Graduate Research Scholarship. Other scholarships are available by application. These include:
- Endeavor Scholarships – competitive, merit-based scholarships and fellowships offered by the Australian government, providing opportunities for Australians to undertake study, research, or professional development overseas and for overseas citizens to do the same in Australia.
- Traveling scholarships – for students undertaking research at an overseas institution, such as the Rae and Edith Bennett Travelling Scholarship.
- Other grants and bursaries – some offered by faculties to reward you for academic achievement and to help with the general cost of living and tuition while studying at Melbourne.
Step 7: Plan for accommodation
If you’re planning to move to Melbourne for your studies, there are a range of student accommodation options you can choose from including residential colleges, student apartments, share houses, homestays, hostels, and temporary accommodation.