Melbourne International Research Scholarships

Deadline: 31/10/2010
Open to:
international students
Scholarship: living allowance, relocation grant, thesis allowance

The Melbourne International Research Scholarships (MIRS) is awarded to international students wishing to undertake graduate research degree studies at the University of Melbourne. MIRSs are funded by the University with each faculty having a limited number to award.


Each year the University offers about 220 new Melbourne Research Scholarships (MRSs), of which about 100 are normally awarded to international students as MIRSs.

Benefits and conditions

Benefits provided by the MIRS include:

  • a living allowance of $22,500 per annum (2010 rate)
  • a Relocation Grant of $2,000 awarded to students who are moving from interstate in order to study at the University of Melbourne or $3,000 awarded to those who are moving from overseas
  • a Thesis Allowance of up to $420 (2010 rate) for masters by research and up to $840 (2010 rate) for PhD and other doctorate by research candidates, and
  • paid sick, maternity and parenting leave.

Please click on the following link for the conditions relating to the MIRS, which includes information about duration of awards; commencement requirements etc.

Eligibility criteria

To be considered for a MIRS, applicants need to have an unconditional offer of a place in a graduate research degree course (eg. masters by research, PhD or other research doctorate) at the University of Melbourne. Please click on the following link for further information concerning the eligibility criteria.

Both commencing and currently enrolled international research higher degree students may apply.

Selection criteria

Selection will be based on the eligibility criteria and academic merit. Scholarship assessment guidelines, tips for applicants and other funding opportunities may be found on the Scholarships Resources webpage.

Application process

Please refer to the How to Apply section of the Graduate Research Scholarships website.

Application outcome

Applicants should view the progress of their application here.

Applicants will also be advised via email as soon as an outcome to their scholarship application is determined.

Closing date and timelines

MIRS applicants should submit their online application for admission by 31 October. Applications received after this date will only be considered for any MIRSs that remain at the time the application is assessed for scholarship.

For University of Melbourne students who are currently enrolled in the course for which they would like MIRS cover, please apply via the Student Portal.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application and all required documents well before the closing date. Applications submitted after this date will only be considered for any MIRS that remain at the time the application is assessed for scholarship.

For detailed selection timetables, please refer to the table of timelines for international applicants.

For further information

Please contact the Melbourne Scholarships Office.

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