University of Melbourne International Postgraduate Research Scholarships

Deadline: 31 May (may vary depending the program)
Open to: international students (citizens of a country other than Australia or New Zealand, and not an Australian permanent residents)
Scholarship: tuition fee, health insurance for oversea students, living allowance, thesis allowance


The International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) is funded by the Australian Government and enables international students to undertake a postgraduate research qualification in Australia and gain experience with leading Australian researchers. The University usually awards around 35 scholarships. The duration of the International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) is up to two years for a student undertaking a master by research degree and up to three years, with two possible six month extensions, for students undertaking a doctorate by research degree.

IPRS are awarded on the basis of academic merit. Eligible applicants are scored and ranked according to their:

  • Academic achievement in their last completed degree;
  • Research potential in their field of study, taking into consideration factors relevant to the proposed research including professional experience, refereed publications, specialist medical qualifications or composition of original music.


To be considered for the IPRS, you must:

  • Be an international applicant (ie. a citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand, and not an Australian permanent resident) and meet international student visa requirements;
  • Have completed tertiary studies that are at least equivalent to a 4-year honors degree at an Australian university with a minimum result of first class honors;
  • Have applied for admission to undertake masters by research or doctorate by research degree at the University of Melbourne;
  • Not be enrolled in the course for which you seek scholarship;
  • Have not already completed a research qualification at the same or higher level as the course for which a scholarship is sought.


The IPRS provides for:

  • Full cost of tuition;
  • Overseas Student Health Cover for you and your dependants, if they join you in Australia on a student visa.

In addition, successful candidates that will receive an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) will have the following benefits:

  • A fortnightly living allowance;
  • Relocation grant for students moving to Melbourne from interstate or from outside Australia;
  • Thesis allowance;
  • Limited paid sick, maternity and parenting leave.

You are encouraged  to apply as early as possible so you can be considered for scholarships and Commonwealth Supported Places (where available) and visas if you need.


The University assesses applications for scholarships on an ongoing basis. Next application deadline is 31 May 2015. All applicants will be notified by 31 July. This deadline applies for all faculties except for the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Science.

You must submit an application for admission and scholarship using the Application for Admission to Graduate Research Degree Candidature and Scholarship form.

If you have any questions please contact them here.

For more information please visit the official website.

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