A new prestigious Vice-Chancellor's PhD Scholarship scheme at RMIT will support high-performance training of top doctoral researchers.
RMIT will offer 10 scholarships under the scheme, each valued at more than $123,400 over three years.
Under the scheme, in addition to a very generous stipend, PhD candidates will also be offered $5,000 a year to support research activities and a further $10,000 publications award payable on thesis submission.
The publications award will continue supporting PhD candidates in the publication of papers and preparation of other outputs to share the outcomes of their research prior to the award of their doctorate.
Professor Calum Drummond, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Vice-President, said PhD candidates were an extremely important part of RMIT's research workforce and contributed significantly to the University's research performance and reputation.
"I am delighted to announce the new Vice Chancellor's PhD Scholarships," Professor Drummond said.
"These are elite scholarships to support research excellence.
"These scholarships signal RMIT's commitment to an intensification of high quality, globally relevant research.
"By offering a complete package - including generous stipend, research allowance and post-submission research support - we anticipate attracting high calibre domestic and international PhD candidates to launch their stellar research careers at RMIT."
The 10 Vice-Chancellor's PhD Scholarships are in addition to an expanded offering of RMIT higher degree by research scholarships in 2015.
RMIT will increase its annual offer by more than 100 PhD and Masters by Research Scholarships next year.
Applications for the 10 Vice-Chancellor's PhD Scholarships and the more than 100 PhD and Masters by Research Scholarships open today (1 September).
Find out more about research scholarships at RMIT.