Follow these steps to apply for a research program.
- Familiarise yourself with the eligibility criteria and how to apply process.
- Review potential research scholarships and their closing dates.
- Determine your method of application from the table below.
- Check and complete the selection tasks (if applicable) by the relevant closing date (local applicants and applicants studying outside Australia only) – these tasks will be listed in the program entry requirements.
- Complete and submit your application.
Method of application
There are two methods of application depending on your residency type and location of study.
a) Australian citizens and Permanent Residents
b) New Zealand citizens
c) Holders of permanent refugee and humanitarian visas
d) Internationals applying to study outside Australia
2016 admission and scholarship: 2016 Semester 1 and 2 Postgraduate research scholarship and admission application form (PDF 470KB 8p)
If applying for the VCPS research scholarship, please also complete a supplementary coversheet (DOCX 42KB 2p) to be considered for the scholarship.
Internationals applying to study in Australia
Apply online for a program offer.
If applying for a research scholarship, you must also complete a scholarship application form (available from the opening date of the scholarship round).
Only applicants who have received a program offer at the close of the scholarship round will be considered for scholarship.
Depending on your circumstances, the following forms and information may also be required to support your application.
Complete and submit this form with your application if you wish to be considered for a Postgraduate Research Equity Place under the designated equity group of Disability or Long-term Medical Condition.
Alternatively, provide a certified copy of a medical or psychological report from your health care provider.
Application closing dates
Please refer to research scholarships for information about the scholarship round opening and closing dates and how to apply.
Local applicants and applicants studying outside Australia applying for admission only
- Semester 1: applications will be accepted until 5.00 pm (AEST) on 1 March of each year for admissions to the upcoming academic year
- Semester 2: applications will be accepted until 5.00 pm (AEST) on 1 August of the year you wish to commence.
All mailed applications must be post marked by the application closing date for the semester you would like to commence.
Applicants seeking admission to candidature only can expect to receive advice of the outcome of their application within six weeks of receipt of their application by the School of Graduate Research.
International applicants studying in Melbourne
There are no application deadlines, however, you are encouraged to apply 3-4 months prior to the program commencement date. Places are offered subject to availability.
Scholarship method and ranking
Your application will be ranked based on a model approved by RMIT’s Research Committee.
Admission to candidature
All applications will be assessed against the entry criteria for higher degrees by research. For further details on the entry criteria for the research program you are seeking admission to, please refer to the academic entry requirements web page.
Local and international applicants studying outside Australia seeking admission to candidature only can expect to receive advice of the outcome of their application within six weeks of receipt of their application by the School of Graduate Research.
Communication of scholarship decision
The School of Graduate Research will notify you of the outcome of your application via email. Response time will vary depending on your nominated program and school and the time of year you apply. Please refer to the 2016 scholarships timeline (PDF 283KB 1p) for an estimated timeline.
Australian Sanctions Laws – International applicants
RMIT University is subject to Australian sanctions laws that may affect your eligibility to enrol in particular programs. All international applicants from sanctioned countries who have been found eligible for admission into a research program will be assessed against the sanctions legislation to determine whether an application:
- does not present a significant risk of a breach of sanctions legislation and may be considered for admission
- clearly presents a significant risk of a breach of sanctions legislation, and that the application must be denied
- presents a significant risk of a breach of sanctions legislation, but such compelling circumstances exist that the application should be submitted to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for further advice and consideration.
Applicants from sanctioned countries are encouraged to apply early and allow additional time for the review of their application.
For more information about Australian sanctions laws, including how they are implemented and enforced and the countries affected, please visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
HDR Admissions Officer
Phone: +61 3 9925 5570
HDR Scholarships Officer
Phone: +61 3 9925 5570