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 from the ’Method of application’ table below how you need to apply.
- 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 to apply pending 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
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 open 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.
All RMIT research candidates must complete a research methods course. You can apply for an exemption if you have completed a research methods course at RMIT or another institute using this form.
Current RMIT students who are seeking credit for previous RMIT studies do not need to submit transcripts or statements of results. If you are seeking credit for study at other institutions, you must supply certified copies of these documents with 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 the research scholarships for information relating to the scholarship round opening and close dates.
Local applicants and applicants studying outside of Australia applying for admission only
- Semester 1 and 2: from 1 July until 5.00 pm (AEST) 31 March of each year for admissions to the upcoming academic year.
- Semester 2: applications will be accepted until 5.00 pm (AEST) 31 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.
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. Offers are subject to availability of places.
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 applicant studying outside of Australia seeking admission to candidature only can expect to receive an outcome on their application within 6 weeks of receipt of application from the School of Graduate Research.
Communication of scholarship decision
You will be notified about 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 2015 Midyear scholarships timeline (PDF 293KB 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).
Local applicants and applicants studying outside of Australia
HDR Admissions Officer
Phone: +61 3 9925 4980
International applicants studying in Melbourne
Phone: +61 3 8676 7047 or 1800 998 414 (Domestic free call number)
Phone: +61 3 9925 4603