RMIT offers a variety of research scholarships to support candidates to pursue excellence in their research while furthering their academic and career goals.
Scholarship applications are now closed.
Successful applicants are generally required to commence in the first quarter of 2018.
There are two basic types of scholarship that are made available through the research scholarship rounds. These are:
International tuition fee scholarships
- RTP International Fee Offset Scholarship (RIFOS)
- RMIT International Tuition Fee Scholarship (RRITFS)
Scholarship applications from international candidates are automatically considered for both a stipend and the Tuition / Fee Offset Scholarships.
Additionally applicants in the main round will be considered for:
- Vice Chancellor’s PhD Scholarship (VCPS)
available to commencing international and domestic applicants
When applying for a scholarship you will automatically be considered for all scholarships for which you are eligible. You do not need to submit separate applications.
New Zealand citizens
RMIT is pleased to advise that the recent Australian Budget announcement does not affect the entitlements of New Zealand residents seeking PhD and Master by Research opportunities in Australia. RMIT welcomes applications from suitably qualified applicants for admission and scholarship. Please see How to apply for further information about admission and scholarship for higher degree by research programs.
To be considered for scholarship you must hold, or be currently completing:
- a Master by research
- a Master by coursework with a significant research component graded as high distinction, or equivalent
- a Honours degree achieving first class honours
- a 4 year bachelor degree achieving a GPA of 4 or equivalent (80% or above).
If you do not hold one of the above qualifications, you will only be considered for scholarship if you have previous peer reviewed publications or significant research experience.
Please make sure that you check the individual eligibility requirements of these scholarships prior to submitting your application.
It is also important to note that the scholarship rounds are highly competitive and satisfying the eligibility requirements does not guarantee a successful outcome. When a scholarship round closes all applications are received are ranked in order of merit. This process takes five to six weeks to complete. Applicants are typically advised of the outcome of a scholarship round five to six weeks after the round closes for applications.
Current research candidates
Current research candidates are eligible to apply for scholarship if they:
- have more than 24 months remaining (full time equivalent) of PhD candidature as at 1 January 2018
- have more than 12 months remaining (full time equivalent) of Master by research candidature as at 1 January 2018.
To apply for scholarship, please complete the admission and scholarship application form which is available on our How to Apply
When completing the application form, please ensure you indicate in the relevant box if you are applying for both admission and scholarship, or applying for scholarship as a current candidate. Please note, applications for scholarship will only be accepted within the official scholarship round dates.
Domestic applicants intending to apply for the VCPS scholarship will be required to complete a supplementary application form which is located under the method of application section of our Research Programs page.
You must have received a research program offer which is not conditional upon English before you are eligible to apply for a scholarship.
The scholarship process for international applicants applying for a research scholarship through a scholarship round is a two-stage process:
- Stage 1: Apply for a program offer via iApply
- Stage 2: Complete a scholarship application form which is only available during the applicable scholarship round.
If you intend to apply for scholarship in the next available scholarship round you must be in receipt of an RMIT program offer to commence in 2018 by the close of the scholarship application period.
You should apply for a program offer as soon as possible as admission offers can take up to two months to be issued or more for applicants from sanctioned countries.
To accept your scholarship offer, log on to Enrolment Online. Don't forget to complete enrolment prior to your research commencement date – refer to your offer of admission for further details.
You must accept your offer of admission before you will be able to accept your scholarship offer. To accept your scholarship offer, log on to Enrolment Online. Don’t forget to complete enrolment prior to your research commencement date – refer to your offer of admission for further details.
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