Get the support you need while delivering outstanding research.

RMIT is committed to pursuing innovative and relevant research. Our research scholarships aim to support you during your candidature and provide you with the best opportunity to pursue excellence in your research. Our scholarships support you by offering:

Please note:

There will be no RMIT scholarships available through the usual scholarship rounds for new commencing research candidates in 2021.

An update regarding scholarships will be provided by the end of August 2021 for candidates intending to commence their research in late 2021 or 2022.

It is recommended that you check the range of scholarships made available through funded projects, which are still available.

Scholarship opportunities

RMIT makes research scholarships available to research candidates through competitive scholarship rounds. Scholarships are awarded to successful applicants through a merit-based process that considers academic achievement and relevant research related experience that includes the publication of research outputs.

Applications for scholarship rounds must be submitted by the advertised deadlines.

When you apply for a scholarship you will automatically be considered for all available scholarships within the round.

Only highly ranked applicants will automatically be considered for a Vice-Chancellor’s PhD Scholarship (VCPS).

As part of our commitment to supporting indigenous candidates, if you identify as indigenous Australian and indicate this on your application form you will also be considered for an RMIT Research Indigenous Scholarship that is made available through the rounds.

RMIT offers two main types of scholarships for higher degree by research candidates.

Equity considerations

If you are affected by a disability or are living with a long-term medical condition, additional consideration can be given. If you are applying for equity consideration, further information will be requested when submitting your scholarship application.

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Search for research scholarships

Outside the two scholarship rounds, the University makes available a broad range of scholarships for research candidates through a range of funded projects across many disciplines.

Check the current offerings now.

How to apply

Get up to speed with everything you need to know about applications, including eligibility and identifying your research project.

Scholarships terms and conditions

Read the terms and conditions associated with applying for, and receiving a HDR Scholarship at RMIT

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