Digital Finance CRC (DF CRC) – RMIT PhD Scholarship

Apply for a scholarship from the DF CRC to undertake your PhD at the frontiers of finance and blockchain.

The DF CRC is a collaboration between industry and universities to commercially exploit opportunities arising from the tokenisation of assets and other innovations in digital finance.

The DF CRC–RMIT co-funded scholarship provides the following benefits to recipients:

  • a stipend of $60,00 per annum pro rata (full-time study)
  • a research support allowance of $10,000 per annum
  • international candidates in receipt of this scholarship are also awarded an RTP International Tuition Fee Offset Scholarship (RIFOS) or an RMIT Research International Tuition Fee Scholarship (RRITFS)
  • all local candidates, Australian and New Zealand citizens or permanent residents of Australia are provided with an RTP Fee Offset scholarship. Applicants in receipt of an RTP Fee Offset scholarship are not required to pay tuition fees for the maximum duration of their candidature

The standard duration is three years full-time. Candidates may apply for an extension of up to six months subject to satisfactory progress and approval from the school, CRC and industry partner.

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To be eligible for this scholarship you must meet the following criteria:

  • Meet RMIT’s academic entry requirements for Doctor of Philosophy programs 
  • Have a background in finance, economics, law or computer science.
  • Be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or an international student meeting the minimum English language requirements.
  • Have good oral and written communication skills.

The RMIT PhD and DF CRC scholarship application processes are independent of one another. To be considered for the scholarship you must submit applications to the DF CRC and RMIT in the following order:

  1. Submit your DF CRC application via
  2. Contact the RMIT Higher Degree by Research Industry Engagement team at to advise them that you have submitted your DF CRC application.
  3. If your DF CRC scholarship application is successful, submit your formal PhD Expression of Interest to RMIT via

Please note:

  • This scholarship program does not accommodate student-instigated projects. If successful in obtaining a DF CRC scholarship you will be connected with one of the DF CRC members to undertake an industry-based PhD project.
  • The RMIT EoI/application process is independent of the DF CRC scholarship program, and obtaining a DF CRC scholarship does not guarantee you entry into a PhD program with RMIT. 

The DF CRC will undertake its research across four interrelating themes. Industry projects on which the PhDs will be based are not available for review, however the research programs offer an indication of the types of projects that will be available. Please contact RMIT Research and Innovation at for further information and guidance on the application process or other queries about the DF CRC. 

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