Value and duration

$32,000 stipend per year (+ fee waiver) over the duration of three years

Number of scholarships available

Up to three


  • a Masters by research; or
  • a Masters by coursework with a significant research component graded as high distinction, or equivalent; or
  • a Honours degree achieving first class honours; and
  • meet RMIT’s entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy

How to apply

Apply for a PhD program starting in 2020 at RMIT using the following link:

Email the following to HDR coordinator EFM: A/Prof Peter Sivey

  • A detailed CV
  • Copies of any published or submitted papers where applicable.
  • A research proposal outlining a synthesis of relevant literature, proposed research design, and analytical techniques. This proposal should showcase your skills in written communication, application of appropriate research methodologies and conceptual development.
You are also required to attach a separate document addressing the following additional selection criteria:
  • Evidence of research output including publications, conference contributions and/or technical reports in the field of Economics, Finance or Marketing.
  • Ability to effectively liaise with industry and government to produce high-impact research.
  • Ability to work autonomously whilst displaying a strong commitment to work in a team environment, including the demonstrated ability to confidently and effectively work with colleagues, project team leaders, and industry partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and effectively manage varying workloads and respond to changing priorities as required.

Close date

1 November 2019 (outcomes expected mid December)

Terms and conditions

RMIT's standard HDR Scholarship Terms and Conditions will apply to these scholarships. However note the allowances for this scholarship are specifically $32,000 (plus fee waiver) per year for up to three years and the additional allowances stated in the HDR Scholarship Terms and Conditions are not applicable.

Further information

Candidature Summary

  1. Conduct a review of relevant literature on a research topic in Economics, Finance or Marketing.
  2. Present a conceptual framework that underpins the synthesised research questions and/or hypotheses in this project.
  3. Design studies to answer research questions
  4. Analyse data and write-up results in a PhD thesis-with-publication format.
  5. Disseminate findings by actively pursuing journal publications, attending conferences, engaging with media, and approaching government or industry organisations who have an interest in this research topic.
  6. Contribute to securing funding for research.

Key accountabilities

  1. Conduct a PhD research project that contributes to the overarching research undertaken at the school of Economics, Finance and Marketing.
  2. Collaborate with supervisors.
  3. Attend School of Economics, Finance, and Marketing and College of Business workshops, seminars, HDR conference, professional development, and social events as evidenced in the meeting logs.
  4. Actively pursue journal publications together with the supervisory team as evidenced by drafting and submissions and/or publications.

Successfully pass yearly milestone reviews of the work presented in the College of Business HDR conferences and complete appropriate coursework.


A/Prof Peter Sivey,, +61 3 9925 1321