Melbourne Research Scholarship (MRS)

1st Jun 2017
31st Oct 2017
Study level
Graduate research
Enrolment status
Future student; Current student
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Graduate scheme

Study Area


The Melbourne Research Scholarships were established by The University of Melbourne and awarded to high achieving research students. Each faculty within the University awards a limited number of scholarships per year.

Selection criteria

Graduate Research Scholarships (Research Training Program Scholarships and Melbourne Research Scholarships) are awarded on the basis of academic merit, strategic alignment and supervisor availability. Eligible applicants are scored and ranked according to their academic achievement in their last completed degree/s, their research potential in their field of study, and other factors relevant to the proposed research, such as professional experience, refereed publications, or published creative work.

Strategic alignment includes factors such as fit with supervisor research and expertise, as well as the relationship of the proposed topic to School priority areas (indicative research priorities can be seen at the relevant School website). A small proportion of Graduate Research Scholarships are retained to support the development of specific strategic research initiatives, related to projects or areas of inquiry given priority by the Faculty or Schools.

Additionally, some preference may be given to:

  • Applicants who are graduates of overseas institutions that represent a previously nominated strategic priority for the School and/or Faculty
  • Indigenous applicants
  • Applicants to existing research concentrations
  • Applicants who are early career academic staff employed in universities with which the Faculty has partnerships, particularly in China, India and Indonesia

Applicants who have either already held an equivalent scholarship (RTP, APA or MRS) or who have completed a degree at the same or higher level than that applied for may receive lower preference in scholarship selection.

For scholarship terms and conditions please visit the ask.unimelb Melbourne Research Scholarship web page.

Application deadlines

Domestic students

  • 31 October

International students

  • First round deadline: 31 August
  • Second round deadline: 31 October


There is no midyear intake for Graduate Research courses in Arts, therefore there is no midyear application round.




The amount available for this award is approximate. It will be confirmed at the time of awarding and determined by the committee according to the terms of the award.

The judges' decision will be final and the University reserves the right not to award the prize in the event it is considered that no work of sufficient merit has been submitted. Winning applicants please note the University of Melbourne reserves the right to publish the name of the winning applicant on its websites and other University of Melbourne publications.

Taxation on scholarships

Scholarships awarded to part-time students are assessed as taxable income by the Australian Taxation Office (under section 51-10 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997).

To ensure the correct rate of income tax is withheld, part-time students will be asked to provide a Tax File Number (TFN) Declaration Form prior to payment.

For further information on whether a scholarship is taxable, please visit the Australian Taxation Office website.