Victoria University's world-leading researchers are available to supervise successful graduate research scholarship applicants. We will help you become a research-qualified professional.

We offer scholarships for tuition fees and a living allowance (stipend) to assist graduate research students (both domestic and international) with the costs of their study.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit with preference given to students undertaking projects in:

  • one of our areas of research priority (see on this page)
  • areas relevant to the research being undertaken in our research institutes and centres
  • Moondani Balluk research scholarships, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and research using the Foley Collection.

You may be eligible for a graduate research scholarship while you study.

Application dates

Applications for the main round of research scholarships (RTP Stipend Scholarships, VUPRS, VU diversity scholarship, and VUIPRS) are accepted during the following periods each year (for commencement in the following academic year):

  • International applicants - 27 August to 8am, 1 October 2018 (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
  • Domestics applicants - 1 September to 31 October 2018

Other options for funding your research degree

In addition to these research scholarships there are a range of other options for getting assistance with some of your research degree costs including fee scholarships and government funding schemes. Read more about options for funding your research degree.

Don't forget to also check out the externally-funded scholarships - see section for postgraduate coursework and research scholarships.

Areas of research priority

Following are our areas of research priority, with the relevant Field of Research (FoR) Codes:

  • Accounting, Auditing and Accountability (1501)
  • Applied Economics (1402)
  • Applied Mathematics (0102)
  • Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing (0801)
  • Business and Management (1503)
  • Chemical Engineering (0904)
  • Civil Engineering (0905)
  • Cultural Studies (2002)
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy (1302)
  • Distributed Computing (0805)
  • Ecology (0602)
  • Education Systems (1301)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering (0906)
  • Food Sciences (0908)
  • Historical Studies (2103)
  • Human Movement and Sports Science (1106)
  • Information Systems (0806)
  • Law (1801)
  • Mechanical Engineeering (0913)
  • Medical Physiology (1116)
  • Nursing (1110)
  • Psychology (1701)
  • Public Health and Health Services (1117)
  • Social Work (1607)
  • Sociology (1608)
  • Specialist Studies in Education (1303)
  • Tourism (1506)