We offer a variety of graduate research scholarships at Victoria University to help make postgraduate study more accessible.

The purpose of these scholarships is to support high-quality research by assisting students with excellent academic qualifications who wish to participate in postgraduate research programs.

A scholarship provides financial assistance during your study. Some scholarships provide a stipend that covers tuition fees and living allowances, while others provide only partial funding.

All scholarship applicants must meet VU’s academic entry requirements for graduate research, in addition to any eligibility requirements for their scholarship.

Prior to lodging an application, please refer to the information on applying for graduate research.

SCHOLARSHIPS & PRIORITY AREAS

VU is building a community that is committed and contributing to place-based planetary health initiatives. Planetary health addresses the relationship between the health of the planet and health of communities, understanding that each profoundly impacts the other. We are driving this commitment through our research, teaching and learning, and our own university operations.

Our research degrees are is situated in two key research institutions.

INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH & SPORT

The Institute for Health & Sport specialises in Mechanisms and Interventions; Healthy, Inclusive Communities; Clinical and Community Health and Wellbeing; Sport Performance and Business. It supports:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Research
  • Master of Applied Research
  • Master of Research Practice.

Priority areas for the Institute for Health & Sport are:

  • exercise and lifestyle medicine (mental health and wellbeing, physical activity, public health, gait, exercise is medicine, exercise science)
  • health and disease research (COVID-19 drugs and vaccines, cancer, nutrition and metabolism, cardio-metabolic and muscle disorders)
  • big data analytics (sport, integrity, health)
  • sport, diversity, inclusion and social change
  • clinical and community health and wellbeing
  • sport performance and business.

INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE INDUSTRIES & LIVEABLE CITIES

The Institute for Sustainable Industries & Liveable Cities incorporates a broad range of disciplines, including arts, education, engineering, law, science and economics. It supports:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Research
  • Master of Applied Research
  • Master of Research Practice.

Priority areas for the Institute for Sustainable Industries & Liveable Cities are:

  • transport and infrastructure (aligning with the School for Transport Systems and Civic Infrastructure)
  • tourism, events, hospitality (aligning with the School for the Visitor Economy)
  • waste, an emerging area for ISILC: packaging, anaerobic digestion (water), regulation and policy
  • cultural diversity: violent extremism, social inclusion.

More information on these scholarships is available in by reading the 2021 Postgraduate Research Scholarship Application Guide (PDF, 252 KB).

APPLICATIONS

Applications for the 2020 main round scholarships (for commencement in 2021) are open from 10 August to 11 October 2020 midnight (AEST).

For applicants waiting on results from Victoria University or other Australian Institute will have until midnight (AEST) 1 November 2020 to upload your results to your application. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Applications are only accepted for new domestic and international applicants in the Doctor of Philosophy and masters degrees by research. Candidates already enrolled in a research degree at Victoria University or another institution are ineligible to apply for this round.

Apply through the online application system(external link) (external link).

APPLICATIONS

NOTIFICATION OF OUTCOMES

Scholarship rounds are competitive and we estimate that applicants will require the equivalent of 80 and 85 on the VU grading scale for a PhD and research masters degree scholarship.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the scholarship round by early December 2020.

  • Applicants who are eligible for entry into a research degree, but not competitive for stipend scholarship, will offered a research training place (tuition scholarship) by early December 2020.
  • Applicants who are eligible for entry into a research degree, but not competitive for stipend scholarship, will offered a research training place (tuition scholarship) by early December 2020.
  • Applicants who successful in their application will be offered a tuition and stipend scholarship by early December 2020.

Acceptances for a scholarship and direct entry must be received as per the letter of offer by close of business 11 December 2020. Acceptances not received by this date will result in the offer being withdrawn and Victoria University reserving the right to offer the place to another eligible applicant. Please note, offers cannot be deferred.

Successful applicants for a scholarship and successful applicants for direct entry will be advised in due course of the enrolment date and coursework commencement date.