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2013 Melbourne International Research Scholarships, University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne is funding international research scholarships for pursuing graduate research degree course (eg. masters by research, PhD or other research doctorate). Total 200 scholarships are awarded each year in which 150 scholarships are awarded to international students. Scholarship covers living allowance, relocation grant, thesis allowance, paid sick, maternity and parenting leave. 

About Scholarship: The Melbourne International Research Scholarships (MIRS) is awarded to international students wishing to undertake graduate research degree studies at the University of Melbourne. MIRSs are funded by the University with each faculty having a limited number to award. 

Study: Any of the courses offered by the University of Melbourne in Australia

Course Level: Graduate research degree studies

Scholarship by: University of Melbourne, Australia

Location: Australia


-The academic requirements to be considered for the graduate research scholarships are the same as those that apply to entry to the PhD, and these requirements apply even if a scholarship is sought to undertake a masters by research. The key academic requirements that applicants must meet are:

-Completion of tertiary studies that are at least equivalent to a four-year honors degree at an Australian university, and

-Applicants normally need to have completed a research project/component as part of their tertiary studies that accounts for at least 25% of their year’s work at 4th year or masters level.

-Examples of tertiary studies that normally meet the academic requirements include: 3-year bachelors course followed by a 1-year honours [eg. BA(Hons), BCom(Hons)] postgraduate diploma masters preliminary qualification, or masters course 4-year bachelor with honours course [eg. BE(Hons), LLB(Hons)].

-First Class Honours (ie. H1) results are required to be competitive.

-Both commencing and currently enrolled international research higher degree students may apply. 

Scholarship Open for: International students can apply

Number of awards: Each year the University offers about 200 new Melbourne Research Scholarships (MRSs), of which about 150 are normally awarded to international students as MIRSs. 

Duration: The MIRS cannot be extended beyond 3.5 years for PhD and other research doctorate students. This means that if a second 6 month extension to the IPRS or MIFRS is approved, the student would need to cover their own living expenses for the final 6 months. 

Value: Benefits provided by the MIRS include:

-a living allowance of $24,653 per annum (2013 rate)

-a Relocation Grant of $2,000 awarded to students who are moving from interstate in order to study at the University of Melbourne or $3,000 awarded to those who are moving from overseas

-a Thesis Allowance of up to $420 (2013 rate) for masters by research and up to $840 (2013 rate) for PhD and other doctorate by research candidates, and paid sick, maternity and parenting leave.

Selection Criteria: Selection will be based on the eligibility criteria and academic merit.

Notification: Applicants will be advised via email as soon as an outcome to their scholarship application is determined. 

Apply: online

Deadline: 31 August, 2013

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