A.O. Capell Scholarship

This scholarship was established with a gift from Alfred Oscar Capell and is available to research students with an outstanding academic record and excellent research potential.

Application type

No application is required. You will be automatically considered for this award.

Benefit type

General allowance
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $125,000

Applicable study areas

All study areas

Number of scholarships awarded

Approximately 10

  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
    • have applied for and meet the entry requirements for a graduate research degree at the University of Melbourne
    • have not already completed a research qualification at the same or higher level as the course for which a scholarship is sought
    • not have previously received a graduate research scholarship with similar benefits

    Selection criteria

    These scholarships are awarded based on academic merit. Eligible applicants are scored and ranked according to their academic achievement of their last completed degree and their research potential in their field of study. Factors such as relevant professional experience, refereed publications, specialist medical qualifications or composition of original music may be taken into consideration.


    • This scholarship is subject to the Graduate Research Scholarships Terms & Conditions (as amended).
    • Commencement of the scholarship can be deferred to a following year.
    • You must acknowledge the contribution of this scholarship in any published or produced material which relate to the research project for which the scholarship was awarded.
    • You must provide a brief report on the benefits of the scholarship and give permission for the University to provide the report, your name and course details to the donor.
  • Application process

    If you have applied for admission to a graduate research degree by 31 October for commencement in the following year, you will be automatically considered for this scholarships.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Successful candidates will be advised of the outcome of their application via email by the end of January.

  • About the donor

    Alfred Oscar Capell

    Alfred Oscar Capell bequeathed a sum to the University of Melbourne to establish the 'A. O. Capell Scholarship' for high-achieving students undertaking graduate research study.

    Read more about Alfred Oscar Capell

What are the benefits?

The A.O. Capell Scholarship is jointly awarded with the Harbison-Higinbotham Research Scholarship and together provide:

  • Living allowance of $39,400 per year pro rata (2023 full-time study rate) for up to 2 years for students undertaking a Master by research degree or up to 3.5 years for students undertaking a Doctoral degree. The living allowance may be indexed annually and includes limited paid sick, maternity and parenting leave.
  • Relocation grant of $2,000 for students moving from States or Territories other than Victoria or $3,000 for students moving from outside Australia.

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For complete listings of faculty-specific scholarships, please see individual faculty websites.

The information listed here is subject to change without notice. Where we have listed information about jointly run scholarships programs, please also see our partners' websites. Information describing the number and value of scholarships awarded is indicative.