Ernst and Grace Matthaei Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1982 with a bequest from Grace Moran Matthaei, and is offered to students undertaking research in the field of Optics or on problems logically allied with Optics, in particular in study or research in Genetics, Botany, Zoology, Geology, Microbiology or Biochemistry.

Applications open

1 Sep 2020

Applications closed

31 Oct 2020

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

General allowance
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $130,000

Applicable study areas

Sciences and mathematics

Number of scholarships awarded

Approximately 1

  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • 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
    • intend to undertake research in the field of Optics or on problems logically allied with Optics
    • have not already completed a research qualification at the same or higher level as the course for which a scholarship is sought
    • have not previously received a graduate research scholarship with similar benefits

    Selection criteria

    This scholarship is awarded based on academic merit and the purpose of the research. Eligible applicants are scored and ranked according to their academic achievement in their previous tertiary studies, their research potential in their field of study, and other factors relevant to the proposed research, such as professional experience and refereed publications.

    Preference is given to students undertaking research in Genetics, Botany, Zoology, Geology, Microbiology or Biochemistry.


    This scholarship is subject to the Graduate Research Terms & Conditions (as amended).

  • Application process

    Submit an online Ernst and Grace Matthaei Scholarship application.

    Applications usually open in September.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    All applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application via email by the end of December.

  • About the donor

    Grace Moran Matthaei

    Grace Moran Matthaei bequeathed her residuary estate to the University of Melbourne to establish the 'Ernst and Grace Matthaei Bequest.' Grace and her husband's wish was for the bequest to be applied to students who 'pursue senior postgraduate studies or research in the optical field or on problems logically allied with optics.'

    Read more about Grace Moran Matthaei

What are the benefits?

  • Living allowance of $36,200 per year pro rata (2020 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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