Faculty of Arts Graduate Research International Grant

AGRIG supports Faculty of Arts Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Masters by Research (MA) graduate researchers to travel overseas for at least two weeks to conduct research that is essential to the completion of their thesis. Short periods of fieldwork, archival research and other kinds of on-site data gathering all fall within the remit of the scheme.

Applications open

1 Jan 2023

Last day for applications

31 Dec 2023
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Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

$2,500 - $5,000

Applicable study areas

Historical, philosophical, political and social studies; Language, literature and cultural studies

Number of scholarships awarded

Approximately 30 per year

  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • be a graduate researcher enrolled in the Faculty of Arts,
    • be post-confirmation or within three months of your expected confirmation date,
    • be able to demonstrate that the intended travel and research activity are essential to the timely completion of your research thesis with strong support from your supervisor,
    • be able to present a reasonable and justifiable budget,
    • be making satisfactory progress and have a credible plan for timely completion,
    • have school support for 25% of the total budget requested. Your School Funding will be the source of this contribution, and
    • be able to demonstrate that you have met all relevant University policy requirements relating to your research (such as compliance with the University’s code of conduct for research and student travel policy):

    Selection criteria

    You are required to provide the following information in your online application:

    • A statement clearly outlining the significance of the travel to your research methodology and thesis,
    • A budget for the planned travel in Australian Dollars (AUD),
    • Budget must be itemised in detail,
    • Evidence of sources of quotations budgeted items (ie. air and rail fares, and the source of other costs, etc.), and
      • Any gap in funding is expected to be covered by personal savings or other funding source, which should be indicated on the budget proforma
    • A letter from your principal supervisor outlining in detail.
      • The significance of the travel to the completion of the thesis
      • That you are making satisfactory progress and has a credible plan for timely completion

    Note: When planning to utilise the AGRIG funding you are also applying for School Funding, you are required to contribute a designated amount of your school funding. For example: if you are apply for a maximum grant of $5,000 you must also contribute $1,250 from your School funding. A separate application for your School Funding contribution is not required.


    • Applications for AGRIG submitted prior to your confirmation may be approved provisionally, subject to:
      • Formal approval of confirmation (or conversion to confirmed PhD candidature), and
      • Funds will not be released until the condition have been met
    • Applicants who apply for funding under this scheme cannot apply for additional funding from the GRATS scheme for the same trip
    • Applicants may apply for several research trips under this scheme during their candidature, up to the limit of funding specified above. Each of several trips would normally be expected to be elements of the same research activity essential to the research
    • Graduate researchers awarded a PhD Fieldwork Grant early in their candidature are not precluded from applying later in their candidature for further support for separate research trips to enhance their essential research through the GRATS scheme
    • Jointly enrolled graduate researchers in another Faculty with co-supervision in Arts may be eligible to receive pro-rata funding


    Budgets are expected to be prudent and economical, and budget items may be funded at lower levels than the requested by the awarding Committee. The Committee may choose to award less than the allowable maximum, depending on the quality of the application and available funds.

    • Items usually supported:
      • Travel costs
      • Accommodation
      • Visa or access fees
    • Items not supported:
      • Living expenses/per diem
      • Electronic equipment, such as computers, recorders or other consumables
      • Language study – you are expected to have developed any required language skill prior to travel
      • Travel insurance over and above the University policy
  • Application process

    There are two rounds of applications per year. The 2023 deadlines are:

    • Round 1: 30 April
    • Round 2: 31 October

    Out-of-round applications will not be considered, but may be accepted retrospectively and assessed as such during the following round of applications. Retrospective applications must include all supporting documents.

    Note: funds are limited and competitive for this scheme. It is not guaranteed that your application will be successful. You are advised to ensure you have access to adequate funds to support yourself before travelling.

    To apply for this grant, please submit the form below:

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What are the benefits?

The Arts Graduate Research International Grant (AGRIG) provides Faculty of Arts graduate researchers with assistance to travel overseas for at least two weeks to conduct research that is essential to the completion of their thesis, but do not meet the methodological or lengthy immersive research requirements of the PhD Fieldwork Grant Scheme. Short periods of fieldwork, archival research and other kinds of on-site data gathering all fall within the remit of the scheme.

Graduate researchers will be eligible to receive funding from either the AGRIG or the PhD Fieldwork Grant Scheme, but not both, during their candidature.

Please read these guidelines carefully before submitting an application. You should also consult the Graduate Research in Arts Travel Scheme (GRATS) and the PhD Fieldwork Grant Scheme to determine which is the most appropriate scheme for the purpose of your travel.


The maximum allowance over the duration of the candidature (whether in one long trip, or several repeat trips) is:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – $5,000
  • Master by Research (MA) – $2,500

Schools are required to contribute a minimum of 25% of the total budget. Your School Funding will be the source of this contribution. A separate application for your School Funding contribution is not required.

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