Harbison-Higinbotham Research Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1913 with a donation from William Harbison in memory of George Higinbotham, and is available to high achieving students undertaking research in the area of history, economics, politics, administration, government or sociology.

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 $94,200

Applicable study areas

Commerce, economics and management; Historical, philosophical, political and social studies

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
    • undertake research in the area of history, economics, politics, administration, government or sociology.
    • 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 and the specific purpose of each scholarship.

    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 and refereed publications may be taken into consideration.


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

  • 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 thid 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.

  • Variations of this award

  • About the donor

    William Harbison

    William Harbison, through the administrators of his estate, donated a sum to the University of Melbourne. Prior to his death Mr Harbison, a timber merchant, had expressed his intention of founding a scholarship in the University in memory of George Higinbotham, a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Colony of Victoria. The 'Harbison-Higinbotham Research Scholarship' was established for high-achieving students undertaking graduate research study.

    Read more about William Harbison

What are the benefits?

The Harbison-Higinbotham Research Scholarship is jointly awarded with the A.O. Capell 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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