Helen Macpherson Smith Scholarship

Established by a donation from the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, this scholarship is available to female students undertaking research study in the two areas of Scientific and Technical disciplines. and Humanities and Social Sciences.

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 $5,000

Applicable study areas

Architecture, building and planning; Commerce, economics and management; Computing and Information; Education, teaching and training; Engineering; Historical, philosophical, political and social studies; Language, literature and cultural studies; Law, legal studies and criminology; Sciences and mathematics

Number of scholarships awarded

Approximately 2

  • 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
    • intend to study as a full-time student unless there are compassionate or compelling circumstances that prevent full-time study
    • not have previously received a graduate research scholarship with similar benefits

    Selection criteria

    This scholarship is offered to eligible candidates with the highest overall score for their academic result for prior study 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.
    • This scholarship can be held concurrently with another graduate research scholarship.
    • 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 a Master by research or Doctorate by research degree by 31 October for commencement in the following year, you will be automatically considered for this scholarship.

  • When will I know the outcome?

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

What are the benefits?

This scholarship provides a stipend of $5,000 per year for 2 years for students undertaking a Master by research degree or 3.5 years for student undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy degree. The scholarship can be held concurrently with another graduate research scholarship.

For further information, see Manage my scholarship

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.