Human Rights Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to domestic or international students who are enrolling in a graduate research degree and undertaking research in the field of Human Rights.

Applications open

1 Jul 2023

Applications closed

30 Nov 2023

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

General allowance
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

up to $94,200

Applicable study areas

All study areas

Number of scholarships awarded

Approximately 2

  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • have applied for and meet the entry requirements for a Master or Doctorate by research degree at the University of Melbourne
    • intend to undertake graduate research in the field of Human Rights
    • be committed to the peaceful advancement of respect for human rights that extends beyond academic studies (such as voluntary work and/or work experience);
    • 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 you from undertaking full-time study
    • not have previously received a Human Rights Scholarship

    Selection criteria

    Eligible applicants are selected on the basis of academic merit, the area of study in and level of commitment to human rights, and the strength of supporting documentation.


    This scholarship is subject to the Graduate Research Scholarship Terms & Conditions

  • Application process

    Submit an online Human Rights Scholarship application.

    Applications usually open in July.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Applicants will be notified of the outcome by email in February of the following year. Reasons for non-selection and feedback on individual applications will not be provided.

What are the benefits?

  • Living allowance of $42,000 per year pro rata (2024 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.
  • Full fee offset for up to two years for students undertaking a Masters by Research degree or up to four years for students undertaking a doctoral degree.
  • Relocation grant of $2,000 for students moving from States or Territories outside Victoria or $3,000 for students moving from outside Australia.
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) Single Membership for international students who require a student visa to study in Australia

For further information, see Manage my scholarship

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