Melbourne Engineering & IT - Indigenous Research Scholarship

The Melbourne School of Engineering welcomes Indigenous Australians to complete a Higher Degree (PhD or Master) by Research at the University of Melbourne. This scholarship includes; 100% fee-offset, a stipend top-up of 75% taking the total yearly living allowance to ~$54,600 (tax-exempt for full-time study), a $10,000 yearly travel & professional development allowance and a relocation grant.

Applications open

1 Jan 2020

Last day for applications

14 May 2021
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Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

General allowance
Fee remission
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

100% fee remission and up to $234,000

Applicable study areas

Computing and Information; Engineering

Number of scholarships awarded

~ 2

  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • be an Indigenous Australian citizen;
    • have applied for a Melbourne School of Engineering graduate degree by research.

    Selection criteria

    Applicants will be assessed based on:

    • Academic merit
    • Strength of research proposal


  • Application process

    There is no application for this scholarship.

    Students need to apply for an Engineering and IT Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master of Philosophy by the course's application closing date to be automatically considered for this scholarship.

    Melbourne School of Engineering has five application rounds; Round 1 - Due 28 Aug 2020, scholarships will be awarded until exhausted.

    Within seven days of having submitted your course application, you will receive confirmation that you will be automatically considered for a range of graduate research scholarships.

    If you already have  received an offer for a graduate research course and deferred commencement of your course to the following year, or you are currently enrolled in a graduate research course for which you seek a scholarship, you will need to submit an online application form.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Students will receive an offer for a Research Training Program Scholarship (Fee Offset) as part of their course offer.

    Offers for Graduate Research Scholarships that provide a stipend and fee offset are made separately but around the same time course offers are made.

What are the benefits?

This scholarship includes;

  • 100% Fee-offset.
  • 75% Stipend top-up ~ $54,600 annual Stipend (Living allowance), pro-rata, (2020 full-time study rate), (paid fortnightly), (tax-exempt for full-time study), indexed annually for up to;
    • 2.0 years full-time (4.0 years part-time) - Master by Research degree.
    • 3.5 years full-time (7.0 years part-time) - PhD (Doctoral degree).
  • $10,000 Travel & professional development allowance, per year (pro-rata).
  • $2,000 Relocation grant for students moving from States or Territories other than Victoria or $3,000 for students moving from outside Australia.
  • Full leave entitlements, including paid sick, maternity and parenting leave.


Prospective students may also be eligible now and in the future for an array of other awards including the;

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To find out more about Engineering & IT at Melbourne, visit Melbourne School of Engineering, our Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master of Philosophy course pages that include links to the research project database and/or reach out at any time:

Ross Peek
Melbourne School of Engineering
Indigenous Engineering & IT Unit

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