Sir John and Lady Higgins Research Scholarship

This scholarship was established with a bequest from Sir John Michael Higgins, and is offered to students undertaking research in the fields of chemistry and biochemistry directly relating to the study and development of pastoral and agricultural industries.

Applications open

1 Jul 2022

Applications closed

31 Oct 2022

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

General allowance
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $94,200

Applicable study areas

Agriculture, animal studies, food science and veterinary science; Sciences and mathematics

Number of scholarships awarded

Approximately 1

  • 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
    • intend to undertake research in the field of chemistry or biochemistry directly relating to the study and development of the pastoral and agricultural industries
    • not have completed a research qualification at the same or higher level as the course for which a scholarship is sought

    Selection criteria

    This scholarship is awarded based on academic merit and the purpose of the research. Eligible applicants are scored and ranked according to their academic achievement in their previous tertiary studies, their research potential in their field of study, and other factors relevant to the proposed research, such as professional experience and refereed publications.


    These scholarships are subject to the Graduate Research Scholarships Terms & Conditions

  • Application process

    Submit an online Sir John and Lady Higgins Research Scholarship application.

    Applications usually open in July.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email by the end of January.

  • About the donor

    Sir John Michael Higgins

    Sir John Michael Higgins bequeathed one-third of his residuary estate to the University of Melbourne to establish a fund. The fund was to be applied to students undertaking 'research work in Industrial Chemistry and Biochemistry as related directly to the study and development of the pastoral and agricultural industries.'

    Read more about Sir John Michael Higgins

What are the benefits?

  • 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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