Completing your research degree is a life-changing experience that often requires some support. Learn more about the scholarships which could be available to help you balance your research with your other commitments.

At Murdoch we offer a range of research scholarships. There are also a number of scholarships offered by external providers, including government and private organisations.

If you’re awarded a scholarship, you’ll receive a payment to help support your study. It is not a loan and does not have to be repaid. Scholarships can help cover fees and living costs and  are available to both domestic and international students, studying both full-time or part-time.

Throughout your research candidacy you may be able to apply for other grants to assist with research costs such as travel, photocopying and thesis binding.

Applying for a research scholarship

Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re exploring your options or preparing your scholarship application:

  • Explore all the options available for your study area.
  • Plan ahead to meet the application deadline.
  • Read all of the scholarship requirements carefully before applying. For example, if you will need a letter from your supervisor to support your application, you might need to ask them sooner rather than later.
  • Make sure you understand what is covered and for how long the scholarship might last.
  • Ask questions early. If you need to know more before you apply, please get in touch with us. If we can’t answer your question directly, we can help you get in touch with the right team to speak with.

Contact our Graduate Research Office

How we review scholarship applications

Every year, our Research Degrees and Scholarships Committee meet in the first two weeks of December to rank all candidates who have applied for a scholarship. The first round of scholarship offers will be emailed by late-December. Here’s what you need to know:

  • If you apply for a scholarship, your application will be assessed based on academic merit and your research potential. Your ranking won’t be affected by your age or whether you have applied to another institution.
  • Competition for scholarships is intense, and you would generally only receive a first round offer if you have an Honours 1 or equivalent.
  • As an applicant, you are granted a score by our Research Degrees and Scholarships Committee in consultation with your school of study. This score is a total of points gained from your undergraduate record, graduate qualifications and research potential and, where appropriate, a score for being in an area of research strength.
  • It’s important to give details of any of your published work including refereed journals, books, non-refereed forums such as journals, technical reports, conference proceedings, conference posters, web based items, performances or works of art.
  • Please also provide details of your relevant work experience in your area of proposed research.

If you’re currently enrolled in a PhD or EdD, you’re eligible to apply for a scholarship.

Explore available research scholarships


Study level

Value ($A)

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Government of Western Australia China ScholarshipAll$4,00030 June 2017
Telethon Kids Institute's Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines & Infectious Diseases Higher Degree Research ScholarshipAll$10,000 per annum31 October 2017
WA Sheep Industry Scholarship ProgramHonoursUp to $5,00031 March 2018
Research Training Program Stipend ScholarshipsMasters/PhD$27,082 per annum31 October 2017
Kulbardi Postgraduate Research Degree StudentsMasters/PhD$27,082 per annum
31 October 2017
WA Sheep Industry Scholarship ProgramMasters/PhD$38,000 per annum31 March 2018
Telethon Kids Institute FASD Research Australia CRE PhD ScholarshipPhD$26,80030 June 2017 5.00pm
Freshwater Fish Group ScholarshipPhD$26,682 per annum30 June 2017
National Library of Australia Summer ScholarshipsPhD$1,80030 September 2017
Potato Research WAPhD$26,682 per annum
Until awarded
Grains Research and Development CorporationPhD$28,000 per annumUntil awarded


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